Construction

Construction is a solid contributor to the UK and the North East economy. It is also a sector that traditionally faces challenges including low productivity and skills shortages.

The North East has a strong construction sector in terms of numbers of businesses that are medium sized and need to respond to changing markets and challenges.

Through the Strategic Economic Plan, the focus is on key opportunities for collaboration including:

• The challenge of a more sustainable industry using new types of resources, reducing energy use and promoting recycling of materials

• Innovation in design, focused on the North East strengths in Building Information Modelling

• Joint work on procurement and supply chain activity

Here in the North East, our aim is to accelerate construction by developing skills and regional design expertise, as well as focusing on new technologies such as modular construction and materials including the use of timber.

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