Balfour Beatty released its paper, Infrastructure 2050: Future Infrastructure Need, which considers how infrastructure needs will change in key areas such as rail, roads and energy.
Drawing on the company’s significant experience and insight into the relationship between infrastructure investment and regeneration and economic growth, the paper also looks at the impact of factors such as demographic change, evolving public expectations and the need to decarbonise and adapt to a changing climate. It also covers upgrading ageing infrastructure and building new infrastructure to give the UK a competitive edge over other countries.
There are also a number of recommendations on how the UK can make the transition to autonomous vehicles, flood resistant infrastructure, a decarbonised energy market and develop the highly skilled workforce required to build and maintain our infrastructure. The opening section sets out initial thinking and recommendations about the outcome of the EU Referendum and the actions that can be taken to avoid or reduce any negative impact on the UK’s ability to deliver the needed improvements to our infrastructure.
The construction industry has a big challenge to ensure that the UK’s infrastructure continues to meet the growing and increasingly complex needs of a modern society. This papers sets out how industry, government and funders need to work together if they are going to meet this challenge.