BUILD UK Updates

View the latest updates from Build UK, the leading representative organisation for the UK construction industry, on this page.

Build UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK construction industry. By bringing together Clients, Main Contractors, Trade Associations representing over 11,500 Specialist Contractors and other organisations committed to industry collaboration, Build UK represents in excess of 40% of UK construction.  

Their regular updates contain important information for our industry.

Last Updated: 23/05/2024

Representing #TeamConstruction

Build UK has consistently demonstrated that we can achieve so much more by bringing the whole supply chain together, from keeping the industry open during COVID‐19 to rolling out the Common Assessment Standard for pre‐qualification, which now enables members to demonstrate their organisational capability under the Building Safety Act. The industry continues to face significant challenges, and a huge thank you to all those members who have attended our meetings and events in recent weeks as the information and insights you provide help us to respond to issues so much more effectively.

With a General Election now confirmed for Thursday 4 July, the need for a clear and consistent voice from #TeamConstruction, working collectively to deliver our infrastructure needs, is more important than ever. We are delighted to welcome G & A M Lawson, a civil engineering, plant hire and haulage specialist, as our latest Contractor member following a recommendation from Client member, Sellafield. That is #TeamBuildUK in action and if you know of any other organisations that would benefit from all the work we are doing, then please encourage them to join us.

There will be no Build UK update next week due to the bank holiday and we will be back in your inboxes on Thursday 6 June with all the latest news. We hope you all have a relaxing and well‐deserved break over the long weekend!

Infrastructure Progress Review 2024

The National Infrastructure Commission has released its Infrastructure Progress Review 2024, which shows that the Government’s record on infrastructure delivery over the last 12 months has been ‘mixed’. Whilst there has been progress in areas such as the deployment of digital networks and the revision of National Policy Statements for energy, national networks and water resources, other areas have seen few developments or progress reversed, including the roll out of heat pumps and the scrapping of the second leg of HS2.

Confirming that “infrastructure is pivotal to addressing some of the hardest policy challenges facing the UK”, the review calls on the Government to “provide policy stability, making faster decisions and committing to them for the long term”. It details the actions that should be taken over the next Parliament, including setting out a national infrastructure strategy, increasing investment and removing the barriers that slow down delivery.

PI Insurance Market Update

Build UK Professional Services member Miller is reporting more capacity in the construction Professional Indemnity (PI) insurance market, with increased appetite from insurers leading to a reduction of between 5 ‐ 10% in rates in the first quarter of 2024. There is also greater availability of cover and some insurers are demonstrating a willingness to write limited cover back into policies in respect of fire safety after years of outright exclusions. However, the changes brought about by the Building Safety Act, including increased limitation periods under the Defective Premises Act, have prompted insurers to focus on how companies are managing risk, and it is conceivable that they may look to manage their positions if there is an increase in high value claims.

Build UK’s comprehensive guide to PI Insurance, produced with the support of Miller, provides an overview of what PI insurance is, why it is needed, and the steps that can be taken to obtain the best terms in the current market when taking out a new policy or renewing an existing one.

Building Safety Latest

The first legal action brought by the Government under new powers introduced through the Building Safety Act has seen the Court rule in its favour and issue a Remediation Order requiring the freeholder to fix building safety issues within a mandated timeframe. Under the Act, the Building Safety Regulator, councils, and fire and rescue services all have powers to take enforcement action against building owners not complying with their obligations to leaseholders.

The guidance on Registered Building Inspectors (RBIs) has been updated with more information on the four classes of RBI and the different building types they can work on. The guidance on sanctions which can be imposed against an RBI who is found to have breached the Code of Conduct has also been updated.

Under the Building Safety Act, dutyholders must be competent to undertake their role. Where the Principal Contractor is an organisation, it must designate an individual under its control to manage its functions, and Build UK member CIOB has developed the Principal Contractor Competency Certification Scheme for individuals who are members of CIOB (or an alternative qualifying professional body), with a relevant construction qualification and more than three years’ experience in managing building works, to demonstrate their competence for this role

Industry Outlook

The latest Construction Skills Network report published by CITB estimates that the industry will need to recruit an additional 251,500 new workers by 2028 (50,300 per year) in order to meet the expected levels of work, with the major sectors for demand including private housing, infrastructure, and repair and maintenance.

IA Roundtable

Professional Services member 3B is hosting a roundtable on the end of Industry Accreditation (IA) on Thursday 13 June at 8:00am. With contributions from CSCS and Contractor member Kier, it will outline the support available for moving workers onto the right card, and please email Build UK if you are interested in attending.

RIDDOR Guidance Updated

The HSE has updated its guidance on the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) to help employers understand when they should submit a report. It includes additional information on the types of reportable incidents, particularly occupational diseases, and changes to the online forms.

Net Zero Update

CO2nstruct Zero now has over 240 Business Champions, who have committed to one or more of the nine priorities within the CLC programme to drive carbon out of the sector. By signing up, members can help the CLC to collate the actions being taken across the industry, and the next round of applications will open in September.

Countdown to InstallerSHOW: 25 ‐ 27 June

InstallerSHOW is back and bigger than ever for 2024! The event from one of Build UK’s newest members focusing on the sustainable delivery of heat, water, air and energy is taking place from Tuesday 25 ‐ Thursday 27 June at the NEC, Birmingham.

