2014-15 construction projects to total £36bn

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150,000 construction jobs could be created to support the government's National Infrastructure Plan – a programme that predicts the completion of more than 200 infrastructure projects in 2014 and 2015, plus the start of over 200 more. 

Downing Street has stated that £36bn will be spent on rail, highways, transport, flood defences, broadband, airport infrastructure and waste management projects starting in 2014 and 2015 – spending that the government claims will support more than 150,000 construction jobs. The state will contribute £5bn, the private sector £21bn and £10bn will come from joint public/private investment.  

Key projects starting this financial year include:

  • £589m Mersey Gateway Bridge

  • Six-lane suspension toll bridge linking Runcorn and Widnes

  • £18m Sheffield Don Valley flood relief scheme

  • £30m Exeter flood defence scheme 

Key projects due for completion this year include: 

  • M6 J10A-13

  • Nottingham tram extension

  • Heathrow T2 upgrade

  • Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm

Growth predictions

According to the Construction Products Association’s latest forecast, increases in private house building plus growth in the infrastructure and commercial sectors will drive activity this year, with the promise of a further two years’ growth to follow. Rail infrastructure is looking forward to a £38bn investment programme by Network Rail over the next five years and road infrastructure is predicted to grow 15% this year, with growth every year until 2017.

“The construction industry is now on track to grow 18% by 2017 and contribute an additional £20bn to the UK economy.”

Skills in demand

A huge variety of skilled permanent and contract personnel are required to help the UK’s infrastructure projects and the ARM Infrastructure & Built Environment team is seeing increased demand for people with skills in the fields of: 

  • Civil Engineers (Section Engineer / Sub Agent / Site Agent)

  • Quantity Surveyors (Intermediate to Senior Surveyor)

  • Estimators and Cost Engineers

  • Design Engineers across Electrical and Mechanical disciplines

So, if you’re looking for a new challenge, contact the ARM Infrastructure & Built Environment team today. You can also join us on our LinkedIn page for our latest blogs and to have your say.

Sources:

Construction Enquirer

Gov.uk

The Construction Products Association

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