Carillion, Willmott Dixon and Mace have all applied to join the £15,000-a-year body.
Membership of UKCG is open to contractors and trade associations. Founder members include former members of the MCG and the National Contractors Federation.
Former Construction Confederation chief executive Stephen Ratcliffe is director of the UKCG, while former chair of the CC and deputy chairman of the Wates Group James Wates becomes chairman.
Deputy director Rachel Done told Construction News: “All work that the MCG did, including the strong health and safety group, which will continue under a UKCG branded name, will go on. We will also look to influence legislation and work together with Construction Skills on the supervisor programme. We are a very modern trade association as we are not held back by baggage from the past.”
Members of the UKCG, including Kier, Skanska and Vinci, have agreed a business plan that sets out work on targeted activities including health and safety, the environment, recruitment and training.
Ms Done added: “We will be running a formal marketing campaign in the new year. We’re also talking to trade associations that are interested in joining.”
Last month the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation became the first trade association member of the UKCG – they are also members of the National Specialist Contractors Council.
UKCG chairman James Wates said: “We now have the building blocks in place to boost the construction industry’s profile among decision-makers and opinion-formers.”
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