The government’s National Infrastructure Delivery Plan combined with the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline brings together national, cross sector information on infrastructure and includes both public and private investment. Privately funded schemes such as energy, ports and waste will be guided by the market.

Since 2010, a total of 4,500 infrastructure projects and 158 high priority projects have been successfully completed.

The latest publication of the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline, released 6 December 2017, sees plans that could save the sector £15 billion each year.

The £597 billion pipeline can be simply broken down as follows (but is worth examining further).

Economic infrastructure: £215 billion

Private infrastructure: £161 billion

Social infrastructure: £117 billion

Utilities: £104 billion

The bulk of the investment sits in the energy, transport and utilities sectors, with the highest value projects being in electricity generation, high-speed rail and electricity transmission respectively.

The government believes the pipeline will drive innovation in the construction sector, specifically boosting efficiency and productivity in transportation, which brings us to the associated policy paper known as Transforming Infrastructure Performance. Fundamentally put, this is a long-term change programme, building on best practice and looking to increasing the use of modern techniques such as off-site manufacturing and construction.

Could the UK be looking at an Infrastructure Revolution?