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October 20, 2023

Contractors Rally Behind National Infrastructure Commission’s Call for a New Approach to Infrastructure Delivery

Contractors Rally Behind National Infrastructure Commission’s Call for a New Approach to Infrastructure Delivery


Contractors are voicing their support for the National Infrastructure Commission's (NIC) second national infrastructure assessment. The assessment advocates for a revolutionary shift in the way the country approaches the delivery of its national infrastructure. As the NIC emphasises the need for clear policy stability, pro-investment regulation, and an expedited planning system for major projects—particularly in the energy transmission sector—contractors are standing in solidarity to usher in a new era of efficiency and innovation.

The NIC's Vision for a New Approach

The second five-yearly independent assessment by the NIC calls for a fundamental change in the way the UK plans and executes its national infrastructure projects. At the heart of this vision is a call for clear policy stability, ensuring that the industry operates with a predictable regulatory framework that encourages long-term investment. Pro-investment regulation is also a key focus, creating an environment that facilitates and incentivises private and public investment in critical infrastructure.

Expedited Planning for Major Projects

One of the standout aspects of the NIC's call for a new approach is the urgency it places on speeding up the planning system for major projects. This is especially critical for energy transmission schemes, where delays can have far-reaching implications for the nation's energy security and transition to sustainable sources. Contractors recognise the importance of streamlining planning processes to foster quicker and more effective project execution.

Contractors' Support

Uniting for ChangeCivil engineering contractors are rallying behind the NIC's recommendations, seeing it as an opportunity to reshape the infrastructure landscape for the better. The call for a new approach aligns with contractors' aspirations for a more streamlined, predictable, and investment-friendly industry.

Benefits for the Industry:

  1. Policy Stability: Clear policy stability provides contractors with a roadmap for future projects, allowing for better planning and resource allocation. This stability is not only attractive to existing industry players but also encourages new entrants and investors.
  2. Pro-Investment Regulation: Creating a regulatory environment that supports and encourages investment is crucial for the growth and sustainability of the industry. Contractors welcome regulations that promote innovation, efficiency, and long-term partnerships.
  3. Speedier Planning Processes: Expedited planning for major projects, especially in the energy transmission sector, addresses a longstanding concern in the industry. Faster approvals mean quicker project implementation, contributing to national development goals and energy transition targets.


As contractors throw their support behind the NIC's call for a new approach to infrastructure delivery, the industry stands at a pivotal juncture. The envisioned changes promise a future marked by policy stability, pro-investment regulations, and faster project planning—a trifecta that has the potential to transform the landscape of national infrastructure projects. By working in tandem with the NIC's vision, contractors are not only advocating for their own interests but are actively contributing to a more resilient, efficient, and sustainable future for the UK's infrastructure.

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