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UK Government announces £600bn infrastructure investment

27/11/2018
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The UK Government has set out a massive £600 billion investment in national infrastructure this week, which will see roads, hospitals, schools and many other vital pieces of infrastructure built or renewed over the next decade.
The UK Government's £600bn infrastructure investment is detailed in its National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline
The plans are detailed in the Government’s new National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline which reveals the vast scale of public and private investment underway and expected by 2028. The Pipeline of projects includes schemes such as the £28 billion national roads fund, the East West Rail project, upgrading the M6 to a smart motorway and Hornsea Project One- the largest offshore wind farm in the world.

A central part of the Government’s infrastructure ambitions centres on the increased use of modern manufacturing techniques in order to improve the productivity rates of the sector. Methods that are likely to be promoted as part of the Government’s plans include the manufacturing of components in factories using the latest digital technology before being sent for assembly on construction sites. According to estimates, the use of these more modern construction methods can boost productivity and reduce waste by as much as 90 per cent. For example, a school that typically takes a year to build could be completed in just over four months.

This manufacturing technique has already been deployed in the UK on the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme. Parts of the bridges along the route were developed in a factory, meaning they were built more efficiently than if traditional methods of construction had been used.

Commenting on the investment, the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Robert Jenrick, said:

“We are committed to renewing our infrastructure to drive economic growth in all parts of the United Kingdom. Over the course of this Parliament, investment in economic infrastructure will reach the highest sustained levels in over 40 years”.

“And as the pace of technological change accelerates, we are stepping up our commitment to digital infrastructure, use of data to drive greater productivity and embrace new methods of construction”.

“With £600bn of investment over the next decade, including the largest ever investment in our strategic road network, we are taking the long-term action required to raise productivity and ensure the economy is fit for the future”.

A major boost for construction jobs

The increased investment in national infrastructure will naturally have a positive impact upon the civil engineering and general construction labour market, and here at Fircroft we’re already seeing an increased demand for skilled and experienced professionals, particularly in the North West and South East of England.

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