Demand for Temporary Plant Covers Industry Skill Shortages
Ideal Heat Solutions reports demand for temporary heating has reached a high point in the United Kingdom as construction companies miss project handover deadlines because of skill shortages.
Although the construction industry is one of the United Kingdom's leading economic drivers, it continues to suffer from a severe skill shortage that has been reported widely but shows little sign of abating, with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) estimating a shortfall of more than 36,000 new workers annually.
According to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the skill shortage is delaying delivery of 56 per cent of projects - or on an estimated 27,000 annually - and will continue to do so until 2019.
Lack of skills is also translating into increased demand for temporary heating on projects that are struggling to complete plant rooms on time which suggests it is perhaps more crucial now than at any time before to develop a heating strategy and maintain contingency plans.
In peak winter months, temporary heating suppliers are nearing maximum output, therefore, Ideal Heat Solutions recommend an early consultation to guarantee availability. During very cold snaps, as we have already faced this year, the demand increases even more for emergency heating, and the need for early planning is ever more important.
Ideal Heat Solutions recommend engagement in the early stages of project design, to enable them to help with location planning, and advise on how plant can be installed and decommissioned around an operational construction site.
Contractors who are experiencing concerns over project deadlines may contact the company to establish how they can help.