With an extensive speaker programme, including a record 10 content streams on Housing, Climate Solutions, Big Buildings, Solar Innovations, and Connectivity, plus more than 600 exhibitors, InstallerSHOW is packed full of solutions for any scale project. Build UK members can discover new products, network and get the latest on industry trends to help deliver sustainable buildings on the route to net zero.

InstallerSHOW is free to attend, including parking, and members must register for tickets in advance via the InstallerSHOW website.

Last Updated: 16/05/2024

#TeamBuildUK: Driving the Industry Forward 🏎️

Thank you to all those Build UK members and stakeholders who joined us for our latest networking event at the F1 Arcade in London last week. Kindly sponsored by ConstructAI, Multiplex and SCAPE, it was a fantastic evening of industry networking in a unique location with the opportunity to race around some iconic tracks at the wheel of an F1 simulator!

Congratulations to our tournament winners ‐ including representatives from AFI, CFA, IPAF, JSP, Multiplex and Anderson Strathern ‐ who each received a year’s free subscription to ConstructAI. The AI tool built by Weston Analytics provides information specifically designed for the construction industry to help improve decision‐making and operational efficiency for businesses and projects. All Build UK members can enjoy 50% off the first month of a professional subscription to ConstructAI when using the code ‘BUILDUK2024’ at checkout.

Demonstrating Competence

Under the Building Safety Act, anyone appointing an individual or organisation to undertake design and construction work has a duty to ensure that they are competent. For individuals this means having the appropriate skills, knowledge, experience and behaviours, whilst organisations must demonstrate ‘organisational capability’.

For organisations, the Common Assessment Standard is an established third‐party certification scheme, recognised by Government in PPN 03/24 and supported by the CLC, which requires the appropriate management policies, procedures and systems to be in place. The latest version of the Common Assessment Standard, which will be launched at the end of this quarter, includes a new Building Safety section, meaning Build UK members can demonstrate compliance with their dutyholder responsibilities by ensuring that those in their supply chain are certified to the Common Assessment Standard by one of the Recognised Assessment Bodies.

For individuals, cards carrying the CSCS logo provide evidence of their qualifications and training for the job that they do on site, as part of determining competence. Working Group 2, supported by the CLC, is continuing the drive to set out the competence framework (or ‘path to competence’) for each specialist installer occupation. It is intended that those elements which can be assessed will be reflected on the relevant CSCS card and that continued development to maintain the required level of competence will also be included once this work has been completed.

More skills and training news can be found in our Recruit, Train and Retain update.

Support from the B&CE Charitable Trust

The B&CE Charitable Trust donates funds each year to various initiatives that support people working in construction. One of its main priorities is providing career opportunities within the industry, and in 2023 it helped almost 500 individuals secure roles in construction or undertake related further education. Grants are available to organisations for education and training leading to accredited qualifications, as well as for health and safety initiatives and research that will benefit the industry, and members can find out more by emailing [email protected].

People’s Partnership is a Build UK Partner and was known as B&CE until 2022, with the B&CE name being retained for construction‐specific products, such as the Charitable Trust. Further information about People’s Partnership and how its products could support your employees can be found on the People’s Partnership website.

JCT Minor Works 2024

JCT has published the 2024 edition of its Minor Works Building Contract, which is designed for smaller projects where the work is of a simple nature. It is the second contract in the JCT 2024 edition to be released after the Design and Build Contract last month, and both contracts are available to purchase via the JCT Construct subscription service, in On Demand digital form, and in hardcopy.

FIS Safety Alert

Build UK Trade Association member FIS has issued a safety alert on the suitability of gypsum‐based systems in the construction of smoke shafts for mechanically ventilated systems. Its members are being advised to seek clarification on performance requirements in accordance with BS EN1366‐8 and where the shaft is classified to BS EN 13501‐4 or elevated negative air pressures are referenced.

Pay Rates 2024

The CIJC has agreed new pay rates from Monday 24 June, which include a 4.5% increase in the basic wage rates. From 1 January 2025, the annual holiday entitlement will increase from 22 to 23 days, plus eight bank holidays. The new rates should be read in conjunction with the Working Rule Agreement and Holiday Entitlement 2024.

Materials Update

The latest update from the CLC Material Supply Chain Group continues to show good levels of product availability across the board. However, there are reports of price volatility affecting timber products, as a result of reduced production, and PIR insulation boards due to issues around the supply of chemicals used in their manufacture.

Building Safety Course

A group of Build UK members, led by Equans, has developed a training course on the Building Safety Act to provide an overview of the changes and the responsibilities of the various dutyholders, which is suitable for all members of the supply chain. Building Safety Act: Awareness is available as an e‐learning course via the CIOB website for £25 + VAT and Build UK members can receive a 20% discount by entering the code ‘bsabuild24’ when registering.

Professional Services member 3B Training is delivering the course, which is titled Understanding the Building Safety Act, online with a live trainer for a cost of £195 + VAT. It can also be delivered in person to suit a company’s needs and the price will be confirmed upon enquiry. CITB‐registered employers will receive a £60 grant for each individual that completes the course either online or in person.

Last Updated: 13/05/2024

Are You Ready for the End of Industry Accreditation?

