Britpave: The British In-Situ Concrete Paving Association

Concrete welcome for infrastructure 'template for change'

Britpave, the transport infrastructure group, has welcomed the proposed development of a construction industry-led “template for change” that aims to reform the way that infrastructure in the UK is built and so increase the attractiveness of the sector to investors.

The template is being developed by Constructing Excellence, Pinsent Masons, KPMG, Turner & Townsend and Manchester Business School. It proposes to address government calls for 20 per cent efficiency saving and follows the group’s 2011 report ‘Infrastructure in the New Era’ which was supported by main infrastructure contractors, clients and government departments. A series of roundtable and consultation events will be carried out during the year with the final template expected to be launched at the end of the autumn.

An important focus will be on the adoption of a whole-life approach to infrastructure construction and operation. This, believes Britpave, makes concrete infrastructure solutions well suited to meeting the aspirations of the template.

“The long-term robustness and minimum maintenance requirements of concrete infrastructure solutions such as concrete road surfaces and barriers, rail slabtrack and airport aprons and runways makes a compelling argument for their use as part of whole-life approach”, said David Jones, Britpave Director. “Reduced, long-term whole-life costs will be attractive to investors wanting to maximise their return.”

Jones went on to highlight other template principles that concrete solutions can meet such as the ready availability of an efficient supply chain, potential for standardisation and lean construction. “The innovation and life-cycle benefits of concrete infrastructure solutions makes them well-placed to provide the construction, operation and maintenance efficiencies that will be expected by the proposed infrastructure template. Britpave and its members welcome the opportunity to work with clients and contractors to provide the next generation of UK infrastructure”.