Projects worth £600 billion in pipeline as government gets UK building
The government’s National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline reveals the vast scale of public and private investment underway and expected by 2028.
It includes schemes announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond in his recent Budget, like the £28 billion national roads fund, as well as other flagship projects like East West Rail, upgrading the M6 to a smart motorway and Hornsea Project One – the largest offshore wind farm in the world.
To ensure maximum efficiency in building these projects ministers are encouraging greater use of more modern approaches to construction.
This includes the manufacturing of components in factories using the latest digital technology before being sent for assembly on construction sites. The government has committed to increasing use of these methods in public-funded projects and today asks for views on how to encourage greater use of these cutting-edge techniques.
Despite significant contributions to the UK economy, the construction sector’s productivity is weak compared to other sectors like manufacturing.
Applying modern manufacturing approaches to building projects 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 used to great success in several projects, including the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme. Parts of these bridges were developed in a factory, meaning they were built more efficiently than if traditional methods of construction had been used. ■