Industry reacts positively to government’s £600bn infrastructure pipeline plans

On Tuesday the UK Government published a new National Infrastructure & Construction Pipeline report detailing £600 billion of infrastructure investment over the next 10 years. The investment will come from both private and public sectors helping to boost productivity within the construction sector and revolutionise British infrastructure. The report provides confidence to the industry that there is a desire to boost and develop infrastructure in the UK.

It’s positive news for those working in the industry who can expect investment in the skills, technologies and modern construction methods required to meet future demand. One such example of a new construction method having a positive impact on efficiency is off-site manufacturing. This method can reduce waste by 90% and speed up delivery times, ultimately leading to boosted productivity. The method which involves projects being part-constructed before being assembled on site can see a school which would normally take a year to be built, being completed in one third of that time.

Unsurprisingly, the industry has responded positively to the report and the potential annual productivity savings of £15 billion. Jason Millett, Mace’s Chief Operating Officer for Consultancy, said: 

“As a British firm working with government to deliver some of our most complex programmes and projects, Mace welcomes the publication of both the revised infrastructure pipeline and this new guidance. Transforming our infrastructure delivery in the UK has the potential to radically improve our productivity and so deliver more sustainable growth for the economy as whole."

“It’s fantastic to see such a healthy infrastructure investment pipeline boost. Combined with the recently announced £170m construction sector deal, these new policies show a clear commitment from the government to work with the private sector to change how we design and deliver infrastructure for the better. It’s now up to contractors and consultants to show that we’re up to the challenge.”

Nelson Ogunshakin, Chief Executive of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering, said:

“We’re pleased to see a focus on productivity and encouraging the adoption of new digital and manufacturing technologies. As a sector, we look forward to working closely with the IPA which will co-ordinate infrastructure delivery across disparate Whitehall departments."

“However, we need to reiterate our message to Government that we cannot allow the final fifteen months of the Brexit negotiations to derail delivery of this Investment Pipeline. We need the current focus on infrastructure to remain, even if Brexit looms ever larger over Westminster.”

Find out more about reactions from leaders across the industry in this Infrastructure Intelligence article.

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