By Ralph Morton

1.5 million humans paintings within the building undefined, producing £65 billion of labor every year, defining and growing the surroundings during which we are living ...

Here ultimately is a completely readable evaluate of the character and background of the development industry.

It provides you with a transparent figuring out of the way this sizeable and complicated operates at thre related time as exploring its major gains - the markets, the vital gamers, methods of operating - and offers definitely the right origin on which to base additional study.

Construction UK additionally bargains a context to the arguable problems with cutting-edge - sustainability, safeguard, potency, employment practices and procurement - explaining why issues are the best way they're and investigating the robust developments for change.

Students and all these drawn to the outfitted setting - structure, engineering, surveying, development - will locate this a clean and stimulating approach.

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Some industries are highly concentrated; in the production of beer, cars, planes, ships, computers and dozens of others a high proportion of total output is in the hands of a few very large firms. This is true also of the production of many building materials ± bricks, cement and glass for example; in the case of glass in the UK, output is virtually entirely in the hands of one organisation. Increasingly, in many industries concentration is occurring at an international level ± as with cars, ships, aircraft and computers.

For example firms are categorised by their number of employees not by their turnover or output. This raises particular difficulties in construction because of the extent of subcontracting. The number of people actually employed by a construction firm will not indicate how many people actually work for it on the projects for which it is responsible; this would have to include all the subcontractors and their employees. The larger the project and the greater the scale of the firm's operations, the more likely this is to be true.

In 1999 it announced that it was to focus on private finance initiatives and prime contracts rather than traditional work; its turnover was to be cut by a third and its staff by 850 ± a rationalisation which was forced on the company by major shareholders. In 2001 it was taken over by O'Rourke, a privately-owned company only a fraction of Laing's size. It seems to have been a rather sad and sudden fall of one of the country's great construction businesses. ). His son Alfred decided to run his own business, based on the Manchester-based subsidiary of the parent company, in the late 1930s.

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