There has been further evidence recently that the UK government is attempting to support a long term plan for increased infrastructure in the UK. Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has stated that spending on infrastructure within London needs to double every year until 2050. These plans are set out in ambitious plans to upgrade the capitals infrastructure named 'London Infrastructure Plan 2050'. The document states a predicted £1.3 Trillion investment in the capital over the next 35 years.
Among the work will be new educational projects and new private and social housing schemes to support the increasing population (an estimated 11 million people in the capital by 2050). Also included in the plan is major developments to London's transport network including a possible new airport in the Thames Estuary. Finally expect large amounts to be spent on major utility upgrades.
Some proof of the Governments support is a recently announced £200m public splash to speed up the development of new homes across the country, which councils will be able to bid for a share of.
The department of transport has also proposed extensions of Crossrail to Hertfordshire, improving journey time between London and the area by a predicted 16 minutes and to take pressure off the tubes busiest sections. It certainly looks like commercial and operational staff of all specialities will be in high demand in the area for the next generation at least. Any pre – graduates out there who are debating a profession should seriously consider qualifying for construction related professions such as Quantity Surveying, Project Management and Engineering.
London continues to be the busiest region in the UK for construction at the present time, but this isn’t to say construction is growing elsewhere in the UK. It has recently been announced that the HS2 hub is to be based in Birmingham, the UK’s second largest city which is also making a lot of noise at present. The project Headquarters will employ 1500 staff.. 11 new platforms in Euston will be built under the HS2’s proposals for the major project linking London to the West Midlands. On top of this, a £130m scheme has been given the go-ahead on the Midland Metro, taking the metro to Adderly Street.
Moving up the country, the North West is far from quiet in the way of construction spending. A major national main contractor has recently been awarded a contract worth £120m to build schools in the region. Talks of a HS3 are floating around currently and if this was to be announced it would be great news for the North West region. It looks like a similar story of there being jobs in the North of England for all construction specialities.
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