Procurement pipeline released to support Covid-hit industry

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
22 June 2020

The UK government has published a pipeline of infrastructure projects due to be procured in 2020-21 to help industry recover from the impact of Covid-19.

The list from the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) includes 340 procurements worth up to £37bn across more than 260 projects and programmes.

The biggest area of spend will be transport (maximum estimated contract value £20.7bn), followed by social infrastructure (£5.3bn), defence (£5.1bn) and utilities (£4.7bn).

Flood defences are due to get contracts worth £1bn, with energy getting £397.5m, science and research £169.2m, communications £74.8m and waste £13.8m.

The IPA said the procurement pipeline “brings together the details of planned procurements for the 2020-21 financial year to provide visibility across all sectors.

“This will help industry to make informed decisions as it recovers from the impact of Covid-19.”

Among the schemes included in the pipeline is the Lower Thames Crossing, the refurbishment of the National Portrait Gallery and the design and build of the HS2 Curzon Street station in Birmingham.

Nick Smallwood, chief executive of the IPA, said: “Government is committed to working collaboratively with industry to ensure that it emerges from this crisis with the capability and capacity required to support the economic rebuilding that will be necessary.

“This collaboration has already been demonstrated in the initial response to Covid-19, which saw government and industry working together on a number of initiatives including issuing guidance on responsible and fair contractual behaviours.

“As we move into recovery and renewal, we must take forward this way of working if we are to be successful in our ambition to ensure the construction industry not just survives but thrives.”

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