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Summer 2014

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Education Pg 8-11 Health Pg 12-14 Social Housing Pg 15-17 Urban Regeneration Pg 18-19 TRANSPORT PROJECTS DOMINATE CONSTRUCTION PIPELINE Summer 2014 n News n Education n Health n Social Housing n Urban Regeneration Public Sector building specification READER ENQUIRY 1 The UK Government's Construction Pipeline is dominated by transport projects with a projected spend of £66.2bn. This accounts for over half of the total pipeline value, according to analysis published by KPMG. The report, UK Government Construction Pipeline - KPMG Analysis, looks at the £116bn forecast spend by central and local government across 1,886 projects in three spend periods: 2014-16, 2016-20, and 2020 and beyond. The pipeline reveals transport account for 57 per cent of the total pipeline value. This includes the cost of HS2 Phase 1 and Highways Agency schemes. Energy projects are the second largest category by value, £14.8bn, nearly 13 per cent of the total pipeline value. The value is less than what might be expected as most energy projects in the UK are procured by the private sector, not directly by the UK Government, and consequently do not appear in the pipeline. The highest numbers of projects are in the defence, justice and police sectors. These make up 70 per cent of the pipeline by number, yet contribute to only seven per cent of total pipeline value. Forty per cent of the projects are stated as due to complete before 2016, but these projects represent only 7 per cent of the total allocated pipeline value. Just under a fifth are due to complete after 2016 whilst a third of projects currently have no specified completion date. Richard Threlfall, KPMG's UK Head of Infrastructure, Building and Construction said: "The total number of schemes is over 1,800, but in practice most of those schemes are individually of small value. "It is concerning that a third of the total projects currently have no specified completion date as industry confidence in the pipeline would be improved if there was certainty around timescales to get schemes delivered. "We welcome the Government's initiative in developing the Construction Pipeline, but more needs to be done to increase the completeness and robustness of the data. "We will be issuing analysis on future updates to the Pipeline and we hope that there will be improvements in the data set so it becomes a reliable planning tool against which the UK construction industry can plan and invest with confidence." The social housing sector continues to demonstrate its financial stability, and has access to sufficient finance, according to the latest quarterly survey published by the Homes and Communities Agency. Overall the sector is in a strong position in relation to its future financing needs with £13bn of undrawn borrowing facilities and £4bn held in cash. SOCIAL HOUSING IN GOOD HEALTH Lake Meadows in the heart of Billericay, Essex, has been receiving much public praise for a flower meadow sown with a Euroflor seed mix. The flourishing Friends of Lake Meadows group of volunteers and supporters work together with Basildon Council to maintain and develop the park. PARK'S DISPLAY WINS PRAISE Seeds, planting advice and expertise were provided by Rigby Taylor using a mix called 'Sarah Bouquet' which provides height, colour and a prolonged flowering period. Around 50 annual flowers are included in the Sarah Bouquet mix which is sown in March and flowers from May through to the first frosts of October or November. Eric Pickles has announced the first wave of projects to benefit from a £1 billion scheme that will unlock or accelerate the provision of over 200,000 new homes across the country. The Communities Secretary published a shortlist of 36 large-scale housing projects in line to receive a share of £850 million of funding to get work going onsite and housebuilding started. GOVERNMENT'S £1BN PROGRAMME TO UNLOCK 200,000 HOMES Mr Pickles said these projects were critical in getting Britain building, maintaining momentum that has already led to the highest levels of housebuilding since 2007. The £850 million of funding for shortlisted projects announced today forms part of the government's £1 billion, five-year large sites infrastructure programme, and will be used to build the infrastructure needed to provide schemes of at least 1,500 homes. The money will go towards the building of road improvement, schools and parks to support the extra homes being planned. 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