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There can be little doubt that the outlook for the infrastructure sector is looking more positive than it has for many years.
A revelatory moment in my thinking about procurement was when over a dinner Sir William McAlpine, of the famed construction dynasty, gave me a short extract from a John Ruskin essay.
London’s population had shrank to just 6.7M people in 1988, but then the city started growing again. The 2011 London Plan expected it to take a further ten years for the city’s population to reach 8.4M – instead growth accelerated and it took just two years, with that level being reached in mid 2013, and currently increasing by 110,000 people every year.
Momentum must be built on.
New status for temporary works engineers.
The words passionate and pedestrian do not often appear in the same sentence. While other modes of transport have their enthusiasts (the train spotters, petrol heads etc of this world), walking is something that does not usually excite.
Now that we are truly entrenched in 2015, I cannot help noticing a prevailing sense of change in the air.
Government plans to invest £15bn in a major road building programme and £6bn in local roads over the course of the next parliament are welcome. However, there remains a real danger that the strategic and local road networks are being treated in isolation.
The water industry is changing and we need to adapt. And innovate. And create. With 2015 and AMP6 around the corner, we need to make sure we’re delivering efficiency and working collaboratively to ensure we’re not left behind.
High rise residential buildings are increasingly being designed and built in the UK, and London leads the way, with around 25 residential buildings of 20 storeys or more under construction and around another 80 with planning consent. Many more are in the pipeline.
Sustainability was not a high priority for contractors during the recession – winning the next project and keeping their businesses afloat was what mattered most. But with the economy growing again, ignoring sustainability will mean missing out on major contracts.
The Autumn Statement was a missed opportunity. Despite some positive announcements on devolution, the government’s fetish for ever more roads comes at the expense of both the environment and more effective and better value public transport alternatives.
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