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It’s not just my imagination, things are tough out there, and UK business is mirroring the government’s austerity model.

The construction industry faces a combination of challenges unlike anything it has survived before, according to Mark Farmer – the author of last year’s seminal ‘Modernise or Die’ report.

He told the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) national conference that an ageing workforce; poor productivity; rising consumer discontent prompted by poor quality new build housing; serious financial problems among Tier One contractors; and Brexit, which would hit inward investment, were combining to threaten the industry’s ability to deliver projects and remain financially viable.

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