Sharma heaps praise on UK construction industry

A letter sent from the Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP to industry organisations has praised the whole construction industry for the way it has stepped up to the challenges that 2020 has set.

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In the letter, Sharma sets out the further measures in England to curb the spread of Coronavirus that came into effect from November 5th. He says: “During this difficult Autumn, I want to pay tribute to you and express my admiration for all the work you are doing. Whether working on large or small construction sites, in peoples’ homes across the country, in builders’ merchants, designing and project managing schemes or producing construction and mineral products, you are making an invaluable contribution in supporting the economy.

“Since the outset of the pandemic in March, you have performed a vital role. In the past six months we have seen the industry build the Nightingale Hospitals, accelerate the delivery of infrastructure projects, support vital public services and help the country adapt buildings to become Covid-Secure. Whilst doing this, the industry has itself had to innovate and adapt, changing the way it operates on sites, finding more efficient ways of delivering projects, and collaborating effectively throughout the supply chain.

“My Department and I are in regular contact with industry leaders about the risks, issues and challenges you face. Thank you again to everyone operating in the UK construction sector. You are making a hugely valued and critical contribution to our country.”

sharmaThe letter, addressed to Everyone working in the construction industry, can be downloaded in full here.

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