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Sir John Armitt: Government needs to work with authorities to kick-start recovery

Olympic Delivery Authority chairman Sir John Armitt said the government needs to work with local authorities on kick-starting projects worth £1m to £15m to get the construction industry and economy back on track.

In an exclusive interview with Construction News, Sir John said: “The difficulty with the very large projects is that they won’t generate significant boots on the ground in the next four or five years. The challenge is for government and local authorities to work together to look at what can be done more in the £1m to £10m or £15m projects, whether it’s in local road networks, or facilities like schools or hospital,” he said.

“Those projects are the way to get the economy moving quickly whereas the big projects are the way you create a level of confidence for the future and create investment in the longer term.”

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