UK firms have been urged to pitch for work in Turkey, where construction is set to grow 8-10% a year for the next 10 years.

British Trade International, a group promoting UK industry abroad, says the Turkish government has set aside £37.4bn for 600 health projects and aims to invest £3bn on the electricity infrastructure every year for the next 20 years.

The BTI intends to launch a campaign to persuade firms to take up opportunities in Turkey.

Turkey also needs to build 450 000 housing units every year. Infrastructure schemes, including rail links, airports and highways, are planned. UK firms, including Hyder, WS Atkins, Balfour Beatty and Bovis Lend Lease, have already established themselves and the BTI's Turkey trade unit is offering construction companies grants to persuade them to exhibit at the Yapi Construction Trade Fair in Istanbul from 3-7 May.