“The prospects for UK consulting engineers improved during 2013 and the market is set for sustained growth over the next five years. The more buoyant construction sector is expected to boost demand in the UK. Transport infrastructure and the energy sector will provide the strongest growth potential, making up the majority of projects in the government’s infrastructure plan."
– Claudia Preedy - Industrial Analyst
This report addresses the following key questions concerning the market for UK Consulting Engineers:
- How has the market for UK consulting engineers performed over the last five years?
- How strongly will the market develop over the next five years?
- What is the impact of the legislative/regulative environment on individual sectors?
- Which sectors will provide the strongest growth potential for consulting engineers over the next five years?
This report analyses the market for UK consulting engineers, incorporating work undertaken in both the UK and internationally. The market is analysed under a number of broad project subject headings, including:
- Buildings: defined as commercial buildings, housing, education and medical buildings, warehouses, hotels, public buildings, factories, manufacturing and process plant
- Transportation: including roads/road bridges, rail/rail bridges, transport planning, tunnelling, ports, harbours, airports and canals
- Water, sewerage and waste: defined as dams, reservoirs, water mains, water treatment, irrigation, pumping stations, desalination plant, sewers, sewerage treatment plant, pumping plant and incinerators, as well as the handling, treatment and removal of solid, liquid, chemical, toxic and nuclear waste
- Power: including power stations, hydro-electric dams, transmission lines and sub-stations
Other subject headings include geotechnics, facilities management, construction/project management, health and safety, defence, telecommunications, flooding and coastal work, and environment.
For the purposes of this report, the role of the consulting engineer is defined as the provision of services by people qualified to practice in one or more of the various branches of engineering. Consulting engineers are typically concerned with advising clients on engineering matters, or designing or supervising the construction of engineering works. Income is derived both from the UK and from international projects.
While there are a variety of procurement routes including design and build in the construction sector, for the purposes of this report, the utilisation of the term design and build refers to all basic procurement routes where contractors take ultimate responsibility for the design and construction of projects. Consulting engineers may be employed by the contractor for the design of the project, and in some instances, as project managers.
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