Shortages of materials are still a key issue and are likely to be impacted by demands from other, more urgent sectors. The last year has shown how deeply dependant UK construction is on global supply chains.
Despite ongoing supply-side issues, it is encouraging to see that confidence seems to be returning as the UK economy emerges out of Covid-19 restrictions. We will be carefully watching for impacts of the withdrawal of current support packages.
Despite current pressures, it is reassuring to see that the UK remains focussed on its long-term sustainability targets. Over the past twelve months the construction industry has had a strong voice to ensure progress and safety for the sector. Over the next year, this voice needs to feed into the UK’s green growth agenda to ensure that increased carbon-reduction targets can be achieved.