Construction professionals asked about their hopes for new construction minister in industry poll

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17th October 2019 14:30 - Construction

Construction professionals asked about their hopes for new construction minister in industry poll: A new survey of 900 construction professionals asked respondents to outline their top request to the new construction minister, Nadhim Zahawi and to the government, ahead of an industry event, which the MP would be attending.

The poll, conducted by the UK Construction Week (UKCW) revealed that many respondents were still focused on Brexit - with 37% saying they wanted to see Brexit completed, while just under a third (32%) said they wanted the government to abort the process altogether. 

The survey revealed differences in opinion when it came to different roles within the construction industry, with 57% of architects who support Remain saying that cancelling Brexit was their top request. Just 15% in this group selected 'to get Brexit completed'. 

The reverse is true when looking at the responses of contractors, with 44% selecting 'get Brexit completed' as their number one request, while just a fifth (20%) said they would like to see Brexit cancelled. 

Other requests put to the minister included the government making advances on initiatives to combat climate change within the construction industry - something that one in ten (9%) chose as their primary request, as well as a cancelling HS2 (4%) and revisiting planning laws and policies with a view to reform so that building is easier (3%). 

Event director at the UKCW meeting, Nathan Garnett, said: “The splits in the construction industry’s views simply reflect what’s happening in society generally. But it is a really difficult time for this sector at the moment, a sector that absolutely hates uncertainty."

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