“The recent reform of the Highways Agency, now known as Highways England, should give contractors the confidence they need to recruit and train skilled workers to deliver the growing number of transport projects over the coming years.”
– Claudia Preedy, B2B 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?
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 areas defined within this sector comprising both public and privately financed projects.
The sectors include the following:
- Water: The construction of reservoirs, purification plants, dams (except for hydro-electric schemes), aqueducts, wells, conduits, waterworks, pumping stations, water mains, hydraulic works, etc.
- Sewerage: Sewerage disposal works, the laying of sewers, and service drains.
- Electricity: 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: Gas works, the laying of gas mains, and gas storage facilities.
- Communications: Post offices, sorting offices, telephone exchanges, switching centres, cables etc..
- Air: Air terminals, runways, hangars, reception halls, radar installations, perimeter fencing etc, which are for use in connection with airfields.
- Railways: Permanent way, tunnels, bridges, cuttings, stations, engine sheds, etc, and electrification of both surface and underground railways
- Harbours (including waterways): 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: Roads, pavements, bridges, footpaths, lighting, tunnels, flyovers and fencing etc.
- Public Work: 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: 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 risk/gain. For example, in principle, all PFI contracts are considered private.