Tuesday, 15 November 2011

How does the construction industry deal with the challenges it faces

The construction industry is multifaceted so it would make sense to establish as clearly as possible what we mean or who we mean when we talk about the “construction industry”.  Broadly speaking, those who work in the construction industry operate in the fields of architecture, civil engineering, mechanical and electrical engineering as well as surveying and project management.  This list is not exhaustive but goes at least some way to ascertaining the types of people involved in construction work.

“We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us” (Winston Churchill)

The construction industry itself is of massive importance to the UK economy so it is vital that it faces any challenges head on.  Since the industry is reliant on investment from both public and private quarters, it is subject to economic upturns and downturns and in the current economic climate the withholding of investment has been a massive challenge faced by all those working in the construction industry. 

Although one cannot doubt the impact that the recession both in the UK and internationally has had on the construction industry, it is important to remember that everyone in this sector is used to the ever changing demands placed upon them.  By its very nature, the construction industry is heavily legislated and the legislation itself is forever changing and developing.  The construction industry will deal with the challenges it faces by doing what it has always done.  It will find new and innovative ways to keep up to date with both legislative changes and economic demands to ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of construction excellence.

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