The UK’s largest construction trade body calls on members to use British produced steel.

Build UK, which represents major construction contractors and more than 30 specialist trade bodies, issued a statement yesterday saying its members were committed to providing opportunities for British-based steel producers to support local economies, create jobs, and reduce carbon emissions from transport.

They called on all public sector clients from central Government departments to local councils to look at the carbon footprint of steel supplies, including transport costs, when judging bids from main contractors.

UK Construction industry best practice

In future, major best practice public clients like HS2, Network Rail and Highways England will require tier one contractors to set out, where known, how and from which supplier steel will be sourced.

If a supplier has not been selected at contract award, main contractors and relevant steelwork firms will be required to openly advertise opportunities for steel supply. This will be stipulated in public works contracts