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Civil Engineering (Industrial Report) - UK - July 2014

“The prospects for the civil engineering sector remain strong over the next five years, with development significantly exceeding GDP growth. Development is set to be driven by the buoyant transport and electricity sectors, which are set to attract significant investment over the next decade.”
- Claudia Preedy, Industrial Analyst

This report will explore the following key questions with regard to civil engineering construction in the UK:

  • How have the individual sectors of the civil engineering market performed over the last five years?
  • What is the impact of legislative and regulatory measures on civil engineering construction activity?
  • How have the key players in the industry performed financially in recent years?
  • What are the key drivers for growth over the next five years?
  • What are the growth prospects for civil engineering activity over the next five years?

The definitions used in this report for the civil engineering sector are from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which broadly defines the sector as constituting new infrastructure. There are a number of sectors that are defined within this sector comprising both public and privately financed projects.

The sectors include the following:

  • Water: Comprising the construction of reservoirs, purification plants, dams (except for hydro-electric schemes), aqueducts, wells, conduits, waterworks, pumping stations, water mains, hydraulic works, etc.
  • Sewerage: Comprising sewerage disposal works, the laying of sewers and service drains.
  • Electricity: Comprising building and civil engineering work for electrical undertakings such as power stations, dams and other works on hydro-electric schemes, sub stations, laying of cables and the erection of overhead lines.
  • Gas: Comprising gas works, the laying of gas mains and gas storage facilities.
  • Communications: Comprising post offices, sorting offices, telephone exchanges, switching centres, cables etc.
  • Air: Comprising air terminals, runways, hangars, reception halls, radar installations, perimeter fencing etc, which are for use in connection with airfields.
  • Railways: Comprising permanent way, tunnels, bridges, cuttings, stations, engine sheds, etc, and electrification of both surface and underground railways
  • Harbours (including waterways): Comprising all works and buildings directly connected with harbours, wharves, docks, piers, jetties (including oil jetties), canals and water ways, dredging, sea walls, embankments and water defences.
  • Roads: Comprising roads, pavements, bridges, footpaths, lighting, tunnels, flyovers and fencing etc.
  • Public work: Comprises work on any public authority, such as government departments, public utilities, nationalised industries, universities, the post office, new town corporations housing association etc.
  • Private work: Comprises work done for a private owner, organisation or developer and includes work carried out by firms on their own initiative. It includes work where the private sector carries the majority of the risk/gain i.e. In principle all pfi contracts are considered private.

 

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Table of contents

  1. Executive Summary

      • The market
        • New civil engineering construction output up 7% during 2013
          • Figure 1: New civil engineering construction output in Great Britain, 2009-13
        • Rail and electricity sectors drive growth of civil engineering output between 2009 and 2013
          • Figure 2: New civil engineering construction output in Great Britain, by sector, 2009-13
        • Prospects for the civil engineering sector remain strong over the next five years
          • Figure 3: Forecast new civil engineering construction output in Great Britain, 2014-18
        • Market factors
          • Government’s renewed focus on infrastructure investment to provide a positive impetus for the sector
            • Coalition government committed to biggest programme of road investment since the 1970s
              • Electricity market reform to attract increased investment in electricity generation sector
                • Prospects for civil engineering output in water and sewerage sector expected to be limited
                  • Private sector investment in infrastructure on the up
                    • Companies
                      • Trend towards long-term alliances and closer, integrated relationships in utility sector
                        • Figure 4: Analysis of the civil engineering industry by type of activity, number of companies & % of total, 2013
                      • What we think
                      • Introduction

                          • Definitions
                            • Methodology
                              • Abbreviations
                                • Market positioning
                                  • Figure 5: Total new construction and civil engineering output in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                • UK economy
                                  • Inflation
                                    • Interest rates
                                      • Business investment
                                      • Market Factors

