Future of Construction

The construction industry is suffering from a skills shortage, slim margins and low productivity, but help is at hand in the form of new technologies and innovative materials. The Future of Construction special report, published in The Times, explores how building information modelling, or BIM, can tackle short-termism, how contech startups help firms transform to digital processes and seven of the biggest innovations changing the sector. It covers the threat posed by organised crime and the sustainability offered by buildings constructed as material banks. Also featured is an infographic showing the relationship between immigration and non-UK skilled labour, and comment on variations in the regulation of commercial and residential properties