In line with the latest version of the CLC recommendation on Industry Card Schemes, which confirms that all cards carrying the CSCS logo for skilled occupations should be achieved by qualification, cards obtained via Industry Accreditation will no longer be renewed from 30 June 2024 and all such cards will expire on 31 December 2024. CSCS has issued guidance on replacing Blue, Gold and Black Industry Accreditation cards issued by the core scheme, and there are now just 25,000 individuals holding these cards, down from more than 60,000.

Members should be identifying the appropriate route for each of their workers to move onto the relevant card, which will depend on their occupation and any qualifications they hold. For any workers who need to complete a qualification, you should be putting in place a plan as soon as possible, and there are currently increased CITB grant rates for the achievement of certain S/NVQs when replacing Industry Accreditation cards. CSCS does not issue cards for non‐construction related occupations and anyone who no longer attends site regularly may not require a card.

Demonstrating Competence

Under the Building Safety Act, anyone appointing an individual or organisation to undertake design and construction work has a duty to ensure that they are competent. For individuals this means having the appropriate skills, knowledge, experience and behaviours, whilst organisations must demonstrate ‘organisational capability’.

For organisations, the Common Assessment Standard is an established third‐party certification scheme, recognised by Government in PPN 03/24 and supported by the CLC, which requires the appropriate management policies, procedures and systems to be in place. The latest version of the Common Assessment Standard, which will be launched at the end of this quarter, includes a new Building Safety section, meaning Build UK members can demonstrate compliance with their dutyholder responsibilities by ensuring that those in their supply chain are certified to the Common Assessment Standard by one of the Recognised Assessment Bodies.

For individuals, cards carrying the CSCS logo provide evidence of their qualifications and training for the job that they do on site, as part of determining competence. Working Group 2, supported by the CLC, is continuing the drive to set out the competence framework (or ‘path to competence’) for each specialist installer occupation. It is intended that those elements which can be assessed will be reflected on the relevant CSCS card and that continued development to maintain the required level of competence will also be included once this work has been completed.

CITB Business Plan Published

CITB has launched its Business Plan 2024‐25 which sets out three priorities designed to support the industry to recruit and train the workforce it needs now and in the future:

  • Inform and enable diverse and skilled people into construction by increasing direct support for employers to recruit and retain the people they need and providing careers information to a wider range of potential new entrants.
  • Develop a training and skills system to meet current and future needs by establishing an industry‐owned definition of competence and identifying alternative entry routes.
  • Support the industry to train and develop its workforce by investing in the existing workforce and making sure that training provision works for industry, with a particular focus on improving the accessibility of training SMEs.

CITB will measure its performance in delivering the Business Plan against three key measures: 15% increase in the number of new entrants, 14% increase in the number of employers supported to train and upskill their workforce, and 13% increase in the number of individuals supported to train and upskill.

CITB is hosting a conference on Thursday 6 June at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester to outline the support available to CITB‐registered employers, including grants and funding, with a choice of four workshops on current industry topics. The conference is free to attend and members can register online.

Talent Retention Scheme

The CLC has confirmed that the Construction Talent Retention Scheme will continue to operate in order to help the industry retain people with the skills it needs. It is a free job matching service which members can use to recruit experienced staff by listing their vacancies and searching CVs of potential candidates.

Skills Inquiry

The House of Lords has launched an inquiry, Skills for the future: apprenticeships and training, looking at whether the current systems for apprenticeships and in‐work training meet the needs of employers and the UK economy and, if not, how they should be reformed. The deadline to submit evidence is Thursday 30 May.

CIOB Report

Build UK member CIOB has published a report on how businesses in construction can make recruitment more accessible to individuals with a criminal record and the positive outcomes that can be achieved. It includes a case study from Build UK member Kier on its programme with prisons to provide opportunities to people with criminal convictions.

Mental Health Awareness

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme this year is #MomentsForMovement. Whilst many workers in construction have physically active roles, others spend long periods each day sitting down, and the Mental Health Foundation has published tips on making time for movement, which can protect mental health, reduce stress, and improve sleep.

New Industry Appointments

Luke Hall MP has been confirmed as the new Skills, Apprenticeships and Higher Education Minister, succeeding Robert Halfon MP who held the post for 17 months. Alan Mak MP is the new Construction Minister and will take up the position of Co‐Chair on the CLC, succeeding Nusrat Ghani MP.

CITB has appointed five new trustees to its Board, including Build UK members Rachael Cunningham (Laing O’Rourke) and Stephen Gray (BAM Nuttall). They join fellow members Holly Price (Keltbray), Louisa Finlay (Kier) and Sophie Seddon (Novus) on the Board, which is responsible for CITB’s governance and strategic direction.

Dame Janet Paraskeva, a former civil service commissioner and ex‐Chief Executive of the Law Society, has been confirmed as the new Chair of the CSCS Board from 1 May 2024, succeeding Carolyn Uphill.

Last Updated: 09/05/2024

Building Safety Guide Updated

Build UK has updated its guide to the building safety regime to reflect the latest information and guidance that has been published. The changes in the May 2024 version include:

Build UK has also updated its overview of the Golden Thread to include details of the Building Control Approval information that should be included in the Golden Thread, as set out in the latest version of the BSR guidance. The BSR is regularly updating its guidance on the new regime and members should always refer to the latest online version of a guide for the most up to date information. For more building safety news, please see our latest Building Safety update.

