Some £600bn of infrastructure investment is to be made over the next decade, according to a report by the British government.
The National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline report also anticipates that some part of the infrastructure projects will be delivered through the use of modern digital manufacturing techniques.
This includes the manufacturing of components in factories using the latest digital technology before being sent for assembly on construction sites. The government has committed to increasing use of these methods in public-funded projects.
The report states that applying modern manufacturing approaches to building projects can boost productivity and reduce waste by as much as 90%. For example, a school that typically takes a year to build could be completed in just over four months.
The exchequer secretary to the treasury, Robert Jenrick said: “We are committed to renewing our infrastructure to drive economic growth in all parts of the United Kingdom. Over the course of this Parliament, investment in economic infrastructure will reach the highest sustained levels in over 40 years.
“And as the pace of technological change accelerates, we are stepping up our commitment to digital infrastructure, use of data to drive greater productivity and embrace new methods of construction. With £600bn of investment over the next decade, including the largest ever investment in our strategic road network, we are taking the long term action required to raise productivity and ensure the economy is fit for the future.”