Construction and Infrastructure

Construction and Infrastructure

The construction and infrastructure is a sector where the United Kingdom has a proud tradition of capability.  We have world-class expertise in architecture, design and engineering, and UK companies are leading the way in sustainable construction solutions. It is also a sector with considerable growth opportunities, with the global construction market forecast to grow by over 70 per cent by 2025.

There is great optimism that the sector is set for a period of unprecedented opportunity on many levels including long-term programmes, increased employment, the implementation of new technologies and more efficient processes.  This is initially being driven by the demand for 250,000 new houses annually, with five major infrastructure programmes potentially running in parallel (HS2, Thames Tideway, Hinckley Point, Heathrow Third Runway and Crossrail2) that will be critical for improving the UK's economy across a multitude of sectors.  There is a strong desire with all of these projects to ensure innovative thinking is at the heart of all the design and delivery phases, to ensure the end products provide exceptional value for money.

How can the MTC help?

The MTC can act as a ‘broad church’ for the whole industry, bringing together leading academics, constructors and supply chain, developing a faster route for innovation adoption, providing an ecosystem for building confidence in new innovation and enabling their timely implementation and exploitation. A place where the construction industry can pool its knowledge, share its experiences and solve its problems.

The focus is around four key themes, digital, manufacturing, whole life performance and skills.

A significant opportunity is to work with our modelling teams to enhance build efficiencies of complex programmes.  Wide implementation of BIM technologies both domestically and abroad are expected to improve sector productivity and lower costs due to improved information flow and greater collaboration.

Construction robots are also set to be more commonplace in the industry over the next few years as a result of growing urbanisation, but still many construction firms remain reluctant to deploy them. The MTC is keen to work in this area as construction robots improve productivity, quality of end products, reduce manual operations - leading to less errors,  shortened construction time, reduced costs and increased safety in hazardous working environments.

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