                                          • Water and sewerage
                                            • Industry regulation
                                              • Legislative environment
                                                  • Figure 6: Sewerage treatment enhancement expenditure driven by UWWTD in England & Wales, 1990-2015
                                                  • Figure 7: Sewerage treatment enhancement expenditure driven by UWWTD in England & Wales, 1990-2015
                                                  • Figure 8: UK coastal bathing water compliance with Bathing Water Directive for mandatory coliform standards, 2009-13
                                                  • Figure 9: Capital expenditure on private sewers in England & Wales, by water and sewerage company, 2009-13
                                                • Gas and electricity
                                                  • Price Controls
                                                    • Environmental and legislative factors
                                                        • Figure 10: Average wholesales gas prices, 2002-13
                                                        • Figure 11: Average wholesale gas prices, 2002-13
                                                      • Airports
                                                        • Communications
                                                          • Railways
                                                            • Ports and harbours
                                                              • Roads
                                                              • Market Size and Segmentation

                                                                • Key points
                                                                  • Market size
                                                                    • Figure 12: Civil engineering construction output in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                                    • Figure 13: Civil engineering construction output in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                                  • Market segmentation
                                                                      • Figure 14: Civil engineering construction output in Great Britain, by sector, 2009-13
                                                                      • Figure 15: Civil engineering construction output in Great Britain, by sector, 2009 and 2013
                                                                  • Water and Sewerage Sector

                                                                    • Key points
                                                                      • Water and sewerage capital expenditure
                                                                        • Figure 16: Total capital expenditure by water and sewerage companies in England & Wales, 2005-10 and 2010-15
                                                                        • Figure 17: Actual UK capital expenditure on water and sewerage services, 2008/09-2012/13
                                                                        • Figure 18: UK capital expenditure on water and sewerage services, 2008/09-2012/13
                                                                        • Figure 19: UK capital expenditure on water and sewerage services, 2008/09-2012/13
                                                                        • Figure 20: Analysis of water capital expenditure in England and Wales, by water and sewerage companies, by type, 2011/12-2012/13
                                                                        • Figure 21: Analysis of water capital expenditure in England and Wales, by water-only companies, by type, 2011/12-012/13
                                                                        • Figure 22: Analysis of sewerage capital expenditure in England and Wales, by water and sewerage companies, by type, 2011/12-2012/13
                                                                        • Figure 23: Analysis of Scottish Water Capital Expenditure on Water and Sewerage Services, 2007/08-2012/13
                                                                        • Figure 24: Analysis of Northern Ireland Water capital expenditure on water and sewerage services, 2008/09-2012/13
                                                                        • Figure 25: Civil engineering construction output for the potable water industry in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                                        • Figure 26: Civil engineering construction output for the sewerage industry in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                                    • Electricity Sector

                                                                      • Key points
                                                                        • Electricity distribution capital expenditure
                                                                            • Figure 27: UK gross capital expenditure by electricity distribution network operators, 2008/09-2012/13
                                                                            • Figure 28: UK gross capital expenditure by the electricity distribution network operators, by company, 2008/09-2012/13
                                                                          • Electricity transmission capital expenditure
                                                                              • Figure 29: Size of electricity transmission network in Great Britain, 2013
                                                                              • Figure 30: Allowed capital expenditure by the electricity transmission industry in Great Britain, 2007/08-2012/13
                                                                              • Figure 31: Capital expenditure by the electricity transmission industry in Great Britain, 2008/09-2012/13
                                                                              • Figure 32: Capital expenditure by the electricity transmission industry in Great Britain, 2008/09-2012/13
                                                                            • The electricity generation mix
                                                                              • Figure 33: Analysis of electricity supplied in the UK, by type of fuel used in generation, 2009-13
                                                                            • Renewables generation
                                                                                • Figure 34: Renewable electricity generation in the UK, 2009-13
                                                                              • Coal generation
                                                                                • Nuclear generation
                                                                                  • Figure 35: UK nuclear sites planned closure dates, as of June 2014
                                                                                • CCGT
                                                                                  • Distributed generation
                                                                                    • Interconnectors
                                                                                        • Figure 36: Civil engineering construction output for the electricity industry in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                                                        • Figure 37: Civil engineering construction output for the electricity industry in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                                                    • Gas Sector

