The level of investment into sites, road infrastructure along with the current demand for residential and commercial buildings has provided Walsall with strong opportunities in the construction sector.
From materials to toolmakers; from architects to project management Walsall businesses are well placed to support major build projects. Across the whole of the Black Country, this sector represents £0.9bn to the GVA, just under 4,000 businesses with a workforce of 44,000.
One in every ten jobs in Walsall is in construction and building technologies, whilst it contributes almost £250 million a year to the Borough’s economic output.
Walsall has a range of specialised training providers offering excellent pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship training, enabling businesses to continue delivering a high standard of working practices and keeping up-to-date with the latest techniques and legal requirements.
The new West Midland Construction University Technical College, sponsored by CITB-ConstructionSkills, University of Wolverhampton and Walsall College, is located in Walsall and will offer specialised training in construction and the application of IT in the built environment for 14-19 year olds to prepare them to fast track into the industry.
Over £260 million has been invested over the last five years in Gigaport, the Town Centre development site. This includes the new hospital, residential accommodation, a new college, a new Tesco’s superstore, a new Head Office for Walsall Housing Group and other commercial buildings.
We offer support to the Construction Sector with a dedicated member of the team, Jeff Marlow. More information about the offer to Construction businesses is available here.
Who’s already here?
- Barhale is established as one of the industry’s leading civil engineering contractors specialising in tunnelling.
- Fortel is a leading construction company which has worked alongside Balfour Beatty, Birse and Volker Fitzpatrick.
- Bullocks a prime contractor in the house market
Walsall has a targeted investment objective, to bring forward land and sites for economic use. In developing the landscape we have set out a plan to grow both the number of jobs in the sector and to increase productivity and output to £420 million over the next 20 years.