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Construction siteBIS's construction sector unit works with industry and other stakeholders to deliver a marked improvement in business performance in construction in terms of productivity, profitability and competitiveness.

Paul Morrell was appointed Chief Construction Adviser in December 2009. 

An initial priority for the CCA is to lead the Construction Innovation and Growth Team which has now produced its Final Report (PDF, 4.8 Mb) . This is part of the challenge to bring the industry together to identify how best to deliver the 2050 carbon reduction commitments, to meet the broader challenges of the low carbon future, and to capture the many new opportunities it will bring.

The UK construction industry consists of over 300 000 firms employing over 2 million people in a multitude of roles. The sector is defined as one which embraces the construction materials and products; suppliers and producers; building services manufacturers, providers and installers; contractors, sub-contractors, professionals, advisors and construction clients and those organisations that are relevant to the design, build, operation and refurbishment of buildings.

The UK construction sector contributed 8.3% of the nations GVA (Gross Value Added) in 2008. UK designers, civil engineers, contractors, component & product manufacturers have a worldwide reputation for working overseas, providing high-tech solutions to environmental, transport & building projects. (Statistics on the sector are available from the Construction Statistics and Economics pages.)

With the support of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) the British Standards Institution (BSI) has developed a specification for pre-qualification criteria in the construction industry

Visitors interested in reviewing the full range of BIS Business Group sector documents should visit the BIS Publications web site.

While new material (reports, etc.) issued by the Business Group sector teams will be posted here initially, the majority of our reports can be found in the Publications area of the BIS web site.

BIS Outreach programme

A new initiative from BIS whereby civil servants will undertake short placements in your organisation.

The programme aims to strengthen relationships and build credibility with our stakeholders.

Learn more about the BIS Outreach programme


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Minister responsible

Mark Prisk is the minister responsible for this policy area.

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