What’s next for an industry the UK depends on?

Skanska UK's first webcast in a series that examines the key challenges and opportunities for the construction sector.

A full recording of the Future of Construction digital event is also available here.

Broadcast live from a television studio, and hosted by BBC news presenter, Maryam Moshiri and Gregor Craig, Skanska UK President and CEO, the broadcast brought together customers, supply chain, government and contractors to consider the next 10-15 years for the construction industry.  

During the COVID-19 crisis the industry has been agile, collaborative, and innovative. It has pushed the boundaries in productivity, technology and flexible working, and achieved things in just a few months which would previously have taken years.

The Future of Construction broadcast was a platform for an open and progressive discussion on what lies ahead for construction in the areas of productivity, collaboration, digitalisation, carbon reduction, industry resilience, and inclusion and diversity.

The event included an interview with Mark Thurston, HS2 Chief Executive, highlighting how large construction projects, like High Speed 2, can contribute to rebalancing the economy and revitalising local communities.

The Future of Construction shone a spotlight on the key issues and opportunities for the industry in a post-COVID-19 world, and where efforts need to be directed to ensure it continues to be an industry the UK depends on.

Contributors included:

  • James Sproule, Chief Economist, Handelsbanken UK
  • Paul Patenall, President, British Council for Offices
  • Fergus Harradence, Deputy Director, Construction, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Martin Perks, Commercial Programme Director, Highways England
  • Emma-Jane Houghton, Independent Advisor, Construction Innovation Hub and Crossrail 2
  • Paddy Murphy, Managing Director of Contracting, Aggregate Industries
  • Frank Douglas, CEO, Caerus
  • Loraine Martins, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Network Rail
  • Holly Smith, ICE President’s Future Leader, Skanska/Mott MacDonald
  • Mark Thurston, CEO, HS2

Watch our director’s cut interview with James Sproule, Chief Economist at Handelsbanken UK, giving his views on how the current economic situation is accelerating the pace of change.

Last updated: 23/09/2020