A pre-election opinion poll conducted by Smart Buildings 2015, which surveyed architects, specifiers, design consultants and installers from around the smart buildings sector, revealed that 43% of respondents believe the Conservative Party would be best for the industry.
However, the majority (71 per cent) of respondents claimed that the needs of the construction industry have been ignored by the key political parties. Only 29 per cent stated that construction has received adequate political attention.
The results place Labour behind at 33 per cent, while the Green Party has pushed ahead of the Liberal Democrats, coming in at 13 and seven per cent respectively. UKIP managed to claim three per cent of the vote, with SNP and Plaid Cymru jointly accounting for the remaining two per cent.
Richard Morey, Group Events Director at Media 10, the event company producing UK Construction Week, commented:
“The survey results are interesting because they appear to show that the smart buildings sector feels let down by the main political parties. Despite the fact this is a growth sector and that construction has been the main driver behind the UK’s economic recovery, the needs of the industry have been given very little attention in the run up to the election.The results have also highlighted that there are some very clear differences in opinion about the direction the industry should take in the future. I believe that this makes it even more crucial that the smart buildings sector comes together with the wider construction industry to network, share best practice and focus on continued growth – which is what we hope to deliver through UK Construction Week.”