The government has updated its construction pipeline last published in November alongside the National Infrastructure Plan update and the infrastructure investment pipeline.
The government-funded construction pipeline now includes over 600 projects and programmes, worth around £40bn of investment over four years to 2014/15. This figure excludes rail and other regulated and private sector infrastructure investment.
The latest edition is improved in terms of its level of detail and its reach beyond the major construction spending departments. Progressively the government will capture all central government construction spend.
Progress has also been made with local government and for the first time the pipeline includes details on a further 500 local authority highways projects in addition to the 600 centrally funded projects.
The construction pipeline will be now updated on a six monthly basis. The bigger Infrastructure Investment Pipeline data, which includes privately funded and regulated spend from clients such as energy companies, water utilities and Network Rail will continue to be refreshed annually.
The government has also published an initial analysis on strategic capability, using construction and tunnelling as an example and identifying some of the skills and changes required to meet future demand. In future the government will publish plans for other key sectors.