The government’s construction pipeline forecasts £600 billion of infrastructure investment over the next decade, and encourages offsite construction methods.
In the 2018 National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline and Call for Evidence on Offsite Construction, published last week, billions were announced for investments in roads, hospitals and schools, alongside proposals to use modern technologies to build infrastructure in the most effective way.
The investment includes schemes announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond in his recent Budget, such as the £28 billion national roads fund, flagship projects like East West Rail, upgrading the M6 to a smart motorway, and Hornsea Project One – the largest offshore wind farm in the world.
To ensure maximum efficiency in building these projects, ministers are encouraging greater use of modern approaches such as offsite construction, and they have called for people’s views on how to encourage greater use of these cutting-edge techniques.
The report says that, despite significant contributions to the UK economy, the construction sector’s productivity is weak compared to other sectors like manufacturing.
It argues that applying modern manufacturing approaches to building projects can boost productivity and reduce waste by as much as 90%. For example, a school that typically takes a year to build could be completed in just over four months.