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Build UK is a UK construction organisation, formed by the September 2015 merger (announced the previous June) of the UK Contractors Group (UKCG) and the National Specialist Contractors Council (NSCC). It represents 27 of the industry’s largest main contractors, and 40 trade associations representing over 11,500 specialist contractors.
Build UK Wikipedia
Build UK was launched on 1 September 2015, following the merger of the UKCG and the NSCC. Its initial action plan had five key areas: the image of construction, industry’s skills needs, effective pre-qualification, health and safety performance, and fair payment practices.
Established in January 2009, the UKCG succeeded the Major Contractors Group and the National Contractors Federation which had until that point represented the views of the leading UK contractors. The UKCG represented over 30 contractors operating in the UK. Between them (c. 2015), UKCG members accounted for £33 billion of construction turnover - a third of UK construction total output.
It was one of two organisations which represented the views of contractors on the Strategic Forum for Construction, along with the Construction Alliance. UKCG also worked closely with the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Construction Council.
The National Specialist Contractors' Council comprised 32 specialist trade associations representing companies involved in planning, design, construction, refurbishment and maintenance of the built environment. The NSCC represented these specialist trade organisations on the Strategic Forum for Construction, alongside the Specialist Engineering Contractors Group. It was a member of the Joint Contracts Tribunal.
Reflecting its origins, Build UK has two categories of membership: contractor members and trade association members.
Contractor members include Balfour Beatty, BAM Construct, Bouygues, Carillion, Clugston Group, Galliford Try, Interserve, Kier Group, Lend Lease Group, and Skanska.
Build UK's Fair Payment Campaign aims to secure proper and timely payment and the elimination of retentions throughout the supply chain. Build UK argues that "the withholding of retention is an outdated practice in the modern construction industry with the best guarantee of quality being the choice of a competent and qualified supply chain".