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Build UK appoints new chair and adds five members

Build UK has appointed Mace director Mark Castle as its new chairman to lead the body for the next two years.

Mace deputy chief operating officer and board member Mr Castle was officially inaugurated yesterday as the man to replace co-chairs James Wates and Kevin Louch, with Keltbray chief executive Brendan Kerr appointed as vice-chair.

Mr Castle has been on the Build UK board for the last two years and was a director at the UK Contractors Group (UKCG) before it merged with National Specialist Contractors’ Council (NSCC) in 2015.

His appointment comes as the federation welcomes five new firms and clients to its membership including Heathrow and Aecom.

Canary Wharf Contractors and John Sisk & Son are the other contractors to join, while BRE is joining as an alliance member.

Speaking to Construction News, Mr Castle, who has led Mace’s fixed-price construction business since 2015, said his aim was to simplify Build UK’s strategy into three key streams focusing on skills, productivity and changing construction’s business models through procurement and the management of risk.

He said: “Supply chains, tier ones and tier twos are more integrated than they’ve ever been, I think with all that’s going on, we have the opportunity to collectively drive change, but the total membership of Build UK has got to get right behind it.”

He also said that under his leadership Build UK would be lobbying government to try and ensure the need for migrant labour for construction is considered during Brexit negotiations.

He said: “We will absolutely be lobbying the government on this and work alongside the Construction Leadership Council in making sure we are high up on the priority list when negotiating Brexit and what it means in terms of the migrant labour force.”

The addition of Aecom, Canary Wharf and Sisk brings the number of Build UK contractor members up to 28, with the body also representing more than 11,500 specialist contractors through 39 trade associations.

Heathrow joins Argent, Berkeley, British Land, Derwent, Quintain and Scape as one of 11 client members.

Build UK appoints new chair and adds five members

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