UK healthcare construction market worth £3.2bn over next five years

Government unveils latest National Infrastructure Pipeline, with good news for the healthcare sector

The forecast is gloomy for the healthcare construction industry as opportunities dry up

The Government has unveiled its latest construction forecast, with more than £383billion to be invested in UK infrastructure over the next five years, with the healthcare sector expected to benefit to the tune of nearly £3.2billion.

Whitehall chiefs have published their updated National Infrastructure Pipeline, which shows that planned infrastructure investment has now increased up to 2020 and beyond.

Published in an online portal, the forecast is designed to increase the visibility of future infrastructure investment in both the public and private sectors.

With the pipeline representing more than £380billion of planned infrastructure investment over the coming years, the construction industry will receive a much-needed boost just as the latest output and new contract figures seem to indicate that the high rate of growth is slowing

In this latest edition, more than 100 healthcare projects are shown as being on site, nearing completion or due to begin.

Overall, the number of projects is 533, with £1.2billion being spent in the 2014/15 financial year and £1.06billion in 2015/16. Between 2016-2020 construction spend within the sector is expected to be around £1.4billion, while a further £4.36m is in the pipeline for 2020 and beyond.

Healthcare makes up quite a high proportion of the overall funding, with only the pipelines for flood defence work, housing and regeneration, and police force estate improvements worth more.

Following the publication, construction intelligence specialist, Barbour ABI, has converted the figures into a handy interactive map. Its lead economist, Michael Dall, told BBH: “This latest pipeline update will come as very positive news for the construction industry.

While there have been concerns recently that the industry is becoming too reliant on the housing sector, this pipeline will offer greater visibility and understanding of the potential opportunities

“With the pipeline representing more than £380billion of planned infrastructure investment over the coming years, the construction industry will receive a much-needed boost just as the latest output and new contract figures seem to indicate that the high rate of growth is slowing.

“While there have been concerns recently that the industry is becoming too reliant on the housing sector, this pipeline will offer greater visibility and understanding of the potential opportunities available in the infrastructure sector too.

Click here to see the forecast in full.

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