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As announced in September 2012, the government has teamed up with Building’s sister company Barbour ABI to collect, collate and publish the government construction and infrastructure pipeline. 

Building on previous publications of the pipeline, it will help implement the government’s policy to improve the visibility of its forward work plans for the benefit of the construction supply chain and investors. 

By telling construction companies about upcoming future public sector contracts, the pipeline allows them to identify short-term contract opportunities and gives them the confidence to invest in new skills, services and products. As the construction and infrastructure pipeline expands, it will provide companies with a more detailed breakdown of upcoming work packages. This is good news for everyone, especially SMEs, who will have an early view of public sector contracts that they may be interested in.

This announcement is great news for everyone who uses the pipeline, and especially SMEs. By joining forces with experts in the field of handling and publishing construction data, we hope that accessing the pipeline can be made increasingly user-friendly. What’s more, we now expect to see users provided with a more detailed breakdown of upcoming work on the pipeline. This will particularly benefit SMEs working deeper in the supply chain who lack the resources to search for this information individually.

I look forward to seeing the pipeline, already worth around £40bn with more than 600 future potential projects and programmes, go from strength to strength under this new partnership.

Paul Morrell, government chief construction adviser

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Public sector cuts limit contract awards growth

21 November 2012 | By Noble Francis

Marginally more contracts were awarded in October than September – up 1% to 112.

Yet, contract awards remain relatively subdued – and the long lead time in some sectors means it could be a while, well into 2013, before we see output following suit and falling away.

Looking across the sectors, it’s a mixed picture, with the indices for public housing and public health falling in October – by 12% and 19%, respectively – because of public sector cuts. However, this was offset in October by contract awards in some private construction sectors.

Private housing contracts were 5% lower than in September, but still considerably higher than a year ago owing to work by major housebuilders. Commercial and industrial awards also rose considerably, yet were lower than a year ago and remain at historic lows so it is unlikely that we will see substantial growth soon.

League table methodology

The league tables are compiled using Barbour ABI data on contracts awarded and a survey of over 100 of the largest contractors. The project values for architect and QS league tables is based on Barbour ABI contract data. The figures include contracts worth £100k or more, and all work awarded by negotiation or competitive tender unless stated.


This information is compiled be Barbour ABI. To contact, call 0151-3533 500, email info@barbourabi.com or visit barbour-abi.com

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