November 20, 2012 8:50 pm

Industry views

Paul Sheffield, chief executive, Kier

“Infrastructure projects generate significant blue-collar employment opportunities and life skills training for people. The nation needs to replace much of its crumbling infrastructure such as schools, hospitals, housing and power stations. Investing now while skills are available and project pricing is as low as it has been for over a decade will help to solve our social needs.”

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David Hill, vice-president for Emea, Spirent Communications

“The UK has been slow to change and embrace new technologies, particularly virtualisation and cloud computing. Longer-term savings in efficiency and power are being overlooked due to concerns associated with initial capital expenditure costs, security issues, and a lack of understanding. More avant-garde corporations reap the benefits of early change to next-generation technologies.”

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Alan Hearne, chief executive, RPS Group

“To produce value-for-money schemes that help the UK economy expand faster we must build incrementally around the infrastructure we have: junction improvements, road widening and bypasses and a new runway at an existing airport. But most important of all is the need to define the policy necessary to bring forward the energy supply infrastructure we desperately need.”

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David Tonkin, UK chief executive, Atkins

“Quick, reliable connections within and between cities and regions are vital for the UK’s economic growth, regeneration and future competitiveness. Investing in new and existing railway infrastructure is fundamental to this. Committing now to delivering a diverse mix of sustainable power generation, combining nuclear, renewables and gas, is crucial to meeting the country’s future energy needs.”

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Ian Tyler, chief executive, Balfour Beatty

“The government must start to provide clarity in infrastructure. This will help create a compelling reason for investors to recognise the value in infrastructure and provide funding. Although the government is aware it needs to take action, we must not become complacent. We must ensure investors recognise infrastructure is an increasingly attractive investment.”

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Chris Price, public sector director, Computacenter

“It is critical that the government continually invests in innovative technology to ensure that it enables ‘new ways of working’, and continues to drive improved efficiency and cost reduction. In addition, the increased adoption of small and medium-sized enterprises in the supply chain is helping generate valuable growth in organisations critical to the growth of the UK economy.”

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