Tackling Modern Slavery

Construction has been identified by the Home Office as a high‐risk sector for modern slavery due to its complex supply chains, multiple levels of sub‐contracting and high turnover of labour on projects. Large companies with an annual turnover of more than £36 million are legally required to publish an annual modern slavery statement setting out the steps taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of their business or supply chain.

The Stronger Together construction programme, led by Build UK member CIOB, is designed to help all employers in the industry ensure workers are recruited responsibly and work free from exploitation. It offers a wide range of free resources, which members can access after registering, including a toolkit to help identify and prevent modern slavery. Supported by the Government, the charity Unseen operates a confidential helpline to report any concerns about exploitation, which can be reached via 08000 121 700

Enter the Building Awards!

Build UK is delighted to support the Building Awards again this year, with entries now open across 21 categories, including a number of new categories for 2024. It is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your achievements and the hard work of your teams over the last 12 months, and a number of Build UK members went home with a trophy in 2023, including Mace (Major Contractor and Project of the Year), Berkeley Group (Housebuilder of the Year) and Tilbury Douglas (Digital Excellence Award)! It’s free to register to view the criteria and the deadline for entries is Friday 7 June.

The Building Awards 2024 will take place on the evening of Tuesday 5 November at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London and tickets will go on sale shortly.

Payment Performance

Build UK has updated its payment performance table with the latest results published under the Reporting on Payment Practices and Performance Regulations. Our ‘tier one’ Contractor members pay invoices in an average of 29 days, down from 45 days when the table was launched in 2018, with 95% paid within 60 days.

Drugs & Alcohol Policy

Build UK’s template Drugs & Alcohol Policy, produced with the support of Eurofins Workplace Drug Testing, provides a consistent framework for drug and alcohol testing across the industry. Members can adopt the policy, which is endorsed by the CLC, in its entirety or incorporate elements of it into their own policy.

CLC Carbon Commitments

Build UK members National Highways and Sellafield are among the first clients to sign up to the CLC’s Five Client Carbon Commitments. These are practical steps organisations can take to reduce their carbon emissions, including eliminating the most carbon‐intensive concrete and steel products.

Carbon Tax Consultation

HMRC and the Treasury are consulting on proposals for the UK carbon border adjustment mechanism, which will place a tax on certain carbon‐intensive imported goods, including cement, ceramics, and iron and steel, from 1 January 2027. The deadline to submit a response is Thursday 13 June.

Mental Health Awareness Week ‐ Get Involved

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from next Monday 13 ‐ Sunday 19 May and the theme this year is movement and helping people to find moments for movement in their daily routines. Whilst many workers in construction have physically active roles, others will spend long periods each day sitting down, and the Mental Health Foundation has published tips on how to make time for regular movement, which can protect mental health, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve sleep.

Members can get involved on social media next week using the hashtag #MomentsForMovement to show their support.

Last Updated: 08/05/2024

Members Hear from BSR and LABC

Thanks to all those members who attended our latest Building Safety call last month where Andrew Moore, Head of Operations Planning and Building Control at the Building Safety Regulator (BSR), and Martin Taylor, Executive Director at Local Authority Building Control (LABC), gave a unique insight into the latest phase of the building safety regime from 6 April.

  • Applications at Gateway Two must demonstrate compliance with Building Regulations, including sufficient information to show how the building will be built, and there will be a robust but proportionate approach from the BSR, which will not result in any watering down of standards, as suggested in recent media articles.
  • When applying for Building Control Approval, the Building Regulations compliance statement should contain a clear ‘narrative’ setting out how the planned work will meet Building Regulations, including the guidance or standards used.
  • LABC is no longer able to provide pre‐planning advice in relation to applications for Higher‐Risk Building (HRB) projects where it would create a conflict with its role in providing building control services; however, it is anticipated that LABC will continue to signpost to best practice guidance.
  • The role of Principal Designer should be undertaken by a lead designer who has authority over design decisions and is able to co‐ordinate the design work and challenge the design team to ensure all designs comply with relevant Building Regulations. In the event of a change in Principal Designer, there is a formal handover process within the regulations (section 11O) that must be followed.
  • There is a need to clarify the requirements for hospitals and care homes at different stages of the HRB regime, for example whether Gateway Three approval is required before wards can be reoccupied after refurbishment work.

Our next Building Safety call will take place on Tuesday 18 June at 8:30am and your nominated Building Safety representative will shortly receive details directly. Build UK Chief Executive Suzannah Nichol also chaired the final webinar on the Building Safety Act hosted by the BSR and the CLC, and the series is available to watch on demand.

Building Safety Guide Updated

Build UK has updated its guide to the building safety regime to reflect the latest information and guidance that has been published. The changes in the May 2024 version include:

Build UK has also updated its overview of the Golden Thread to include details of the Building Control Approval information that should be included in the Golden Thread, as set out in the latest version of the BSR guidance. This Build UK guide is intended for members only and please do not share via websites or social media.

The BSR is regularly updating its guidance on the new regime and members should always refer to the latest online version of a guide for the most up to date information.

