Contractors have laid out their manifesto for the in-coming government.
Building on the infrastructure pipeline is the key priority for economic growth in the wake of Brexit, according to a paper called Delivering Post-Brexit Growth, published by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (Ceca).
Tacking the skills shortage head on, the manifesto says it is a “matter of urgency” that European Union workers’ rights are guaranteed.
The industrial strategy should also have a construction sector deal and investment across the UK needs to be rebalanced, it said.
“We believe that irrespective of the results of the forthcoming General Election, all parties must commit to delivering long-term economic growth through infrastructure investment,” said Ceca external affairs director Marie-Claude Hemming.
“If we are to ensure that the UK remains an attractive place to live and work, the next government must ensure the existing infrastructure pipeline is delivered, that investment in infrastructure continues to drive job creation and growth, and that steps are taken to rebalance the UK economy.”
Ceca added that Brexit gives the government the opportunity to improve public sector procurement.
“Any delay or changes to the existing pipeline of projects will unsettle the markets and undermine business confidence,” said Hemming.
“This could discourage long-term investment in UK infrastructure, which would be bad news for Britain’s businesses and communities, and the strategic interests of the country as a whole.”