Construction and Development
Construction is a strong but challenged sector, with access to finance improving and confidence growing as building work picks up.
Key West of England facts
- 25,000 jobs
- £1.4 billion GVA
- 71% growth in productivity since 2000
- Hinkley Point and Oldbury nuclear station sites will require thousands of skilled workers
- One of the largest UK skills centres based at UWE
- Home to some of the country’s leading designers and architects
Sustainability is a key issue because of its crucial contribution to zero carbon targets and there is scope for involvement in cross-sector work. We are home to some of the country’s leading designers and architects.
The potential of stalled sites was recognised early by the group. Work has been done to focus funding bids, redesign schemes and investigate s106 renegotiations to enable work to begin. Valuable lessons that have been learnt from this study are now being applied to other relevant sites.
Skills needs are being developed through the West of England consortium of Further Education colleges, and The School of the Built and Natural Environment at The University of the West of England (UWE) is one of the largest UK centres. Hosting The Construction and Property Research Centre (CPRC), it is one of the Government’s partners in a network of centres for Construction Knowledge Exchange (CKE).
Other local initiatives include On Site Bristol, The West of England Sustainable Construction Network (WESCON), The Built Environment Skills Alliance, and The Avon Construction Training Group Ltd (ACT).
Sector group information
For more details on this group, please contact John Baker