Changes to Approved Document B

Amendments to Approved Document B (Fire Safety) were published on 29 March 2024, which include new guidance for second staircases in new residential buildings above 18 metres in height. There are transitional arrangements which mean:

  • Until 30 September 2026, new Building Regulations applications can meet either the new or the previous guidance.
  • After 30 September 2026, any applications following the previous guidance where building work has started prior to that date will have 18 months to sufficiently progress.

Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Michael Gove has confirmed in a written statement to Parliament that the new guidance on second staircases, which is intended to “provide additional capacity to reduce congestion, support egress and facilitate additional access for firefighting and rescue”, will apply nationally. When changes are made to the Building Regulations or new guidance is issued, a separate amendment is published which should be read in conjunction with the original Approved Document until it is updated to incorporate the changes.

Building Remediation Hub


Homes England has launched the Building Remediation Hub which allows applications for the Building Safety Fund and the Cladding Safety Scheme to be processed via a single portal. All applications must demonstrate eligibility for remediation works through a Fire Risk Assessment of External Walls (FRAEW) and provide details on the Responsible Entity.

Grenfell Tower Inquiry

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry has confirmed that publication of its Phase 2 report has been delayed again and will now be published after the next anniversary of the fire in June. This is due to the legal requirement to notify the more than 250 people who may be subject to criticism within the report and the lengthy process of reviewing their responses.

Safety Case Reports

A joint letter from Lee Rowley, Minister of State for Housing, Planning and Building Safety, and Philip White, HSE Director of Building Safety, to building managers has sought to address concerns about the cost of producing Safety Case reports. It confirms the focus should be on ensuring serious safety risks are addressed and that any subsequent service charges should be reasonable and proportionate.

BAC Guidance

The BSR has updated its guidance on preparing a Building Assessment Certificate (BAC) application which confirms that buildings between 30 and 50 metres with more than 217 residential units will also be prioritised alongside buildings that are 50 metres plus with more than 11 residential units. Principal Accountable Persons (PAPs) have 28 days to submit their BAC application when contacted by the BSR

Cladding Remediation Update

The latest Building Safety Remediation data published by DLUHC shows that, of the 496 high‐rise residential buildings identified to have unsafe ACM cladding:

  • Remediation work has been fully completed on 433 (87%)
  • Work has started on 54 (11%)
  • Of the remaining 9 (2%), 6 have start dates, 1 is vacant, 1 is subject to local authority enforcement action, and 1 is newly in scope of the ACM monitoring programme.

The monthly data release covers all remediation programmes supporting residential buildings over 11 metres in England with unsafe cladding to show the progress that has been made.

Last Updated: 02/05/2024

Build UK Continues to Grow

Off the back of a busy first quarter, which included gearing up for the next phase of the building safety regime and an inspiring Open Doors 2024, we are delighted to welcome three new members to #TeamBuildUK and extend our support for the industry even further.

  • Permasteelisa becomes our latest Contractor member and is a global specialist in the design, manufacture and installation of technically advanced building envelopes, involved in some of the world’s most iconic buildings, including 25 live projects in London.
  • Price Forbes, part of Ardonagh Specialty, is an independent insurance broker and joins us as a Professional Services member. Partnering with clients around the world, Price Forbes takes pride in placing even the most complex risks.
  • InstallerSHOW, which welcomes 20,000 installers and specifiers from the heat, water, air and energy sectors each year, is our newest Alliance member ahead of this year’s show from 25 ‐ 27 June at the NEC, Birmingham.

The current market is extremely challenging for businesses across the supply chain and Build UK has consistently demonstrated that it can deliver change for the benefit of the whole industry with everyone around the same table. If you know of any other organisations that would benefit from all the work we are doing by being in membership, then please encourage them to join us.

End of Industry Accreditation

In line with the latest version of the CLC recommendation on Industry Card Schemes, which confirms that all cards carrying the CSCS logo for skilled occupations should be achieved by qualification, cards obtained via Industry Accreditation will no longer be renewed from 30 June and all such cards will expire on 31 December. There are 25,000 individuals still holding Industry Accreditation cards, down from more than 60,000, and CSCS has issued guidance on replacing Blue, Gold or Black Industry Accreditation cards issued by the core scheme.

Members should be identifying the appropriate route for each of their workers to move onto the relevant card, which will depend on their occupation and any qualifications they hold. For any workers who need to complete a qualification, you should be putting in place a plan as soon as possible, and there are currently increased CITB grant rates for the achievement of certain S/NVQs when replacing Industry Accreditation cards. CSCS does not issue cards for non‐construction related occupations and anyone who no longer attends site regularly may not require a card.

Managing Contractual Risk

Professional Services member Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) has published its latest annual Procurement Trends report, which indicates that clients are more willing to procure in ways that avoid shifting risk onto the supply chain. With contractors identifying the robustness of the supply chain as the greatest risk they face over the next year, Build UK’s contract terms recommendation identifies six contract terms which should be avoided in order to promote collaboration and ensure a fair allocation of risk throughout the supply chain.

We have published comprehensive guidance to help implement the recommendation, explaining why each term should not be used and setting out ways to manage the underlying issues more effectively, with specific guidance for JCT and NEC contracts. The recommendation is non‐binding and Build UK members are free to negotiate their own contractual terms with their clients.

Building Safety Webinars

Build UK Chief Executive Suzannah Nichol chaired the final webinar on the Building Safety Act hosted by the BSR and the CLC, which saw the BSR, Office for Product Safety and Standards, and Build UK Client member Related Argent respond to a wide range of questions. All recent BSR webinars are available to watch on demand.

Talent Retention Scheme

The CLC has confirmed that the Construction Talent Retention Scheme will continue to operate in order to help the industry retain people with the skills it needs. It is a free job matching service which members can use to recruit experienced staff by listing their vacancies and searching CVs of potential candidates.

Five Things You May Have Missed in April

  1. Publication of PPN 03/24 means the Common Assessment Standard should now be used for pre‐qualifying suppliers in the public sector, and we were shortlisted for the CN Awards 2024 for our work to transform pre‐qualification!
  2. The BSR and the LABC joined our Building Safety call to provide an update on the latest phase of the regime, and we published an overview of the Golden Thread and updated our guide.
  3. We had a great turnout for our latest Forum meeting, including new member Turner & Townsend alinea, where Ron Lang from AtkinsRéalis explored the benefits of industrialised construction.
  4. Companies bidding for Government contracts over £5 million must now demonstrate they pay invoices within an average of 55 days after PPN 10/23 came into effect, and Build UK’s payment performance table shows the results for over 125 of the industry’s largest companies.
  5. The CLC published an updated version of its recommendation on Industry Card Schemes, with Build UK’s How to be a Smart Site explaining how to check cards to ensure individuals hold the right one.

Last Updated: 25/04/2024

Members Hear from BSR and LABC

Thanks to all those members who attended our latest Building Safety call earlier this week where Andrew Moore, Head of Operations Planning and Building Control at the Building Safety Regulator (BSR), and Martin Taylor, Executive Director at Local Authority Building Control (LABC), gave a unique insight into the latest phase of the building safety regime from 6 April.

  • Applications at Gateway Two must demonstrate compliance with Building Regulations, including sufficient information to show how the building will be built, and there will be a robust but proportionate approach from the BSR, which will not result in any watering down of standards, as suggested in recent media articles.
  • When applying for Building Control Approval, the Building Regulations compliance statement should contain a clear ‘narrative’ setting out how the planned work will meet Building Regulations, including the guidance or standards used.
  • LABC is no longer able to provide pre‐planning advice in relation to applications for Higher‐Risk Building (HRB) projects where it would create a conflict with its role in providing building control services; however, it is anticipated that LABC will continue to signpost to best practice guidance.
  • The role of Principal Designer should be undertaken by a lead designer who has authority over design decisions and is able to co‐ordinate the design work and challenge the design team to ensure all designs comply with relevant Building Regulations. In the event of a change in Principal Designer, there is a formal handover process within the regulations (section 11O) that must be followed.
  • There is a need to clarify the requirements for hospitals and care homes at different stages of the HRB regime, for example whether Gateway Three approval is required before wards can be reoccupied after refurbishment work.

In a written statement to Parliament last week, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Michael Gove confirmed that the new guidance on second staircases, which is intended to “provide additional capacity to reduce congestion, support egress and facilitate additional access for firefighting and rescue”, will apply nationally.

Our next Building Safety call will take place on Tuesday 18 June and your nominated Building Safety representative will receive details directly.

Common Assessment Standard Update

Following publication of PPN 03/24, which removes reference to PAS 91 meaning central Government departments and wider public sector bodies should use the Common Assessment Standard for pre‐qualifying suppliers, Build UK has finalised an updated version of the Common Assessment Standard. Version 4, which will be launched at the end of this quarter, includes a new Building Safety section, ensuring it can be used to demonstrate companies have the organisational capability to fulfil their duties under the Building Safety Act. It has also been consolidated and streamlined following the withdrawal of PAS 91, whilst continuing to provide the same level of assurance for stage 1 pre‐qualification.

The Common Assessment Standard has two levels of certification ‐ desktop and site‐based ‐ and companies apply to a Recognised Assessment Body for the certification level that is most appropriate for their business based on a range of factors including trade, size and the requirements of their clients. It is being specified by a growing list of clients and contractors, and a number of Build UK Trade Association members are also accepting the Common Assessment Standard as part of their membership audit schemes, further reducing duplication for the supply chain.

CITB Business Plan Published

CITB has launched its Business Plan 2024‐25 which sets out three priorities designed to support the industry to recruit and train the workforce it needs now and in the future:

  • Inform and enable diverse and skilled people into construction by increasing direct support for employers to recruit and retain the people they need and providing careers information to a wider range of potential new entrants.
  • Develop a training and skills system to meet current and future needs by establishing an industry‐owned definition of competence and identifying alternative entry routes.
  • Support the industry to train and develop its workforce by investing in the existing workforce and making sure that training provision works for industry, with a particular focus on improving the accessibility of training SMEs.

CITB will measure its performance in delivering the Business Plan against three key measures: 15% increase in the number of new entrants, 14% increase in the number of employers supported to train and upskill their workforce, and 13% increase in the number of individuals supported to train and upskill.

New Construction Minister

Alan Mak has been confirmed as the new Construction Minister and will take up the position of Co‐Chair on the CLC and join its regular industry calls. Previously Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury and a Government Whip, he succeeds Nusrat Ghani who held the post for 16 months.

NSIP Guidance

As part of the Government’s reforms to speed up the delivery of Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP), National Infrastructure Planning Guidance has been updated and a new online portal launched with up to date guidance on all aspects of the NSIP system in one place.

No Falls Week

A number of Build UK Trade Association members are partnering with No Falls Week from Monday 13 to Friday 17 May to promote safe working at height. With falls from height the most common cause of fatal injuries in construction, the HSE is promoting the campaign and members can sign up to access free resources on reducing accidents, such as toolbox talks and posters.

Green Agreements

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published guidance to help businesses understand how they can collaborate on environmental sustainability agreements without breaching competition law. Where there is any doubt, the CMA is operating an ‘open‐door policy’ to informally assess proposed agreements, and there is a new guide on submitting such requests.

Celebrating the Impact of Open Doors 2024 🎉


“Gave a whole new perspective of construction” 💬
 

🗨️ “Opened their eyes to opportunities in the industry”


“Amazed to find out the range of roles available” 💬
 

🗨️ “Many are thinking of a career in the industry now”


“Reinforced my son’s career choice in construction” 💬
 

🗨️ “Would love to have work experience there”

“Highly recommended for any school” 💬

Last Updated: 18/04/2024

Establishing the Building Safety Regime

Build UK has recently updated its guide to the Building Safety Regime to include all the information published in connection with the latest phase of the regime from 6 April. The April 2024 version includes the new registers for Building Control Approvers and Building Inspectors and updates to Approved Document B, including guidance for second staircases in new residential buildings above 18 metres in height. Build UK has also produced an overview of the Golden Thread for members, summarising the new requirement to collate and store information for Higher‐Risk Buildings (HRBs), and our timeline shows at a glance when all the key changes take effect.

Homes England has launched the Building Remediation Hub which allows applications for the Building Safety Fund and the Cladding Safety Scheme to be processed via a single portal. The Building Safety Fund covers the replacement of unsafe non‐ACM cladding systems on residential buildings 18 metres and over in height in London, whilst the Cladding Safety Scheme funds the replacement of unsafe cladding systems on residential buildings over 11 metres (11 ‐ 18 metres in London).

Following publication of the fourth report by the Industry Safety Steering Group, Chair Dame Judith Hackitt has released a blog reflecting on the ‘huge progress’ to date and urging the industry to continue to work together to ensure the new regime is a success. The Grenfell Tower Inquiry has confirmed that publication of its Phase 2 report has been delayed and will now be published after the next anniversary of the fire in June.

Benefits of Industrialised Construction

Thanks to all those members who attended our Forum meeting earlier this week, where Ron Lang, Regional Director at Build UK member AtkinsRéalis, explored the benefits of industrialised construction and what needs to change to give businesses across the supply chain the confidence to invest in new products and technologies. Ron gave a fascinating insight into what could be gained from moving away from the traditional ‘engineer‐to‐order’ delivery model in favour of more consistency, including standard technical systems, repeatable processes and stable relationships.

Whilst there is a balance to be found between standardisation and specialisation, there are significant benefits to be realised from a programme‐based approach where a clear pipeline and sufficient volume of work can lead to increased productivity, reduced waste and lower defects. Ron has recently been appointed Chair of the CLC Industrialised Construction Working Group, which has taken responsibility for the Product Platform Rulebook originally published by the Construction Innovation Hub.

The next Forum meeting for all members will take place on Tuesday 2 July from 8:30am ‐ 9:30am, and details of all other Build UK meetings can be found in our schedule of meetings and events.

New Edition of JCT Contracts

JCT has begun publishing the next edition of its contracts, with the Design and Build Contract (DB 2024) the first to be released. DB 2024, which is designed for projects where the contractor carries out both the design and construction work and detailed provisions are needed, provides for collaborative working, sustainability, advanced payment, bonds, third party rights and collateral warranties.

The new JCT 2024 edition features a range of updates, including the adoption of gender‐neutral language and key legislative changes in relation to the Building Safety Act and the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act. JCT is hosting an online launch event on Wednesday 1 May to provide more information on the key changes, and contracts will be available to purchase via the JCT Construct subscription service, in On Demand digital form and in hardcopy as they are released.

Credit Insurance Survey

The CLC has launched a survey on Trade Credit Insurance to understand the current market position with regards to its provision. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes, and members across the supply chain are encouraged to share their views by the deadline of Friday 26 April.

Apprenticeship Support

The Government has confirmed that for new apprenticeship starts from 1 April where employers do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy it will fund all the training costs, up to the funding band maximum, for apprentices aged between 16 and 21 years old when they start their training.

CITB Board

CITB has appointed five new trustees to its Board, including Build UK members, Rachael Cunningham (Laing O’Rourke) and Stephen Gray (BAM Nuttall). They join fellow members Holly Price (Keltbray), Louisa Finlay (Kier) and Sophie Seddon (Novus) on the Board, which is responsible for CITB’s governance and strategic direction

Flexible Working

Changes to family friendly and flexible working rights took effect from 6 April, including the right to request flexible working from day one of employment, rather than after 26 weeks, and twice in a 12‐month period. ACAS has now published a Code of Practice with guidance for employers on handling requests for flexible working.

