The ICE today called on industry to take part in an investigation into how the cost of delivering civil engineering works for major infrastructure projects can be reduced.
Treasury body Infrastructure UK (IUK) will work with the ICE, industry, government and academia, to look at how the cost of delivering new and upgraded infrastructure in the UK can be driven down, while ensuring projects still deliver value for clients and the public.
As part of the investigation ICE has established an independent Stakeholder Reference Group (SRG) to be chaired by ICE senior vice president Peter Hansford of the Nichols Group. The SRG, which has issued an initial call for evidence to industry today, via a confidential online survey, will be facilitating input to the investigation from all facets of the industry and providing a channel through which wider industry can contribute and comment on emerging findings.
“In times of austerity, it is important that industry plays its part in identifying ways to drive down costs,” said Hansford. “It is also important, that during a time when the UK needs to attract large volumes of private funds into essential infrastructure projects, there is not a perception among potential investors that the UK is an unnecessarily expensive place to deliver projects.
“Our joint work with IUK into civil engineering costs, therefore, comes at a pivotal time and will help to establish the direct and indirect factors influencing the costs of major infrastructure projects. We urge individuals and organisations to contribute to the investigation and to encourage otherssuch as smaller specialist civil engineering contractors, suppliers, or consultancy organisations, to also take part.”
The survey can be found here and will remain open untill 11 August.