The Construction Pipeline
Posted on: 17/07/2014

We’ve had another extremely busy fortnight here at Blueprint in the Civil / Structural Division.

We are experiencing extremely high demand for structural engineers at the moment at all levels. It is the case that many good quality structural engineers left the industry altogether during the tough times of the recession and many of those that remained in the industry are still wary about looking at new opportunities, perhaps because they’re not yet confident enough in the economy and the robustness of the future business of a potential employer. Perhaps worried about the old adage ‘last one in, first one out’.

With the above in mind I was very interested to read the article below in the bdonline magazine recently. It is certainly the case that we’re incredibly busy here but it’s reassuring to read an article that reinforces that this is not just a temporary ‘blip’ but is a period of continues growth and strengthening of the UK economy.

Article from the bdonline by Alister Hayman – 4th July 2014…
The value of work in the government’s construction pipeline has jumped by 13% to £116bn after the pipeline was refreshed this month.

The Cabinet Office’s latest update to the construction pipeline, unveiled at this week’s Government Construction Summit, organised by UBM, showed that the value of work had risen by £13 billion to £116 billion, up from £103 billion from the previous version, which was published in December.

The pipeline covers work for each year from 2014 through to 2020, and then work beyond 2020.

The greatest value of work in the two years to 2016 is in transport, with a £14.2 billion pipeline; followed by education, with £9.2bn; then housing and regeneration with £3.8 billion.

The construction pipeline is compiled by construction analyst Barbour ABI, which is owned by UBM, the publisher of Building Design.

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said: “As part of our long-term economic plan this government is reforming public sector construction and helping develop a more efficient and competitive industry that will lead to more jobs and better value for taxpayers.

“To win the global race, we must support the smaller suppliers which are the lifeblood of our economy. We’ve beaten our target on Project Bank Accounts but we will keep pushing ahead to ensure suppliers of all sizes are treated fairly.”

Barbour ABI economist Michael Dall said: “These latest figures represent a huge boost to the UK construction industry.

“Hopefully the government pipeline will help to increase optimism across the industry, which was strongest towards the end of 2013 when output rose at its fastest rate for more than six years.

“Plans of new projects and significant spend in the infrastructure sector should help to dispel concerns that the industry is becoming too reliant on the housing sector.”

As I mentioned above, we’re experiencing massive demand for engineers and technicians across the board from within the built environment sector. If you’re starting to think that the time might be right to start ‘putting the feelers out’ to explore what new challenges might be waiting for you then please give us a call on 02392 603030.


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