Government teams up with Barbour ABI to improve construction and infrastructure pipeline

Top Quote Following a competitive tender process, Barbour ABI is pleased to announce that we have won the contract to collect, collate and publish the Government construction and infrastructure pipeline. Building on previous publications of the pipeline, we will help implement the Government's policy to improve the visibility of its forward work plans for the benefit of the construction supply chain. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 20, 2012 - By telling construction companies about upcoming future public sector contracts, this pipeline allows them to identify short-term contract opportunities and gives them the confidence to make investments in new skills, services and products.

    As the construction and infrastructure pipeline expands, we will be able to provide companies with a more detailed breakdown of upcoming work packages. This is good news for everyone, especially small and medium sized enterprises, who will have an early view of public sector contracts that they may be interested in. We are also committed to making the data more user friendly, and promoting the pipeline's benefits more widely across the construction sector.

    Paul Morrell, Government Chief Construction Adviser, said:
    "This announcement is great news for everyone who uses the pipeline, and especially SMEs. By joining forces with experts in the field of handling and publishing construction data, we hope that accessing the pipeline can be made increasingly user-friendly. What's more, we now expect to see users provided with a more detailed breakdown of upcoming work on the pipeline. This will particularly benefit SMEs working deeper in the supply chain who lack the resources to search for this information individually."

    "I look forward to seeing the pipeline, already worth around 40 billion with more than 600 future potential projects and programmes, go from strength to strength under this new partnership."

    Barbour ABI, part of UBM Built Environment, was awarded the contract, following a formal tender process, because of their proven data collection processes and their existing knowledge in researching and tracking construction projects.

    Adrian Barrick, CEO of UBM Built Environment, said:
    "I am enormously enthusiastic about the opportunity that this provides to assist the UK's largest construction client in meeting its objectives and helping suppliers, especially SMEs. Delivery of the publicly funded construction and infrastructure pipeline to the widest possible audience will help to reform the way the Government procures construction across all sectors and to fulfil the commitments made in the Plan for Growth at Budget 2011."

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