CLC releases recovery plan for construction sector

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has today (1st June) released its ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ – a document with proposals on how the construction sector can recover following the Covid-19 pandemic.

The report, put together by the CLC’s taskforce, outlines a strategy that aims to increase the level of activity across the construction ecosystem, accelerate the process of industry adjustment to the new normal, and build capacity in the industry to deliver strategic priorities.

There are three phases outlined by the CLC, to be delivered over two years:

  • Restart: increase output, maximise employment and minimise disruption (0-3 months)
  • Reset: drive demand, increase productivity, strengthen capability in the supply chain (3-12 months)
  • Reinvent: transform the industry, deliver better value, collaboration and partnership (12-24 months)

Within the document it states that it is anticipated that recovery from Covid-19 will be gradual and that lost output will require circa two years to recover, with most of the recovery taking place in 2021.

The CLC stipulates that costs and delivery times are likely to increase because of lost productivity from implementing social distancing, resulting in the erosion of already low margins further, placing additional cost pressure on firms and making it harder to invest for the future.

Supporting the recovery will require a single industry plan to co-ordinate activity to reactivate the whole ecosystem, according to the council. 

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