The Modern Masonry Alliance believe that UK jobs in the building industry can be saved if builders switch from timber frame to masonry construction.
The alliance believe that with the Government scrapping their modern Methods of Construction targets for the affordable housing sector, builders have the opportunity to choose UK-produced bricks, blocks and mortars over imported timber-frame kits. They are urging everyone in the industry to push the message.
MMC targets have cost taxpayers money and caused the importation of timber frame kits, which has resulted in lost jobs in the UK, MMA director Mike Leonard says.
“This practice must now stop! It is indefensible not to take full advantage of the 15% cost saving that masonry offers, and direct public money to buy tried, tested and preferred goods that are produced in the UK,” he adds.
Leonard believes that without this action, the UK will not have the manufacturing capacity needed to build three million homes – even though the government has admitted that this figure is “an ambition, rather than a target”.