The construction industry has a crucial role to play in the UK’s economic recovery, according to the newly-elected chairman of the Construction products Association.
Bill Bolsover was speaking to an audience of more than 450 senior industry leaders and government officials at the Association’s Annual Lunch last week. He pointed out that, despite the challenges laid down by the recession, construction can play its part in rebuilding the economy.
“Many of the things we marvel at today were conceived in a time of recession, when construction was seen as the one industry that could stimulate the economy, create employment and provide a valuable legacy for future generations,” he said.
Bolsover believes that manufacturers and product suppliers have a key role to play in this. ‘We must raise the product manufacturers and suppliers higher up the ladder of influence in the construction industry.
“Construction does not exist without the materials and products that come together to make the projects that designers create, and the contractors and specialist put together. And the importance of the products within this partnership has become even more important with the drive towards a low carbon economy.”
A full programme of ongoing investment in construction would, he said: