CLC unveils constructions roadmap to recovery

CLC unveils construction’s roadmap to recovery 

ARTICLE · By TTF · 2 June 2020

On Monday, the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) Covid-19 Task Force laid out their ‘Roadmap to Recovery’plan to secure the future of construction businesses nationwide, while setting the industry on a sustainable path towards recovery over the next two years. 

The proposals, which have been developed and agreed by the sector’s leading trade bodies, include recommendations to

  • Get industry back to work wherever it is safe to do so 
  • Maximise employment and retain key skills 
  • Ensure a pipeline of future workload for all parts of the sector 
  • Boost productivity to secure improved value 
  • Transform the industry through technology & digitalisation  


The proposals come at a much-needed time as the construction industry has seen a huge downturn in activity and output over the last couple of months. The Office of National Statistics reported construction activity fell by 2.6% in Q1 2020, and 5.9% in March. In terms of output, the Construction Products Association estimates that construction output will fall by 25% in 2020, with the largest falls in activity in private housing (-42%), commercial construction (-36%), and private repair maintenance & improvement (-35%). Additionally, the Builder’s Merchants Federation reported a decline of timber and joinery products by 11.1% 

For the road to recovery to be a success, the CLC has outlined three phases over the next two years that will provide greater stability and overcome challenges to construction and the built environment. 

Restart (0-3 months): The first phase aims to restart work on the projects that have been delayed due to the lockdown by increasing output, maximise employment and minimising disruption.  

The timber supply chains have put in the necessary measures to be Covid19 safe and are ready and waiting to deliver wood and wood products. TTF and its members have in place routes to regularly share information with merchants and contractors about material and product supply. TTF academy and Woodcampus have developed learning tools to support apprentices and other learners to continue their education until workplace training can resume. 

Reset (3-12 months): The second phase aims to drive demand, increase productivity, strengthen capability in the supply chain Maximise employment of all those working within the construction industry and its supply chain. 

The Timber Trade Federation’s members fully support the wider adoption of digital technologies throughout the supply chain, enabling better data and information sharing across the built environment to improve efficiency, productivity, sustainability and building safety. TTF value the opportunity to participate in increasing professionalism in the construction sector particularly proposals for raising competence levels, including the development of an overarching competency framework for industry. As well as, the development of new ways of working to embed better and more collaborative business models and contractual terms to respond to Covid19. 

Reinvent (12-24 months): The third and most important phase aims to transform the industry, deliver better value, collaboration and partnership.  

It is in the transformation element that TTF and its members see the greatest potential through full implementation of presumption of offsite, and embedment of net zero carbon 2030-2050 targets in planned new infrastructure, housing developments, and maintenance and improvement of built assets and homes.  

By working towards this ‘roadmap to recovery’ plan the construction and timber industries will be in a better position to adapt to new challenges that arise, whilst also combatting the challenges we face today.