Civils firms meet with government over future of infrastructure
Leading industry members pushed for further detail about the implementation and development of the national infrastructure plan at a high level meeting between business and government body Infrastructure UK (IUK) at the ICE last week.
Over 20 senior representatives of leading organisations in civil engineering, business and the financial sector met with IUK chief executive James Stewart to discuss the latest government developments in infrastructure.
The group, known as the ICE Strategic Infrastructure Group, includes chief executives and directors from major companies. It was formed in 2008 by the ICE and meets twice yearly to meet key infrastructure figures and discuss the most pressing infrastructure issues.
It was keen to hear more detail on the progression and implementation of the national infrastructure plan, which estimated £200bn must be invested in overhauling and constructing infrastructure in the next five years.
Issues raised included how best the proposed Green Investment Bank might be structured to attract long-term private investment, and the relationship between Westminster and devolved administrations on infrastructure issues.
The ICE worked closely with IUK in developing the plan, which provides a cross-sector vision of the long-term needs of the UK’s infrastructure in order to guarantee energy security, drive economic growth and achieve a low carbon economy.
ICE President Peter Hansford said successful delivery on the challenges presented in the plan demands that industry and government maintain a shared focus. “Government has shown real commitment to the long-term infrastructure agenda with the publication of a national plan but driving this forward successfully demands industry is onboard and involved every step of the way,” he said.
“Providing clarity on progress and implementation of the government’s vision will be vital and the ICE is pleased to be able to facilitate this engagement.”