A recent report from Barbour ABI has indicated that the construction industry is showing resilience, with £5.2 billion worth of contracts being awarded in June 2019 – an increase of 5.5% on May.
The infrastructure sector accounted for 37.2% of the total value of contracts awarded. It is the first time this year that infrastructure has accounted for more contracts than residential housebuilding.
The positive news for the infrastructure sector is likely to keep coming.
With a new prime minister in place, the industry is now calling for a National Infrastructure Strategy to be published in the autumn, allowing for a long-term strategic approach to deliver better and more efficient infrastructure. Improving infrastructure is something which Boris Johnson has so far shown support for, backing major projects such as Heathrow expansion and more recently, HS2.
He has also displayed enthusiasm for the Northern Powerhouse Rail, and connectivity between the east and the west.
Construction is one of the most powerful sectors for bolstering the economy and increasing job opportunities, whilst boosting confidence – making it a likely priority for the new PM.
David Barwell, UK and Ireland chief executive at AECOM, said: “Whilst Mr Johnson’s view on the future of some key infrastructure projects has in the past been mixed, his appointment as our new prime minister gives him the perfect opportunity to do what’s right for the country - backing investment in infrastructure and providing certainty around our future pipeline.
“I was extremely pleased to hear the promise of “better infrastructure” in Mr Johnson’s acceptance speech and regardless of Brexit I would suggest a starting point for his plan to “energise the country” would be to fully endorse schemes such as HS2, Crossrail 2, Northern Powerhouse Rail and Heathrow’s expansion. All of which must proceed if we are to maintain our country’s ability to compete on a global stage.”
Infrastructure therefore offers plenty of opportunities for skilled construction workers.
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