“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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