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The definitions used in this report for the civil engineering sector are those of the BERR 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.
Construction Infrastructure: Construction statistics have, since 2010 separated construction infrastructure from the construction-based component element. MBD has included these statistics since they represent a stronger analysis, but data prior to this are subject to considerable estimation.
Public Work: Comprises of 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 or organisation or for a private 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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