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Government Construction Strategy will be published in 2016

The government’s new construction strategy will not be published until the New Year, Construction News has learned.

It is understood that the Government Construction Strategy for 2015-20 will be published in 2016 to take into account the “recent changes in construction and infrastructure policy”.

The document will be published by the Cabinet Office, which declined to comment when contacted by Construction News.

One industry source said the Cabinet Office “was playing its cards close to its chest” on the strategy and added that it looked like “an internal Whitehall project”.

The government said the strategy was designed “to reduce waste, tackle bureaucracy and support economic growth through a more efficient construction industry”.

The governance structure which oversaw the 2010-15 strategy also covered elements of work led by Infrastructure UK.

Three weeks ago the government confirmed IUK and the Major Projects Authority will merge in the New Year to form the Infrastructure and Projects Authority.

As part of the merger, IUK chief executive Geoffrey Spence will step down from his role.

The body will operate from 1 January and be jointly accountable to the chancellor and Cabinet Office minister Matt Hancock.

In a further sign of the government’s increasing prioritisation of major infrastructure projects, it also recently launched the Treasury-based National Infrastructure Commission, which will initially focus on transport connectivity in the North as well as looking at upgrades to London’s transport network and Crossrail 2.

It is still unclear whether the commission will draw on the knowledge of previously established groups such as the National Infrastructure Plan Strategic Engagement Forum, which was created by former Liberal Democrat chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander in 2012.

NIPSEF was set up to bring together government and industry to help deliver infrastructure projects, but one source told Construction News that the future of the forum was currently “up in the air”.

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