The procurement pipeline includes over 340 procurement contracts across 269 projects, programmes and other investments. It also sets out a projection of infrastructure procurement over the next year of up to £37 billion.
The Pipeline will provide much needed confidence and certainty to the market during the COVID-19 pandemic – and as such is a key part of the CLC’s ‘Road to Recovery’ .
Andy Mitchell, Co-Chair of the CLC said:
“The Construction Sector is facing an unprecedented challenge as a result of COVID-19. As the largest single client of economic and social infrastructure, a strong and clear pipeline of work from Government is vital to generating confidence and certainty.
I am therefore delighted that the Government has today responded to one of the proposals in the CLC Industry Recovery Plan and look forward to working with Government to deliver these projects over the months and years to come”.
Iain McIlwee, CEO of the FIS responded. “Pipeline and confidence are key to a swift recovery in construction. For me though the benefit of publishing this is limited if it is not matched with a procurement drive that supports early supply chain engagement. We have to remember that the bulk of jobs are in the specialist fields and we need to extend this foresight into the supply chain to support real investment in skills and process improvement. Earlier engagement has the added benefit of ensuring specialist knowledge is available to iron out any design wrinkles and practical issues are addressed in planning rather than on site. Whilst more complex, it we need to try to find a similar process to monitor larger private investments and housing to ensure construction is optimised and ready to meet demand”.