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CBI establishes Construction Council

Following discussions with the major construction companies, the Confederation of British Industry agreed today to set up a Construction Council in a bid to better represent all parts of the sector.


The Council, which will represent the interests of contractors, house builders, civil engineers, component and product manufacturers, designers and support services, will begin its work in September, the CBI said.


It will be chaired by John McDonough, chief executive of Carillion and vice chairman of the CBI’s Public Services Strategy Board.


Commenting on the move, the CBI's director-general, Richard Lambert said: “The UK construction industry consists of over 250,000 firms, employing 2.1 million people in a wide variety of roles, and accounts for almost 9 per cent of gross domestic product.


“Until now, this important industry has not had the single unified voice it deserves. The Construction Council will work closely with the major trade bodies to strengthen their efforts to represent the construction industry and ensure its concerns are clearly heard.'


John McDonough added: “These are challenging times for the construction industry. While many companies continue to enjoy good markets in the UK and overseas, others, particularly those with exposure to the UK residential market, are facing challenging times.


'Setting up the new Construction Council is, therefore, particularly timely. The Council's new strategic role at the heart of the CBI will enable the whole sector to benefit from the CBI's unrivaled access at the highest levels in Whitehall, Westminster and Brussels.'


The Council will consider a broad range of issues including the economy, energy, land use planning, procurement, climate change and skills.