Government unveils £191bn construction pipeline

22 Dec 14
A newly-published future spending plan has unveiled around £191bn worth of government investment in construction to 2020 and beyond.

Publishing the raw spending data, the government said it was providing businesses with up-to-date information in one place about future public sector business opportunities. The data will also enable government to secure deals that offer better value for the taxpayer by negotiating early with suppliers.

Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, said: ‘As part of this Government’s long-term economic plan we are publishing pipelines of future spending to help businesses across the country plan for and win contracts with government.

‘We are providing businesses with exactly what they are asking for - up-to-date information in one central place about future government opportunities. This is helping British businesses to grow and innovate, and providing maximum value for taxpayers.’

Some 19 UK ‘pipelines’ have revealed what the government is planning to buy and construct. They outline planned investment in areas from police and fire equipment to science, technology and research.

Among the specific projects identified for investment are: 

•The development of two Proton Beam Therapy centres at University College Hospital, London, and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Greater Manchester. Proton beam therapy is a type of radiotherapy which results in much less damage to surrounding tissue compared to conventional radiotherapy.

•A Priority School Building Programme - £2bn is to be invested in schools in need of repair.

•Clinical and medical life sciences - spending has increased by £4bn since December 2013 to £13bn on important tools such as MRI scanners and electrocardiographs (ECGs).


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