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Industrial Strategy – WSP’s response

27 November - Following the release of the Industrial Strategy white paper, the 7,150-strong engineering professional services consulting firm WSP responds:


Paul Tremble, Executive Director, Strategic Growth at WSP comments: “Government has clearly listened to industry in developing this strategy. Focusing on outcomes, and articulating the plan around the UK’s core strengths, its people, businesses and ideas to address the structural issues the country faces, especially in terms of infrastructure and skills is the right approach.

“We welcome the shift from championing individual technologies to embracing and incentivising whole systems approach, and WSP looks forward to contributing its expertise in this realm to drive this agenda forwards. The recognition that local industrial strategies and specific sector deals are essential components of a successful national plan for prosperity, while making the most of opportunities generated by the process of devolution is one we share with Government and we look forward to the details as plans develop.

“The Rebalancing Toolkit approach to investment in transport infrastructure in less productive parts of the UK is a laudable one, and we look forward to details on the methodology chosen. Beyond the recent focus on cities, it is also good to hear Government recognise the importance of towns and the key role of connectivity in ensuring they are not left behind. Our work on the Northern Powerhouse, and the Cambridge, Oxford Milton Keynes corridor is demonstrating the catalyst role better connectivity has for growth and productivity in local towns.

“Government’s decision to articulate the plan around the grand challenges of mobility, clean growth, an ageing society, and the data economy echoes WSP’s drive to design and deliver a built environment that is Future Ready, and we look forward to helping turn these challenges into national opportunities. WSP also welcomes the announcement of a Construction Sector Deal, and its focus on whole life value, skills and better procurement standards.

“We welcome the 60 mentions of the term ‘engineering’ in the White Paper, which demonstrates government’s recognition of their centrality to any attempt to build a Britain that is fit for the future. With productivity and growth forecasts down, this strategy is not a luxury, but a necessity, and we hope as much energy and enthusiasm is deployed to deliver it as has been used to develop it. WSP stands ready to help build a Future Ready Britain.”

Notes to editors

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WSP is one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. We are dedicated to our local communities and propelled by international brainpower. We are technical experts and strategic advisors including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, program and construction management professionals. We design lasting solutions in the Property & Buildings, Transportation & Infrastructure, Environment, Industry, Resources (including Mining and Oil & Gas) and Power & Energy sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services.

With 7,150 talented people in the UK and more than 42,000 globally, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for lifetimes to come. WSP has been involved in many high profile UK projects including the Shard, Crossrail, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Manchester Metrolink, M1 Smart Motorway, the re-development of London Bridge Station, and the London Olympic & Paralympic Route Network. www.wsp.com/uk



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