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"We are Building Britain"

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Leading firms across the UK celebrate the jobs and growth that construction work is bringing.

Britain’s leading construction firms have joined a digital celebration of the hundreds of infrastructure projects creating jobs and growth across the country.

Visit the We are #BuildingBritain Tumblr site to see some of the projects that are building Britain.

The Environment Agency’s construction of the £21.7 million Sandwich Tidal Defence Scheme in Kent started last year. Although not yet complete the scheme reduced the impact of the tidal surge that hit in December.

From bridges to flood defences, firms sent dozens of pictures of the schemes bringing huge benefits to the economy, with signs declaring “We are #BuildingBritain”.

The photos, featuring numerous hard hats and high viz jackets, were added to a dedicated blog page highlighting the great work taking place.

Infrastructure company Kier took dozens of photos of its staff working on big projects, including the £8 million Western Link road from Berryfields to Buckingham in the Midlands.

Kier builders are playing their part. Constructing more than 2km of carriageway and cycleways and a viaduct in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

In Hayle, Cornwall, 21 workers from Bowmer & Kirkland, the construction company working on the redevelopment of South Quay, held up signs to demonstrate their commitment to helping Build Britain.

Other firms which took part included Carillion, Balfour Beatty, Skanska, Atkins, Crossrail, Centria, Laing O’Rourke and Simons, while industry bodies, such as the Chartered Institute of Building, the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, also backed the scheme.

Emma Hatherley, health and safety coordinator, with Highways Agency contractor, Laing O’Rourke, at the West Leake Earthworks on the A453 widening scheme in Nottinghamshire. Work got underway in January 2013, and it is due to be completed in summer 2015.

The digital celebration coincided with the Prime Minister’s recent announcement that £36 billion worth of projects will begin this year, creating 15,000 jobs.

As part of this government’s long-term economic plan, more than 200 projects in rail, road, local transport, flood defences, broadband, airport infrastructure and waste management are due to start construction in 2014 to 2015.

Another 200 infrastructure projects are also due to be completed this year, including major roads such as the M6 J10A-13, Nottingham tram extension, Heathrow Terminal 2 upgrade and Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm, which is currently the largest in construction anywhere in Europe.