In the two years after the 2012 London Olympics, the UK economy enjoyed a £14.2bn injection of sales and investment from trade and industry, with the economic impact estimated to reach £28-£41bn by 2020. Birmingham’s location at the heart of the country puts it in prime position to reap the benefits of a successful Games. However, the long-term impact can only be realised if Birmingham plans to prioritise activities that will realise legacy benefits from the very outset.
We can’t underestimate how much needs to be done in the run-up to 2022 but, with its regeneration plans and transport improvements, Birmingham is already well placed to deliver a successful event. The city now has the foundations on which to build a Commonwealth Games’ legacy that could benefit more people than ever before.
Arcadis is proud to be participating in a series of events around the country that capture the imagination of communities, boost local economies and improve quality of life for all. For the second year running Arcadis will take to the streets by running, cheering or volunteering in a number of regional runs, including in Birmingham, that all help to make Britain’s cities healthier, happier and more prosperous.
The ever-increasing need for scarce labour resources poses a real problem. However, the issue is about more than just volume. This is about finding the right people, in the right place, at the right time.
Without taking the Commonwealth Games in to consideration, the UK construction industry will need to build at a rate of over £95,000 every single minute for the next decade to come close to meeting national infrastructure ambitions. This will mean more than doubling the historic peak rate of delivery, and will require a major step- change in how we plan and deliver construction in the UK.
Birmingham is on the brink of a transport revolution. It is a city whose very identity has been shaped by the various modes of transport that have, throughout history, been designed to help people get into and around the region. From Spaghetti Junction to a canal-network that could rival Venice, and now more recently the expansion of Birmingham International Airport and the imminent arrival of HS2, Birmingham’s mobility network has long been evolving to meet the needs of its people. However, there is now an imminent deadline for major improvements that need to be part of the larger scheme.
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