Members Hub
Join Today
Become a Built Environment Hub member today and take advantage of the benefits of membership.
Subscribe to our free newsletter
Find a member...

Modernise or Die: One Year On

Mark_FarmerSince its publication in 2016, Modernise or Die – Mark Farmer’s Review of the UK Construction Labour Model has been hailed as a landmark report and one year on, the Government has recently published a response to the reviews recommendations.

This response includes a summary of the Government’s position on Mark Farmer’s 10 key points that laid bare some fundamental and long-standing failings of the construction sector and the recommendation to modernise the industry with the greater use of offsite technology. For the future economic and productive stability of the UK, the approach of Government and for many operating with the construction industry needs to change and restructure habits and mindsets like never before.

Across the board, the Government is mostly supportive of all recommendations in Modernise or Die apart from Farmer’s ‘Recommendation 10’ - that centres around the Government introducing a charge on business clients of the construction industry to influence commissioning behaviour and to supplement funding for skills and innovation at a level commensurate with the size of the industry – potentially at no more than 0.5% of construction value, with a clear implementation timetable.

For many construction industry insiders, the big unresolved questions surround timescales. There has been much written, recommended and agreed on paper but the real pressure is on the industry bodies, those operating in the manufacturing and delivery supply chains to making the changes that have – on the most part it seems – been agreed by all.

Mark Farmer will address the Government’s response to the report at the Midlands Construction Summit, taking place on 14 November 2017 at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham.

Mark Farmer will be joined at the event by an outstanding speaker line-up that includes: Robin Lapish, Supply Chain Manager – HS2; Joshua Southern, Associate Director - KPMG; Ann Bentley, Global Chairman - Rider Levett Bucknall; Lorraine Gregory, Partnership Manager – CITB. For the full list of speakers go to:

This combined conference and exhibition will guide and help the Midlands built environment sector to define their route map for grasping the strategic opportunities in a lively and structured way, allowing for plenty of input from industry leaders and their suppliers coalescing around a range of key themes. Tickets cost £95 + vat and include entry into the conference and exhibition, parking, refreshments and lunch. To find our more or to secure your place at the Midlands Construction Summit go to: