Essential Infrastructure 2018

Research issued: 08/07/2018

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Essential Infrastructure 2018

Our new report, 'Essential Infrastructure' examines the changing landscape of infrastructure delivery in the UK over the last 20 years.

The report has shone a light on the delivery of infrastructure projects across the UK since 1997. New data reveals that despite record investment in infrastructure, the construction supply chain has not seen an equivalent increase in activity.

Our Essential Infrastructure report reveals that UK construction output on infrastructure, which measures the value of construction activity on public and private infrastructure projects, has increased by just £6.4bn or £70 per person in real terms between 1997 and 2017.

The report analysed publicly available Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) construction output data, adjusted for inflation, over the past two decades. Construction output is a key measure of UK Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and shows the value of work being undertaken by construction companies.

To encourage the increased delivery of infrastructure in areas where output has been low in recent years we need to continue to drive forward the devolution agenda. We recently passed the 10 month countdown on Brexit negotiations and it is more vital than ever that Great Britain is able to demonstrate its economic strength, reverse the negative swing in Foreign Direct Investment and prove that, we have an infrastructure plan in place to keep UK Plc in business.

Mark Robinson, Scape Group chief executive

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