Contractors have backed plans that ministers say will revolutionise British infrastructure and boost the construction sector’s productivity, generating savings of £15bn a year.
Published alongside the £600bn National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority’s Transforming Infrastructure Performance programme aims to increase the productivity of infrastructure projects and drive innovation in the construction sector.
The programme contains plans to transform infrastructure delivery over the long term, using the Government’s influence ‘to drive modern methods of construction so Britain can lead the world in high-tech building’.
A separate transport infrastructure efficiency strategy sets out how the lessons in the programme will be applied to drive efficiency and productivity in transport specifically.
Andrew Jones MP, exchequer secretary to the Treasury, said: ‘We are backing Britain with a record amount of infrastructure investment as we build an economy fit for the future. That’s why we’re working with the industry to skill up and scale up for the challenges ahead.’
Marie-Claude Hemming, director of external affairs for the Civil Engineering Contractors Association, said: ‘The Government’s £600bn infrastructure pipeline demonstrates it is committed to investing in infrastructure to deliver economic growth.
‘Our industry is poised to deliver the infrastructure 21st century Britain will rely upon. At the same time, industry itself must modernise, and key to this will be solving the productivity puzzle.’
Officials pointed out that the Government is a major player in construction and delivers many projects every year, including transport projects, accounting for a quarter of all construction projects. They said using this purchasing power will enable ministers to drive innovation and encourage firms to invest in modern methods and technology, such as off-site manufacturing.
The Government cited the Mersey Gateway Bridge (pictured) as an example of a major infrastructure project completed in 2017.