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26/11/2018

10-year infrastructure pipeline set out

Words: Laura Edgar
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The government has published its 2018 National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline, which is projected to be worth £600 billion over the next 10 years.

Schemes include the £28 billion national roads fund announced in the 2018 Budget; the East West Rail project; the M6 smart motorway upgrade; and Hornsea Project One, the world;s largest offshore windfarm.

Ministers are encouraging the use of more modern approach to construction to ensure the manufacturing and constructions behind such projects is as efficient as it can be – this could include manufacturing components in factories using the latest digital technology before being sent for assembly on construction sites.

Infrastructure investments in the pipeline include:

  • Midlands Engine

-    £71.5 from the Transforming Cities Fund for transport projects in West Midlands Combined Authority.
-    Smart motorway upgrades for the M6.

  • Northern Powerhouse

-    Up to £37 million for Northern Powerhouse Rail.

-    Transforming Cities Fund money for the Tees Valley, Liverpool and Greater Manchester.

  • South West

-    Bristol Deep Sea Container Terminal

  • South East and London

-    Oxford alleviation scheme.

  • East of England

-    £20 million for East West Rail.

-    A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme.

For example, parts of the bridges being constructed for the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme were manufactured in a factory which, the governmetn argues, means they were built more efficiently than using traditional construction techniques. The goverment claims that applying modern manufacturing techniques can boost productivity and reduce waste by up to 90 per cent, and is consulting on how to encourage greater use of modern manufacturing and construction techniques.

Robert Jenrick, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, said: “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 £600 billion 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.”

Tony Meggs, chief executive of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA), added: “We recognise there is significant momentum within the sector to scale up the adoption of more modern and innovative practices and it is the role of the IPA to help coordinate this approach across new infrastructure projects.

“We would like to hear from a range of industry experts on government’s proposals for a Platform Approach to Design for Manufacture and Assembly.”

The Proposal for a New Approach to Building: Call for Evidence and Analysis of the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline can be found on the UK Government website.

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