                                                                                      • Key points
                                                                                        • Industry overview
                                                                                          • Gas capital expenditure
                                                                                            • Figure 38: Total gas transmission and distribution capital expenditure, 2008/09-2012/13
                                                                                            • Figure 39: Total gas transmission capital expenditure, 2008/09-12/13
                                                                                            • Figure 40: Total gas distribution capital expenditure, 2008/09-2012/13
                                                                                          • Replacement expenditure
                                                                                              • Figure 41: Length of gas mains replaced, by distribution network operator, 2009-13
                                                                                            • Gas storage facilities
                                                                                              • Civil engineering construction output
                                                                                                • Figure 42: Civil engineering construction output for the gas industry in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                                                            • Airports Sector

                                                                                              • Key points
                                                                                                • Figure 43: 10 largest airports in the UK, 2009-13
                                                                                                • Figure 44: Civil engineering construction output for the air transport industry in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                                                                • Figure 45: Civil engineering construction output for the air transport industry in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                                                            • Communications Sector

                                                                                              • Key points
                                                                                                • Figure 46: Key market developments in the telecoms sector, 2008-12
                                                                                                • Figure 47: Number of BT Exchanges FTTC-Enabled, 2011-14
                                                                                                • Figure 48: Civil engineering construction output for the communications industry in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                                                            • Railways Sector

                                                                                              • Key points
                                                                                                • Capital expenditure
                                                                                                  • Figure 49: Renewal expenditure by asset, 2010-13
                                                                                                  • Figure 50: Rail renewal expenditure by asset, 2012-13
                                                                                                  • Figure 51: Private sector investment in track and signalling, 2009-13
                                                                                                  • Figure 52: Private sector investment in stations, 2009-13
                                                                                                  • Figure 53: Analysis of enhancement expenditure in England and Wales, by type, 2010-13 and planned 2014
                                                                                                  • Figure 54: Analysis of enhancement expenditure in Scotland, by type, 2010-13 and planned 2014
                                                                                                  • Figure 55: Analysis of enhancement expenditure on non PR08 funded schemes by type, 2010-13 and planned 2014
                                                                                                • Railways civil engineering output
                                                                                                  • Figure 56: Civil engineering construction output for the rail transport sector in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                                                              • Harbours Sector

                                                                                                • Key point
                                                                                                  • Overview
                                                                                                      • Figure 57: Civil engineering construction output for the harbours and waterways sectors in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                                                                  • Roads Sector

                                                                                                    • Key points
                                                                                                      • Overview
                                                                                                        • Figure 58: Road network in Great Britain, by type, 2013
                                                                                                        • Figure 59: Road network expenditure in England, by activity and road type, 201/11-2011/12
                                                                                                        • Figure 60: New construction and improvements of roads, motorways and all purpose trunk roads, in England, 2008/09-2012/13
                                                                                                        • Figure 61: Civil engineering new road construction output in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                                                                        • Figure 62: Civil engineering new road construction output in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                                                                      • Seasonality of civil engineering construction output
                                                                                                        • Figure 63: Seasonality of civil engineering, 2009-13
                                                                                                        • Figure 64: seasonality of civil engineering output in the water sector, 2009-13
                                                                                                        • Figure 65: Seasonality of civil engineering output in the sewerage sector, 2009-13
                                                                                                        • Figure 66: seasonality of civil engineering output in the electricity sector, 2009-13
                                                                                                        • Figure 67: Seasonality of civil engineering output in the gas, communications and air sector, 2009-13
                                                                                                        • Figure 68: Seasonality of civil engineering output in the railways sector, 2009-13
                                                                                                        • Figure 69: Seasonality of civil engineering output in the harbours sector, 2009-13
                                                                                                        • Figure 70: Seasonality of civil engineering output in the roads sector, 2009-13
                                                                                                      • Regional civil engineering construction output
                                                                                                        • Figure 71: Analysis of civil engineering output, by region, 2009-13
                                                                                                    • Industry Structure

