The Construction Industry: when does a builder become a civil engineer?
There are three major segments of construction:
1. Builders or general contractors; build residential, industrial and commercial buildings.
They are employed to construct new buildings or adapt existing properties. General contractors are generally what we think of when we use the term ‘builders’. The Federation of Master Builders claims there are almost 300,000 businesses in the UK which undertake general building work of this type.
2. Heavy and civil engineering construction contractors build sewers, roads, bridges, tunnels and other projects.
Civil engineers are generally employed to work on public projects or large developments. They must be competent in scheduling and management. And have the resources to deal with large scale building work.
3. Specialty trade contractors perform specialized activities related to construction such as carpentry, painting, plumbing, and electrical work.
Working very much as part of a larger team, specialist contractors are brought in by a project manager to complete detailed work.
Based in the East Riding of Yorkshire, Pryjen Construction undertakes civil engineering projects throughout the UK, as well as taking on large construction jobs closer to home.