The Greater Manchester area is expected to see a huge increase in the demand for labour in the coming years, the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce has revealed exclusively to Construction News.
Speaking to the publication, the region will see a 200 per cent increase in the need for skills and labour, with £11 billion in new work coming to the market by 2017.
According to the Greater Manchester Construction Pipeline Analysis, as detailed on Construction News’ website, a total of almost £16 billion in investment will be ploughed into the city for new schemes and redevelopments.
Housing is the sector that will receive the most investment (£5.6 billion), with substantial amounts of money also set to be earned from work in the private commercial (£4.6 billion), infrastructure (£2.21 billion) and public non-residential areas too.
While the boost to the area is certainly a positive for the local economy, the report also revealed there could soon be a skills shortages in certain areas, with interior fit-out, steel erectors and building envelope specialists all set to be sought after.
Following this news, CareerStructure will take a look at some of the projects that have been awarded in the north-west city in recent weeks.
At the start of the month, a joint venture between Carillion and Morgan Sindall confirmed they had claimed a £100 million contract for the construction work on the A6 for the Manchester Airport Relief Road scheme.
Work could begin in October next year, if planning approval is confirmed for the 10km stretch. The relief road would bypass heavily-congested areas in Bramhall, Cheadle Hulme, Hazel Grove and Handforth.
Sue Derbyshire, leader of the Stockport Council, said the road will improve the economy and help to reduce congestion on local roads.
It has also been confirmed that the Highways Agency will be conducting a motorway project, for parts of the M60 and M62.
The scheme is intended to reduce congestion and journey times in the area, under the ‘smart motorways’ project. It is the first of its kind in the north-west and will be priced between £190 million and £267 million.
Work could begin as early as 2014, as long as statutory processes are completed. The finished project will include technology to monitor traffic levels and provide information to road users.
Senior project manager at the Highways Agency Jacqui Allen said: “More than 180,000 vehicles use the section of motorway between Junction 8 of the M60 and Junction 20 of the M62 every day, causing heavy congestion and unpredictable journey times.
“Converting the hard shoulder to an extra lane on the section of the M62 between Junctions 18 and 20 will also provide much-needed additional capacity, increasing the number of lanes on each side of the motorway from three to four,” she added.
Elsewhere, Deloitte Real Estate has applied for planning permission to construct a ten-storey office building in Spinningfields.
The scheme aims to accommodate businesses from the technology, media and telecoms sector.
Early plans suggest the lower floors of The Cotton Building, as it will be called, will include communal workspace, co-location facilities, a gym and wellbeing centre, cafe, bar and restaurants.
A series of building and service concierges will also be made available to provide essential support for start-ups, small businesses and established corporates.
Director in the planning team at Deloitte Real Estate John Cooper said: “[Developer] Allied London’s new building is an exciting concept that brings work and play together and is something that no one has developed in this city.
“Allied London is at an advantage as it has already developed the necessary infrastructure around the building and wider estate to support the new model,” he added.