Construction Sector

Laing O'Rourke, St James Quarter

Building back better

Interview with Eamonn Dolan, Operations Manager at Laing O’Rourke
Originally featured in the BITA magazine NetWorks

“This past year has seen some sectors forced to close their doors to help the country manage the spread of covid while others have continued; albeit with dramatic adaptions made to the way they operate. Nearly all businesses have had to seriously consider how they will adapt and prepare for returning to normal, and whether there might be improvements to make while they are at it.

Newbuild House

Double-digit growth for construction in 2021

Construction output is forecast to rise by 14% in 2021 and 6.3% next year, according to the Construction Products Association, (CPA) recently published summer forecast. Private housebuilding and infrastructure are expected to be key drivers of construction growth in this year and next, although the outlook for the commercial sector remains subdued.

CPA economics director Noble Francis said: “The key constraint to our forecasts remains the cost and availability of imported products and skilled labour. The sharp recovery for both UK construction,