The UKCG states preference for home-grown timber
Under the leadership of Steve Cook (Willmott Dixon) a group of the country’s largest construction contractors (BAM, McAlpine, MACE, Lend Lease, Skanska, Sir Robert McAlpine) have created a procurement statement that highlights a preference for home-grown products.
Harnessed effectively, the massive buying power of the £33 billion worth of goods, services and products annually purchased, will create lasting change for Britain’s timber supply chain.
Construction is the largest consumer of timber and timber products, and sending a signal to the market on the sector’s preference for more British grown timber will have a real and lasting impact on the industry and beyond. A more vibrant forestry industry will create jobs, improve the quality of woodland management and support biodiversity.
UKCG Director Stephen Ratcliffe said, “UKCG members have been at the forefront of the Grown in Britain campaign and the drive to make British forests a sustainable and working resource. Through their collective buying power UKCG members can help influence the market for timber products, and we are delighted that so many of our members have already made the commitment to buy British where they can”.
As part of Grown in Britain’s development, a Contractors’ Task Group has been formed with UKCG members. Steered by Willmott Dixon’s Steve Cook, the group’s task is to understand and examine how construction companies can procure more home grown timber, and feed in to the development of systems and processes that will ensure it can be easily identified as British-grown.
Steve Cook said, “From the very start Grown in Britain has been well received by the industry. All the contractors on our task group are delighted to be involved in such a worthwhile campaign. The role going forward is to build on the commitments made to help realise the economic and environmental benefits for British woodlands and forests.”