As we enter the New Year thoughts are turning to the construction projects that will be kicking off in 2017. The UK Construction industry remains strong and stable with large contractors, SME builders, specialist contractors, civil engineers and product manufacturers all reported a rise in workloads.
Construction output is set to increase 13.2% by 2017, according to the latest forecasts from the Construction Products Association, which is good news for Construction Jobs throughout the UK, however the lack of skilled labour will become a more concerning factor
We’ve put together a list of the some of the most exciting UK construction projects to keep an eye on in 2017.
High Speed Two is the government’s key strategic investment in the national transport network over the medium to long term. It will transform the UK’s rail infrastructure, increasing capacity and connectivity. HS2 will link 8 of Britain’s 10 largest cities, serving one in five of the UK population; it will also be an engine for economic growth, generating jobs and helping to rebalance the economy between
The A14 is a vital link to the East of England and freight route to the Port of Felixstowe. This project will improve the stretch from Cambridge to Huntingdon. This is a significant project which will support regional connectivity, and is expected to drive growth. Major developments, such as the planned new 10,000 home village at Northstowe, the Alconbury Enterprise Zone, and expansion on the northern and eastern fringes of Cambridge, all depend on an improved A14.
The Project will see the Whitgift Centre demolished and replaced with 1.4 million sq ft of shopping space, leisure facilities and between 400 and 600 new homes, creating up to 5,000 new jobs.
Consists of 454 apartments in two 50-storey towers,124 apartments, 353,300 sq ft of offices, a 186-suite hotel, shops, a multi-screen cinema and a hostel.
A £75m hospital will be built next to the existing MRI (Manchester Royal Infirmary), and it’s set to include 30 consultation rooms, 60 patient bedrooms, 8 critical care beds, 6 operating theatres and a rehabilitation gym.
Manchester’s reputation for innovation also gets a welcome boost with a £60m Graphene Engineering Innovation Center set to be constructed. Contractors for this will be selected in March 2017.
Lastly, there’s the refurbishment and extension of the 55 Portland Street office building, which will be converted into a 14-storey office block, with a hotel and enormous casino onsite.
All three projects creating much needed Construction Jobs in Manchester