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Mandelson confirms industry review

The ICE’s calls for a long-term, strategic vision for UK construction were finally noted by Lord Mandelson on Thursday.

At the Strategic Forum for Construction, the First Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills, confirmed that the Government is to conduct a strategic review of the industry, which would involve input from a team of key industry and business representatives, including ICE.

The review aims to assess a range of issues such as the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to the UK construction industry. It also intends to identify the barriers to improved performance and consider the role the industry can play in making the UK a world leader in low carbon construction and the built environment.

“The ICE will be playing an active role in this review and we look forward to engaging with industry and business to drive forward the best strategy.”

Tom Foulkes, ICE

Following the review, key recommendations will be made to Government and industry which will form the basis of a strategic action plan for industry. It has been over a decade since this country last had a construction strategy and this is a concern ICE has been voicing for some time. ICE director general Tom Foulkes said the announcement of a review was a “significant step”.

He added: “If the UK is to fully benefit from the economic recovery, remain globally competitive and meet climate change targets, a long-term strategic vision for construction is vital. We hope this review will act as a vehicle to delivering that. It is important to remember, however, that a strategy is nothing without leadership. The new chief construction adviser must play a key role.

“The ICE will be playing an active role in this review and we look forward to engaging with industry and business to drive forward the best strategy.”

The review is set to be completed at the start of 2010.

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