The National Specialist Contractors Council (NSCC) and the UK Contractors Group (UKCG) have confirmed that the two organisations will merge.
The new body, to be called Build UK, will create a stronger voice for the industry, the two organisations said. They added that there was overwhelming support from members to join up the contracting supply chain.
NSCC and UKCG will formally vote to effect the merger this month and Build UK, which will be led by current NSCC chief executive Suzannah Nichol, will be operational from 1 September this year. The first meeting of a new Strategy Board has already taken place.
President of NSCC Kevin Louch said: "I believe that by sitting around the same table we will be able to have honest conversations about how projects can be delivered more effectively and there is the definite prospect of addressing major industry issues such as pre-qualification, skills and of course payment."
James Wates, chairman of UKCG said: "This is a huge step forward for the supply chain and, while there are some undeniable anxieties about how the new organisation will function, all our discussions to date have been extremely positive."