The NHS could be boosted by the equivalent of 13,500 new nurses if there was a ‘construction revolution’ that could enhance the UK’s hospitals.
Nurses, teachers and prison officers would all see a productivity boost from the introduction of the next generation of construction technology and processes, according to the analysis by a former Bank of England economist.
A newly published report argues that beyond significant on-site productivity increases and cheaper, more sustainable construction the adoption of innovative engagement and production approaches to the design and construction of buildings could deliver a revolution in the delivery of our public services.
By enabling more user-centric design and earlier supply chain engagement and product solutions, hospitals, schools and offices could be built in a way that improves productivity and delivers better outcomes for society.
The report calls for faster adoption of new technology and processes across the sector; and outlines a proposed model for product development that could be introduced to enable that to happen, based on the ‘Technology Readiness Levels’ originally introduced by NASA and adopted by the automotive and aviation sectors.
Researchers polled workers to establish the extent to which introducing new design, construction and operations approach across the public sector could improve productivity. They found that:
The report recommends that the government implements four measures to bring about a construction revolution in the public sector. These include creating construction, engineering and manufacturing enterprise zones across the UK and overhauling the funding model for innovation in UK construction.