BIS Construction sector team

Industrial Strategy

Industrial Strategy is a long term, whole of government approach to supporting growth and competitiveness in key economic sectors. The Industrial Strategy for Construction, ‘Construction 2025’, has been developed in close partnership with industry and sets out a vision for the industry in 2025. Central to that vision are four ambitions:

  • 33% reduction in the cost of built assets
  • 50% reduction in overall project times
  • 50% lower emissions from the built environment
  • 50% reduction in the trade gap for construction products

To achieve these aims, the strategy sets a framework for activity that focuses on key growth markets, especially green construction, digital solutions and emerging countries. ‘Construction 2025’ brings together the good work already being carried out under the Green Construction Board, the BIM Task Group and other initiatives.

The Construction Leadership Council has been established to monitor delivery of the strategy. It is jointly chaired by Business Secretary Vince Cable and Network Rail Chief Executive Sir David Higgins. Key Government departments, construction businesses, trade associations, funding and skills bodies, and consumer groups are all represented.

Further information on The ‘Construction 2025 report’, along with supporting economic analysis.

Green Construction Board

Grasping the opportunities for growth presented by a sustainable construction, infrastructure and property sector is the main priority for the Green Construction Board.

The Board, co-chaired by Minister of State for Business, Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP and President and CEO of Skanska UK, Mike Putnam, is focused on taking a unified approach to the problems facing the industry, providing strategic leadership on key issues and identifying steps to promote the UK’s excellence in green construction. The Board will also work to promote the message that a ‘green’ construction sector can lead to business opportunities and economic growth.

Activity has centred on delivering the actions from the Low Carbon Construction Action Plan, with well over 50% of actions now complete. In parallel, the Board has developed a Low Carbon Routemap for the Built Environment, which sets out the key steps required to achieve an 80% reduction in carbon emissions from the built environment by 2050. This Routemap was published in March 2013 and is freely available, along with all other Green Construction Board outputs, on our website.


The membership of the Green Construction Board represents both Government and senior representatives from industry and is jointly chaired by the Minister of State, Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, who will act as the Government co-Chair together with Mike Putnam, President and CEO Skanska UK. DECC, Defra, DCLG, Cabinet Office and BIS are among the key Departments represented on the Group:

  • Michael Fallon, BIS
  • Mike Putnam, Skanska UK
  • Bill Bolsover CBE, Aggregate Industries
  • Sunand Prasad, Penoyre & Prasad LLP
  • Robert Care, Arup Group
  • Mark Oliver, H+H UK Limited
  • Mark Clare, Barratt Developments
  • Lynne Sullivan, sustainableBYdesign LLP
  • Andrew Gould, Jones Lang LaSalle
  • James Wates, Wates
  • Chris Hopkins,Ploughcroft Building Services
  • Bill Hughes, Legal & General Property
  • Geoffrey Spence, HMT – IUK
  • Peter Maskell, Philips Electronics UK
  • Juliet Mountford , Cabinet Office - ERG
  • Chris Newsome, Anglian Water
  • Paul Hollinshead, DECC
  • Peter Hansford, BIS
  • Peter Schofield, DCLG
  • Neil Sachdev, Sainsburys

Green Construction Board Working Groups

The Green Construction Board has established 7 Working Groups to ensure the delivery of a comprehensive programme of activity. A “Sponsor” and a Chair have been appointed to lead each of these groups.

Group number Workstream Sponsor Chair
1 Buildings Sunand Prasad, Partner, Penoyre & Prasad; Phil Wynn-Owen, Director General – Climate Change, DECC Paul King, CEO, UKGBC
2 Infrastructure Chris Newsome, Director of Asset Management, Anglian Water Chris Newsome, Director of Asset Management, Anglian Water
3 Knowledge & Skills Lynne Sullivan, Partner, Sustainable by Design Robert Lambe, Managing Director, Willmot Dixon
4 Greening the Industry (to include Measurement) Bill Bolsover, Chairman, Aggregate Industries Robert Pearce, Head of Architecture & Specifications, M&S
5 Valuation and Demand Bill Hughes, Managing Director, L&G Property; Andrew Gould, Managing Director – England, Jones Lang LaSalle Louise Ellison, Head of Sustainability, Quintain
6 Promotion James Wates, Deputy Chairman, Wates Group Colin Courtney, Director, Green Support, Skanska AB

For more information, please contact: or visit the Green Construction Board website.

Low carbon construction

An innovation and growth team was establised in 2009 to review the construction industry to ensure it was ‘fit for purpose’ for delivering a low carbon future.

The review looked at the strengths of and opportunities for the UK construction industry in a low carbon economy and considered how the UK can be a world leader in this sector. This review was led by Paul Morrell, the Chief Construction Adviser, and was undertaken by a mix of industry experts and those with wider business experience.

For more information about the Construction Innovation and Growth Team contact:

Constructionline and Prequalification

Owned by BIS, Constructionline is a contributor to the Rethinking Construction initiative. It is the UK’s register of pre-qualified construction contractors and consultants. Constructionline is designed to streamline pre-qualification procedures, to save valuable resources in the construction industry, rendering it more efficient and effective.

PAS 91:2013 Construction Prequalification Questionnaires

Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 91 provides a set of questions for buyers to ask potential construction suppliers. It is intended to enable prequalification when tendering for construction projects.

You can download the PAS from the British Standards Institute (BSI) website: PAS 91:2013 Construction Prequalification Questionnaires

Construction statistics

BIS Construction Market Intelligence (CMI) has responsibility for the collection, analysis and publication of statistics on the construction sector. We provide regular statistical analyses of building materials and overseas trade, price and cost indices and key performance indicators for the construction industry. As well as statistical advice, we work closely with economists in BIS to assist in the assessment of the construction market and in the formulation of efficient policies.

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