As a company AECOM is committed to helping the island of Ireland develop the foundations of future growth that will build an infrastructure legacy for the future.
As the island looks to develop its regions to facilitate population growth and spread the economic growth outside of the major city centres of Dublin and Belfast, we need to consider how to build self-sustaining regional hubs and consider what all their infrastructure requirements are, be that property, water, power, road, rail and – increasingly – broadband connectivity.
Following on from last year's ‘Taking the Long View’ of the construction industry, we have published our 2020 Ireland Review, which furthers the conversation on developing infrastructure to suit these future needs. The review was launched to key industry professionals at events in both Dublin and Belfast.
Several industry leaders collaborated with AECOM to producing a series of thought-provoking and informative articles for the publication:
- Helen Hughes from Transport Infrastructure Ireland discusses how we move the industry towards a circular approach to waste
- Paul Harper from Northern Ireland Water gives us his insights on how we can all benefit from using assets more efficiently
- Dublin Airport’s Vincent Harrison and Niall Gleeson of Irish Water discuss the impacts of transformative projects across the region
- Trevor Anderson from Belfast Harbour shares the benefits gained from becoming more digitally-enabled.
As part of the review, we also surveyed 250 construction professionals across the island of Ireland, along with 58 companies in the US, to gauge industry sentiment on key themes. The results reveal how climate implications and social value are making a greater impact on how businesses plan longer term, along with the rising acknowledgement of how vital good infrastructure is to economic and societal prosperity.
Headline findings from across the island include:
- 46 per cent of businesses think that the concept of social value is very important
- 45 per cent of construction professionals feel that lack of government planning is the main challenge facing companies trying to deliver large scale projects
- 33 per cent of construction professionals do not think that there is currently enough infrastructure in place to meet economic growth.
Finally, in our industry spotlight, the review takes stock of both Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland’s economic and construction performance in 2019 and what we can expect to see in 2020 and beyond.
Improving infrastructure cost estimate accuracy
How can machine learning lead to more precise cost estimates?How using machine learning and assembly tools can lead to more precise cost estimates, using fewer resources than traditional approaches.How using machine learning and assembly tools can lead to more precise cost estimates, using fewer resources than traditional approaches.
Imagining the underground: A blueprint for high-density cities
Planning for the next centuryHow Singapore is leading the way with its visionary planning and utilisation of the space beneath our feet.How Singapore is leading the way with its visionary planning and utilisation of the space beneath our feet.
Social impact: Building a better case for infrastructure Investment
Measuring social impactAs we look towards recovery, there’s a danger that economic concerns dominate infrastructure decisions. To support those most hurt by coronavirus, social impact should be a key driver for investment.As we look towards recovery, there’s a danger that economic concerns dominate infrastructure decisions. To support those most hurt by coronavirus, social impact should be a key driver for investment.