Covid-19 challenges could force the construction sector to address some of its biggest weak points and lead to a lasting improvement, according to an Arcadis report which outlines the views of 17 major contractors.

The report – Come together, right now: addressing short term challenges for a long-term change – highlights the risks contractors believe are the most challenging in the wake of the crisis: cash, impact on revenue forecasts and consequential reduction in profitability.

Subcontractor sentiment is positive in terms of a return to work, with all respondents saying their subcontractor workforce is keen to mobilise. Meanwhile, a lack of ability to deliver creates a perfect storm for contractors, who accept that a sustainable supply chain will underpin future success.

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