                                                                                                      • Key points
                                                                                                        • Industry development
                                                                                                          • Figure 72: Analysis of the civil engineering industry by type of activity and company size, 2013
                                                                                                      • Company Profiles

                                                                                                        • Amec

                                                                                                              • Figure 73: Financial analysis of AMEC, 2009-13
                                                                                                          • Amey

                                                                                                                • Figure 74: Financial analysis of Amey UK, 2009-13
                                                                                                            • Balfour Beatty

                                                                                                                  • Figure 75: Financial analysis of Balfour Beatty, 2009-13
                                                                                                                  • Figure 76: Turnover analysis of Balfour Beatty by segment, 2012-13
                                                                                                              • Land Lease Construction

                                                                                                                    • Figure 77: Financial analysis of Lend Lease Construction (EMEA), 2008-13
                                                                                                                • The Costain Group

                                                                                                                      • Figure 78: Financial analysis of Costain Group, 2009-13
                                                                                                                      • Figure 79: Turnover analysis of Costain Group, by division, 2010-13
                                                                                                                  • John Laing

                                                                                                                        • Figure 80: Financial analysis of John Laing, 2009-13
                                                                                                                    • Carillion

                                                                                                                          • Figure 81: Financial analysis of Carillion, 2009-13
                                                                                                                      • J Murphy & Sons

                                                                                                                            • Figure 82: Financial analysis of J Murphy & Sons, 2008-12
                                                                                                                        • Bam Nuttall

                                                                                                                              • Figure 83: Financial analysis of Bam Nuttall, 2009-13
                                                                                                                          • Interserve

                                                                                                                                • Figure 84: Financial analysis of Interserve, 2009-13
                                                                                                                            • Skanska UK

                                                                                                                                  • Figure 85: Financial analysis of Skanska UK, 2008-12
                                                                                                                              • McNicholas Construction Holdings

                                                                                                                                  • Figure 86: Financial analysis of McNicholas Construction (Holdings), 2009-13
                                                                                                                              • Galliford Try Infrastructure

                                                                                                                                  • Figure 87: Financial analysis of Galliford Try Infrastructure, 2009-13
                                                                                                                              • Market Forecast

