Wolverhampton | Sandwell | Dudley | Walsall
5 - 15 October 2020
Property, Infrastructure & Construction
This is a highly important sector for the region with considerable investment currently being pumped into a number of key projects such as HS2, which will require much construction input, giving the sector a healthy outlook.
There are 34,000 people employed in this sector, with just under one-third of these in specialised construction activities, over 4,000 in building construction; 4,300 in electrical installation and 3,000 in civil engineering.
More than 4,400 companies make up the sector in the Black Country, 190 of which are high turnover (£1m+) businesses. These include Homeserve PLC, providing home emergency and repair services to over 7 million homes worldwide and Fortel Construction Ltd. which has carried out contracts on many major motorway schemes across the UK.
There is also a large proportion of SMEs that make up the sector. Aldridge-based Midland Conservation, for example, has worked on a number of high-profile heritage restoration projects; A&H Construction and Developments in Halesowen has a long-standing history of construction projects; Shaylor Group and BriggsAmasco.
Construction Training 'Centres of Excellence' are in place including the West Midlands Construction University Technical College which focuses on modern construction design and builds professions. The University of Wolverhampton also provides research into engineering, information systems, the built environment and sustainability amongst others.
In September 2016, Stourbridge College also opened a newly-refurbished £1.5 million Construction Centre, providing state-of-the-art learning facilities in everything from carpentry and joinery, to plumbing, gas and electrical installation, and the Built Environment.