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Abbott, C and Allen, S (2004) Exploring how regional construction activity can be supported by community benefit initiatives. In: Khosrowshahi, F (Ed.), Proceedings 20th Annual ARCOM Conference, 1-3 September 2004, Edinburgh, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 1, 353–61.
- Type: Conference Proceedings
- Keywords: community benefits; construction Output; job creation; and sustainability
- ISBN/ISSN: 0 9534161 9 4
- URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2004-0353-0361_Abbott_and_Allen.pdf
Despite periodic fluctuations in the economic cycle, construction activity across the UK has experienced strong growth since the 1950's. In particular, there has been consistent growth since the early 1990s. This paper seeks to examine that growth in three northern regions of the UK and to examine the implications of this upon the industry and its capacity to deliver this workload and includes selected 'city' case studies. Due to increasing workloads across the Northern region, there is now recognition of the role that construction plays as catalyst for economic development and job creation, particularly through the resultant training and skills development opportunities that arise. At the same time as benefiting local communities by providing job opportunities, the industry can satisfy its need for skilled people to enter the industry. The study was supported by Manchester City Council and will hopefully lead to a larger and more detailed follow up study of the dynamics of the regional construction markets.