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Bridge & Tunnel Construction in the UK: Market Research Report

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Bridge & Tunnel Construction Market Research Report | SIC F42.130 | May 2017

Spanning uncertainty: Revenue is expected to continue to grow, despite downstream concerns

The Bridge & Tunnel Construction market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Balfour Beatty Group Limited Balfour Beatty Group Limited market share
Costain Group plc Costain Group plc market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Annual Growth 18-23
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • A number of large-scale projects have resulted in steady revenue expansion in recent years
  • Several major tunnel infrastructure projects, such as the Lee Tunnel, supported recent growth
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Bridge and Tunnel Construction industry plays a vital role in ensuring road and rail networks reach every area of the United Kingdom and are maintained properly. The road system is predominantly funded by the public sector through Highways England and local authorities in England and comparable agencies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The UK rail infrastructure and network is mainly funded by public-private partnerships, notably Network Rail and Transport for London, so the contracts that industry operators work on are often funded by public bodies. Apart from transport infrastructure, contractors also work on projects for water and sewerage companies, energy companies, mining companies and commercial clients... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

The geographic spread of bridge and tunnel construction activity across the United Kingdom broadly corresponds with the national distribution of economic activity and population. There is currently a high concentration of industry activity in the South East and London regions, which are associated with the construction on the Lee Tunnel and the Crossrail projects and the recent start-up of the Thames Tideway Tunnel.


The London region accounts for 31.8% of industry establishments. Although the city is the most populous in the country, this number far outweighs the region’s share of the national population. Lon.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Bridge & Tunnel Construction Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Bridge & Tunnel Construction Industry are

  • Ability to compete on tender
  • Ensuring pricing policy is appropriate
  • Ability to effectively communicate and negotiate
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Government capital expenditure and Real gross fixed investment in the Bridge & Tunnel Construction industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Bridge & Tunnel Construction Industry?

    This industry covers contractors that construct bridges, tunnels and flyovers used in road and railway transport and for other applications such as water distribution. Repairs, additions and maintenance on existing infrastructure are also included. Portions of the work can be subcontracted out.

    Industry Products
    New bridge constructionNew tunnel constructionMaintenance and renovation of bridgesMaintenance and renovation of tunnels
    Industry Activities
    Road bridge and tunnel construction, repair and maintenanceRailway tunnel construction, repair and maintenancePedestrian bridge construction, repair and maintenanceConstruction, repair and maintenance of flyoversOther tunnel construction

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Government capital expenditure
  • Real gross fixed investment
  • Demand from road and motorway construction
  • Demand from railway and underground railway construction
  • Current Performance
  • Investment climate
  • Tunnel vision
  • Repairs and maintenance
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Ongoing investment
  • Landmarks ahead
  • Table: Bridge & Tunnel Construction Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Bridge & Tunnel Construction Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Intercity Passenger Rail Transport
  • Urban Passenger Rail Operations
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Concrete Construction Product Manufacturing
  • Construction Supplies Wholesaling
  • Mining, Construction & Civil Engineering Machinery Wholesaling
  • Ready-Mixed Concrete Manufacturing
  • Products & Services
  • New tunnel construction
  • Maintenance and renovation of bridges
  • Maintenance and renovation of tunnels
  • New bridge construction
  • Chart: Bridge & Tunnel Construction Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Rail transport authorities
  • Road transport authorities
  • Water and sewerage companies
  • Private companies under PFIs
  • Other markets
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Bridge & Tunnel Construction Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Subcontracted labour
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Bridge & Tunnel Construction
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Bridge & Tunnel Construction Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Balfour Beatty Group Limited
    Costain Ltd
  • Table: Balfour Beatty Group Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Costain Ltd - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Bridge & Tunnel Construction Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Bridge & Tunnel Construction Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Design, Build, Finance, Operate (Dbfo) Contract
  • A contract is one that lasts up to 30 years and focuses on the provision of a service rather than just the construction of an asset. It includes a maintenance contract.
  • Flyover
  • A bridge, road or railway that crosses over another road or railway.
  • Shaft Sinking
  • A method of excavating a vertical or near-vertical tunnel from the top down, where there is initially no access to the bottom.
  • Trunk Road
  • A major road, typically connecting two or more cities, ports or airports, favoured for carrying long-distance and freight traffic.
  • Turnkey Contract
  • A contract where the developer has complete control over the construction process and only sells the project completed.

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