How Covid-19 can create opportunities

Firms across all fields have paid a heavy price for the coronavirus crisis. Hospitality, for one, has been hit incredibly hard, and the construction industry as a whole suffered under the enforced lockdown.

 

However, there are some sections of the construction industry that are facing a potentially bright future as we all adapt, whether through Government initiatives or greater demand for their services.

 

Here are just a few reasons to be hopeful…

 

Ventilation

While a significant proportion of people are still working from home (around a third, according to the latest figures), plenty more are still working in offices and other settings.

 

To reduce the spread of coronavirus, good ventilation is key, which means windows should be open wherever possible, and workers should maintain 2m distance from each other.

 

However, The Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers also recommends that the recirculation of air indoors should be avoided to reduce the risk of transmission. This guidance has led to an upsurge in demand for building services engineers to adapt ventilation systems accordingly by, for example, installing more effective air cleaning systems.

 

Build, Build, Build

Boris Johnson has already outlined his plan to get the country moving again by Build, Build, Building; introducing changes to the country’s planning system and improving access to low-deposit mortgages to support first-time buyers.

 

But on a smaller scale, lockdown made many people reassess their living space – and realise they needed more, especially those who continue to work from home.

 

The home extension market is booming, with research finding that one in seven homeowners was planning adding more room to their property.

 

Keep it green

Boris has also announced his intention to make the UK a ‘world leader’ in green energy, part of the government’s commitment towards net zero emissions by 2050.

 

Investment of £160m will be made available to upgrade ports and infrastructure across communities in Northern England, Scotland and Wales to increase the country’s offshore wind capacity.

 

The new investment will create around 2,000 immediate construction jobs, manufacturing the next generation of offshore wind turbines, while also supporting up to 60,000 positions directly and indirectly by 2030 in ports, factories and the supply chains.

 

While 2020 has shown us all to expect the unexpected, at Mobile Mini we believe there are green shoots of recovery that are there for the taking – and we plan to support them all the way.