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Productivity: The biggest challenge facing the construction industry?

Midland_Consc_Summit_176The Midlands Construction Summit is set to return to the National Conference Centre, Birmingham on 14 November 2017.

The Summit will be tackling issues around the future of the UK construction industry whilst focusing on three intrinsically linked key themes: People, Productivity and Pipelines. The conference programme will be tackling these key themes and exploring how the industry can approach and resolve these pressing problems through the experience and learnings from the prominent speaker line-up.

By facilitating knowledge exchange and networking with influential regional construction leaders, the Summit provides a platform to strengthen improvements throughout the industry, whilst also creating an opportunity to acquire crucial information from industry experts on how they have overcome key issues, including productivity, through process and product innovation.

Productivity is a festering problem for the construction industry, having been branded a ‘thorn in the side’ of the sector by the Chartered Institute of Building in their recent Productivity in Construction report. Over the past five years the UK has achieved high levels of employment after the grips of the recession, but has been unable to tackle the matter of productivity, which is a concerning issue for the industry and its growth.

The CIOB have most recently reported that a much broader view of what the industry is trying to achieve is needed in order to increase construction productivity. But most importantly in order to achieve this, the industry needs to rethink and address fundamentals that motivate people and businesses within the sector. These issues will be addressed at the Midlands Construction Summit.

Productivity problems have been recognised for decades, which suggests that the main issues lie deep within the industry. However, although it is important to improve efficiency within the construction industry, there is little to be gained from driving up construction productivity if it means compromising the effectiveness of the buildings and infrastructure that are created.

The CIOB report concludes that in order to remove barriers holding back productivity growth, a holistic approach is needed that focuses on more than ‘constructing more productively’ but embraces a wider efficiency benefits that stem from a better ‘fit-for-purpose’ built environment. The report argues that new business models are needed which intrinsically provide incentives for the firms which improve efficiency through creating greater value. 

Taking place on 14 November 2017 at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham, 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: