Construction focus: The year ahead - Lauren Hepburn and Beatrix Dyer write for Property Law Journal
In the latest Forsters contribution to the Property Law Journal, Construction Associate, Lauren Hepburn, and Trainee Solicitor, Beatrix Dyer, consider what 2022 might hold in store for the UK construction sector.
This article was first published in Property Law Journal 394 (February 2022) and is also available on lawjournals.co.uk.
In their article, entitled 'Construction focus: The year ahead', they discuss the Building Safety Bill, unsafe cladding, development tax, retention return, labour and supply shortages, climate change, digital technology, and other legal developments.
Over 2021, the size of construction industries output fell, falling 1.8% in October alone (ONS). Labour shortage is clearly one very important issue the industry will need to tackle in 2022.
The impact of Covid-19 may not yet be behind us, but there promises to be a lot to look out for in 2022, from new building safety legislation, to an increased focus on technologies to promote sustainability and tackle climate change in construction projects.