Build UK Networking Event ‐ Join Us!

We’ve had a fantastic response to Build UK’s next networking event, which is taking place on the evening of Thursday 9 May at the F1 Arcade in London! Kindly sponsored by ConstructAI, Multiplex and SCAPE, it will be a social event giving members and stakeholders the opportunity to get to know each other and share ideas in a unique location with all the glamour of Formula 1.

It’s not long now until lights out and there are only a few places left so RSVP as soon as possible for your chance to get behind the wheel in a racing simulator and feel like a pro ‐ or join us for a cocktail if you would prefer to cheer from the sidelines!

Last Updated: 11/04/2024

Building Safety Regime Gathers Pace

The next phase of the building safety regime came into effect from 6 April and Building Control Approvers and Building Inspectors must now be registered with the Building Safety Regulator (BSR). Build UK has updated its guide to the regime to reflect the latest information that has been published, and the changes in the April 2024 version include:

Build UK has also produced an overview of the Golden Thread for members, and the DLUHC letter on the building control process published on 1 February has been supplemented by a question and answer sheet.

Common Assessment Standard Latest

The Cabinet Office has published Procurement Policy Note 03/24 which removes reference to PAS 91 meaning the Common Assessment Standard should now be used across the public sector. Following the withdrawal of PAS 91 by BSI last year, central Government departments and wider public sector bodies can only use the Common Assessment Standard for pre‐qualifying suppliers for construction works contracts. The changes to the PPN must be implemented by contracting authorities within three months, and it is another significant step forward for the Common Assessment Standard, which will help to reduce duplication for the supply chain whilst streamlining public sector procurement.

In recognition of how it is transforming pre‐qualification, the Common Assessment Standard has been shortlisted for the CN Awards 2024 in the Supply Chain Collaboration Excellence category! The Common Assessment Standard has reached a tipping point over the last 12 months, with a growing list of contractors and clients specifying it and more than 18,500 companies certified against it by five Recognised Assessment Bodies. It is also being updated to ensure it can be used to demonstrate companies have the organisational capability to fulfil their roles under the Building Safety Act.

Immigration Update

As part of the Government’s plan to reduce net migration, changes to the immigration system have now started to take effect. The minimum salary required for a Skilled Worker visa has been increased from £26,200 to £38,700 and the new Immigration Salary List (ISL) has replaced the Shortage Occupations List from 4 April. There are six construction occupations included on the ISL ‐ bricklayers, carpenters and joiners, high integrity pipe welders, retrofitters, roofers, and stone masons ‐ and workers will be able to be paid either £30,960 or the occupation‐specific threshold (whichever is higher), compared to the general minimum salary of £38,700 for a Skilled Worker visa. Employees already on a Skilled Worker visa will not need to meet the new salary thresholds if their visas are extended before 2030.

Build UK’s flowchart provides an overview of the process of employing a worker from outside the UK in construction, with detailed guidance on How to Get a Sponsor Licence and How to Apply for a Skilled Worker Visa. All the latest skills and training news can be found in our Recruit, Train and Retain update.

Government Payment Requirements

Companies bidding for Government contracts over £5 million per annum must now demonstrate that they pay invoices within an average of 55 days, otherwise they will be excluded from bidding. In accordance with PPN 10/23 which came into effect from 1 April, the new requirement is in addition to the one to pay at least 95% of invoices within 60 days (90% where an action plan is provided). The guidance to the PPN confirms that companies must meet both requirements in at least one of their two previous six month reporting periods under the Reporting on Payment Practices and Performance Regulations, although any companies that have failed to do so may submit data that has not yet been reported for the previous three or more months.

Build UK’s payment performance table, which will be updated again at the end of this month, shows the results for more than 125 of the industry’s largest companies, and all Build UK tier one Contractor members pay invoices within an average of 55 days.

New Member

We are delighted to welcome Turner & Townsend alinea as our latest Professional Services member, further increasing Build UK’s representation of the whole construction supply chain. Turner & Townsend alinea is a data‐led, digital cost consultancy which has worked on major projects including Battersea Power Station and 22 Bishopsgate, delivering for clients across multiple sectors.

All Member Forum

The next Build UK Forum meeting is taking place next Tuesday 16 April, where we will be joined by Ron Lang, Regional Director at Build UK member AtkinsRéalis, to explore what needs to change to drive investment in new manufacturing technologies. Members should have received a calendar invite with the details and please accept it to confirm your attendance or email Build UK.

Building Safety Regime ‐ Dates for Your Diary

  • Tuesday 23 April ‐ Build UK Building Safety Call
  • We will be joined by Andrew Moore, Head of Operations Planning and Building Control at the BSR, and Martin Taylor, Executive Director at Local Authority Building Control (LABC), who will provide an update on the new building control system, and your nominated Building Safety representative should have received details directly.
  • Monday 29 April ‐ BSR & CLC Webinar
  • Build UK Chief Executive Suzannah Nichol will be chairing the final session in this series of webinars on the Building Safety Act, and members must register to attend.
  • Tuesday 21 May ‐ BSR Conference This annual conference hosted by the HSE at the NEC Birmingham will offer the industry the opportunity to hear directly from the BSR, and members can express their interest to attend.

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