                                                                                                                                • Key point
                                                                                                                                  • Market overview
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 88: Forecast civil engineering construction output in Great Britain, 2014-18
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 89: Forecast civil engineering construction output in Great Britain, 2014-18
                                                                                                                                  • The National Infrastructure Plan
                                                                                                                                    • Increased private sector investment in Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                      • Water and sewerage sector forecast
                                                                                                                                        • Key points
                                                                                                                                          • Capital expenditure
                                                                                                                                              • Figure 90: Proposed total expenditure for AMP6 in England & Wales, by water & sewerage company, 2015/16-2019/20
                                                                                                                                              • Figure 91: Proposed total expenditure on water and sewerage services in England & Wales during AMP6, 2015/16-2019/20
                                                                                                                                            • Thames Tideway Tunnel
                                                                                                                                              • Water Industry Development
                                                                                                                                                • Figure 92: Forecast civil engineering output for the water sector, 2014-18
                                                                                                                                              • Sewerage Industry Development
                                                                                                                                                • Figure 93: Forecast civil engineering output for the sewerage sector, 2014-18
                                                                                                                                              • Electricity sector forecast
                                                                                                                                                • Key points
                                                                                                                                                  • Electricity distribution capital expenditure
                                                                                                                                                      • Figure 94: Proposed total expenditure for RIIO-ED1 in Great Britain, by company, 2015/16-2022/23
                                                                                                                                                      • Figure 95: Forecast network investment of the electricity distribution network operators in Great Britain, by company, 2015/162022/23
                                                                                                                                                      • Figure 96: Renewable electricity generation capacity awaiting/under construction, as of April 2014
                                                                                                                                                      • Figure 97: Forecast power generation installed capacity under “slow progression” scenario, by source, 2013-35
                                                                                                                                                      • Figure 98: Forecast power generation installed capacity under “gone green” scenario, by source, 2013-35
                                                                                                                                                    • Increased interconnectivity between European Countries
                                                                                                                                                      • Figure 99: Existing and planned interconnectors, as of November 2013
                                                                                                                                                    • Electricity civil engineering construction forecast
                                                                                                                                                      • Figure 100: Forecast civil engineering output for the electricity sector, 2014-18
                                                                                                                                                      • Figure 101: Forecast civil engineering output for the electricity sector, 2014-18
                                                                                                                                                    • Gas sector forecast
                                                                                                                                                      • Key point
                                                                                                                                                        • UK gas supply
                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 102: Existing UK gas import infrastructure, as of November 2013
                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 103: Proposed UK import projects, as of November 2013
                                                                                                                                                          • Gas distribution & transmission capital expenditure
                                                                                                                                                              • Figure 104: Capital expenditure plans by national grid gas under RIIO-T1, by category, 2014-21
                                                                                                                                                              • Figure 105: Controllable cost allowances for gas distribution companies under (RIIO-GD1), 2014-21
                                                                                                                                                            • Civil engineering construction output forecast
                                                                                                                                                              • Figure 106: Forecast civil engineering construction output for the gas sector, 2014-18
                                                                                                                                                            • Airports sector forecast
                                                                                                                                                              • Key points
                                                                                                                                                                • Industry development
                                                                                                                                                                    • Figure 107: Forecast civil engineering output for the airport transport sector, 2014-18
                                                                                                                                                                  • Communications sector forecast
                                                                                                                                                                    • Key points
                                                                                                                                                                      • Figure 108: Forecast civil engineering output for the communications sector, 2014-18
                                                                                                                                                                    • Railways sector forecast
                                                                                                                                                                      • Key points
                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 109: Rail infrastructure projects pipeline, as of December 2013
                                                                                                                                                                        • High speed rail network (HS2)
                                                                                                                                                                          • Maintenance expenditure in CP5
                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 110: Forecast rail maintenance expenditure for CP5, 2014/15-2018/19
                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 111: Forecast rail maintenance expenditure for CP5, by Activity, 2013/14-2018/19
                                                                                                                                                                          • Capital expenditure in CP5
                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 112: Forecast capital expenditure for CP5, by type, 2014/15-2018/19
                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 113: Forecast capital expenditure for CP5, by type, 2014/15-2018/19
                                                                                                                                                                          • Renewals expenditure in CP5
                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 114: Forecast rail renewals expenditure for CP5, by activity, 2013/14-2018/19
                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 115: Forecast rail track renewal activity for CP5, by activity, 2014/15-2018/19 and CP5 total
                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 116: Forecast rail structures renewal for CP5, by activity, 2014/15-2018/19
                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 117: Forecast rail electrification & plant renewal for CP5, by activity, 2014/15-2018/19
                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 118: Forecast building renewal for CP5, by activity, 2014/15-2018/19
                                                                                                                                                                          • Enhancements expenditure in CP5
                                                                                                                                                                              • Figure 119: Cost of enhancement projects during CP5
                                                                                                                                                                            • Crossrail
                                                                                                                                                                              • Thameslink Programme
                                                                                                                                                                                • Electrification schemes
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Other committed schemes
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Other named schemes and CP4 rollover schemes
                                                                                                                                                                                      • HLOS capacity metric schemes
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Borders
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Other Scottish projects
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 120: Forecast civil engineering construction output for the rail sector, 2014-18
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Harbours sector forecast
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Key point
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Figure 121: Forecast civil engineering construction output for the harbours sector, 2014-18
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Roads sector forecast
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Key points
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Figure 122: Forecast civil engineering construction output for the roads sector, 2014-18
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Figure 123: Forecast civil engineering construction output for the roads sector, 2014-18
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Further Sources and Contacts

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