- construction [con-stuc-tion] noun
- The building of something, typically a large structure.
- Such activity considered as an industry.
The construction sector employs 2.3 million people (8% of the UK workforce). The Construction sector covers the building of homes, commercial premises such as office blocks and schools and the maintenance of buildings.
92% of construction businesses employ fewer than 10 people. 37% of the workforce is self-employed. Trades people might work for a business but on a self-employed basis as a contractor.
There are many construction projects underway or soon to begin in Brighton and Hove. These include:
- new housing, retail and leisure facilities at Brighton Marina;
- the i-360 tourist attraction;
- a redevelopment of Hove Town Hall to provide more office space;
- regeneration of the old Preston Barracks site which will see an expansion of the Brighton University campus, new homes and retail outlets and the development of a Central Research Laboratory for start-up and small to medium sized businesses focussing on high-tech manufacturing; and
- the Circus Street ‘Innovation Quarter’ which will be a new world-class mixed-use destination for creative and technical innovation.
As well as new building and redevelopment, this sector includes building repairs and maintenance which are important the upkeep of any building, be it residential or commercial. An example of this in Brighton and Hove is the company Mears which provides rapid response and planned maintenance services to the council’s housing stock.
Here are some examples of entry level jobs in this sector:
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