Lanarkshire's construction industry is booming, with more than 1,600 companies employing more than 16,000 people. The area's logistical strengths and skills base make it the most popular location for leading indigenous and multinational construction companies such as Carillon, Laing O'Rourke and Tarmac, and Alfred McAlpine. The majority of the UK's leading construction companies have established their Scottish regional offices in Lanarkshire.
Large-scale regeneration projects throughout Lanarkshire and beyond are boosting the growth of the construction sector. It is projected that in Lanarkshire alone, the public sector will invest £1.5bn in building projects in over the next five years. Major investments include the Clyde Gateway, Ravenscraig, Gartcosh Business Interchange, The M74 Extension, New Schools, Town Centres and Housing Developments.
Local colleges are currently developing bespoke training programs for Lanarkshire's next generation of construction employees, and Construction Lanarkshire provides assistance to companies based in the region to recruit quality people, meeting training and development needs, and supporting business sustainability and growth.
- Lanarkshire is home to the Scottish facility of the Building Research Establishment, located at the Scottish Enterprise Technology Park (SETP) in East Kilbride.
- Lanarkshire is also a key location for R&D activities into renewable energies. Alfred McAlpine's facility in Lanarkshire is dedicated to the development of wind farms across Scotland and the rest of the UK.