Opportunities remains strong for civils contractors


Civil engineering is showing encouraging signs of growth in recent months.

railway line with green trees
by Richard Allan /  October 20, 2022

Commitment to infrastructure investment encourages new contracts in the civil engineering sector.

The government’s Growth Plan 2022 identified 138 infrastructure in areas such as;

  • Road and rail transport
  • Nuclear
  • Hydrogen
  • Carbon capture
  • Oil & gas
  • Offshore wind
  • Local growth
  • Digital

Conservative Party Conference two weeks ago confirmed that the government wants to accelerate these infrastructure projects. Two of the key projects are:

  1. £500 million A1 Morpeth to Ellingham trunk road.
  2. £507 million A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet dual carriageway west of Cambridge.
  3. £345 million A46 Newark Bypass for National Highways (Skanksa UK set to begin in autumn 2023)

HS2 is obviously the key carrier of civil works, but it is creating new infrastructure work beyond the line itself.  Darlington Railway Station is a primary example. Network Rail announced a £126m remodeling of the station with Wilmott Dixon being the main contractor appointed.

Utility sector is continuing the flow of renewable energy schemes for both the public and private sector. Significant schemes include;

  • £80 million Tudor Grange Low Energy Park.
  • £26 million Thorpe Bank Solar Farm.
  • A solar energy generation system for BP Renewable Energy Investments
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