Future of construction

Whilst construction in England has carried on throughout the pandemic, we have seen changes in the way things are done on site. Modern Methods of Construction have been seen as a safer way to construct during the pandemic; site inspections have used technology such as drones and cameras to record progress on site and there has been an increased use of Building Information Modelling (BIM). 

In terms of changes in our shopping habits the boom in internet shopping seems to be here to stay and consequently we are seeing an increase in the construction of distribution centres/warehousing often constructed using MF/1 forms of contract.

The Government has issued the Construction Playbook, which considers ESG including modern methods of construction.  ESG considerations will become an increasingly significant factor in development decisions. The benefits MMC brings will see their rise continue. 

The requirement to build safely is at the core of construction in the future.  The Building Safety Bill promotes the concept of a ‘golden thread’ applying to any building ie, that at every stage of a building’s life those involved are responsible for ensuring and recording safety provisions. There are, and will remain for some time, safety issues to be resolved in buildings that have already been constructed, including in relation to cladding and fire safety. Government policy is driving change and we can expect to hear more about safety measures on high rise buildings in future.

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