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£109 billion of future government construction opportunities up for grabs
Industry can use the forward-looking information – published on a new online portal available now – to plan for the future based on what government proposes to build, construct or renovate in the coming years.
The Government Construction Pipeline is reviewed every 6 months to ensure new opportunities are reflected and more details are provided as they emerge. It has now been updated following the Spending Round for 2015 to 2016 to include further programmes and projects up to 2020 and beyond.
This version of the pipeline contains the largest amount of proposed construction projects ever published and includes opportunities related to investment in infrastructure across government as set out in Investing in Britain’s Future:
- More than £3.3 billion of new funding to build 165,000 affordable new homes in England over the next 3 years
- £370 million in 2015 to 2016 for the long-term funding settlement for flood defences, alongside further funding commitments to deliver improved protection to at least 300,000 homes
- More than £40 billion commitment to build High Speed 2 (HS2)
- Trebling annual investment in major road schemes by 2020/21 compared to today’s levels – the biggest programme of investment in roads since the 1970s.
For example, local authorities have been allocated nearly £6 billion to help repair the local road network and Highways Agency has allocated over £4 billion to resurface the vast majority of the national network by 2020 to 2021
Chloë Smith said: "We know that being transparent about opportunities available in the public sector is exactly what suppliers need to start looking at their business, investing and boosting their capabilities."
"Regularly updating this information and providing construction suppliers with much earlier visibility of future opportunities within government gives UK business the knowledge they need to plan, get ahead of the game and grow. With more than £109 billion worth of future public construction contracts now up for grabs from now to 2020 and beyond, we are reinforcing our long-term commitment to rebalance the economy and help Britain get ahead in the global race."
The new interactive portal to help suppliers access the Construction Pipeline data in a simple and accessible format can be accessed directly from www.uk-cip.org.uk. Hosted by HM government’s private sector partner Barbour ABI, the portal features a timeline and map view of government construction projects.