A Construction Industry Task Force has been assembled to coordinate industry response to COVID-19 and facilitate communication between the sector and Government
The Construction Leadership Council has convened a Construction Industry Task Force.
Its aim is to sustain the industry through the current period when restrictions are in place, and to ensure that the industry is able to drive economic growth and prosperity in the UK once the virus has been beaten.
The members are comprised of trade associations representing both large and small firms in the construction sector, including contractors, specialist contractors, home builders, product manufacturers, merchants and associated professional services, as well as government departments and major clients of the industry.
Members of the Construction Industry Task Force include:
- Andy Mitchell, chief executive of Tideway, and chair of the CLC
- Richard Beresford, chief executive of the National Federation of Builders
- Brian Berry, chief executive of the Federation of Master Builders
- Steve Bratt, chief executive of the Electrical Contractors Association
- Peter Caplehorn, chief executive of Construction Products Association
- Ian Fletcher, director of policy (real estate) at British Property Federation
- John Newcomb, chief executive of Builders Merchants Federation
- Suzannah Nichol, chief executive of Build UK
- Jim O’Sullivan, chief executive of Highways England and chair at i3P
- Alasdair Reisner, chief executive of Civil Engineering Contractors Association
- Mark Reynolds, chief executive of Mace, and CLC skills lead
- John Slaughter, director of external affairs at Home Builders Federation
- Hannah Vickers, chief executive of Association of Consultancy and Engineering
- Graham Watts, chief executive of the Construction Industry Council.
The Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) are also represented on the Task Force.
The Construction Industry Task Force is meeting on a daily basis to share market intelligence and provide updates on issues of concern to the construction sector, as well as information about the support that is available to firms in the industry.
To date, the Task Force has issued guidance to the industry on Site Operating Procedures consistent with the Public Health England Guidelines, the temporary suspension of work on construction sites and contractual matters arising out of COVID-10, guidance on the Job Retention Scheme and the Self Employment Income Support Scheme, and launched an appeal for the construction sector to donate available Personal Protective Equipment to the NHS.