The government has announced the “highest sustained level” of infrastructure spending in 40 years as it outlined £600bn of projects for coming decade.
The updated pipeline, which covers projects such as roads, hospitals and schools up to 2028, includes the £28bn national roads fund, East West Rail, an upgrade to the M6 and the Hornsea Project One wind farm.
As part of its latest pipeline, the government said it had also committed to using modern methods of construction for public projects, including “using the latest digital technology before being sent for assembly on construction sites”.
The government is seeking views on how it can encourage greater use of such techniques in a bid to raise productivity levels in UK construction.
The exchequer secretary to the Treasury Robert Jenrick said: “We are committed to renewing our infrastructure to drive economic growth in all parts of the United Kingdom.
“Over the course of this parliament, investment in economic infrastructure will reach the highest sustained levels in over 40 years.
“And as the pace of technological change accelerates, we are stepping up our commitment to digital infrastructure, use of data to drive greater productivity and embrace new methods of construction.
“With £600bn of investment over the next decade, including the largest ever investment in our strategic road network, we are taking the long-term action required to raise productivity and ensure the economy is fit for the future.”
According to the government, using modern techniques has the potential to boost productivity and reduce waste by as much as 90 per cent.
As part of the pipeline, the government has proposed a preferred approach to building infrastructure – dubbed “a platform approach to design for manufacture and assembly”, or “P-DfMA”.
It described this as a modern method of construction that constitutes a specific form of design for manufacture and assembly.
These proposals are designed to help meet the government’s objectives as outlined in the industrial strategy, the sector deal and the Transforming Infrastructure Performance programme, including the presumption in favour of offsite construction announced in last year’s Budget.
The government added that this platform approach will see a set of digitally designed components used across public sector programmes wherever possible.
For example, a single component could be used as part of a school, hospital, prison building or train station.
Infrastructure and Projects Authority chief executive Tony Meggs said: “Government is the largest client for infrastructure projects so has an important role in using its purchasing power to drive improved productivity in their delivery.
“We recognise there is significant momentum within the sector to scale up the adoption of more modern and innovative practices and it is the role of the IPA to help coordinate this approach across new infrastructure projects.
“We would like to hear from a range of industry experts on government’s proposals for a P-DfMA.”