Brimming with potential: Large-scale projects ensure a healthy revenue pipeline

Contractors in the Water Main, Sewer System and Related Project Construction industry build and maintain the infrastructure required by both water-only companies and water and sewerage companies. The amount that these companies spend on the industry's services is scrutinised by the Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat), which commissions Asset Management Plan (AMP) frameworks that operate on five-year cycles. Given the extent of the UK's existing water main and sewer system, and the necessity for an efficient network, contractors are often required to undertake renewal and upgrade works. However, the irregularity of new infrastructure construction can cause revenue to spike or trough, resulting in exceptional volatility in contractors' remuneration...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£3.2bn
Annual Growth 14-19
14.2%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
12,666
Businesses
412

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry has grown significantly as aresult of large-scale pre-emptive investment
  • The industry has had to rely on subcontractors and performance has been limited by a skills shortage
  • Longer-term investment plans are expected to stabilise revenue growth over the coming five years
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    All habitable properties in the United Kingdom require access to water and utilise sewerage systems. Consequently, operators in the downstream Water Collection, Treatment and Supply (IBISWorld report E36.000) and the Sewerage (IBISWorld report E37.000) industries represent a significant market for contractors in the Water Main, Sewer System and Related Project Construction industry. Given that trends in the rate of water and sewerage companies’ capital expenditure tend to fluctuate in line with five-year Asset Management Plan (AMP) investment cycles, as regulated by the Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat), industry operators’ remuneration can be exceptionally volatile. How...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Water Main, Sewer System & Related Project Construction Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Water Main, Sewer System & Related Project Construction Industry are

  • Ability to compete on tender
  • Must comply with government regulations
  • Having good working relationships with subcontracting building trade specialists
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Real gross fixed investment and Demand from sewerage in the Water Main, Sewer System & Related Project Construction industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Water Main, Sewer System & Related Project Construction Industry?

    The industry includes contractors that build distribution lines to transport fluids and construct the buildings and structures to support these systems. This includes the construction of long-distance and urban pipelines, water mains, sewer systems, irrigation systems and pumping stations.

    Industry Products
  • Water infrastructure construction
  • Sewerage infrastructure construction
  • Maintenance works
  • Industry Activities
  • Constructing long-distance and urban pipelines
  • Constructing water mains and lines
  • Constructing irrigation systems and canals
  • Constructing sewer systems and sewage disposal plants
  • Constructing pumping stations
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Real gross fixed investment
  • Demand from sewerage
  • Demand from water collection, treatment and supply
  • Number of households
  • Government capital expenditure
  • Construction materials price index

  • Current Performance
  • Asset management
  • Regional urbanisation
  • Sewerage overflow
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Regulatory environment
  • Investment cycle
  • Future AMPs
  • Table: Water Main, Sewer System & Related Project Construction Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Water Main, Sewer System & Related Project Construction Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Water Collection, Treatment & Supply
  • Sewerage

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Concrete Construction Product Manufacturing
  • Construction Supplies Wholesaling
  • Gravel, Sand & Clay Extraction
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
  • Pump Manufacturing
  • Ready-Mixed Concrete Manufacturing
  • Steel Tube, Pipe & Related Fitting Manufacturing
  • Tap & Valve Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Water infrastructure construction
  • Sewerage infrastructure construction
  • Maintenance works
  • Chart: Water Main, Sewer System & Related Project Construction Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Water and sewerage companies
  • Water-only companies
  • Property developers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Water Main, Sewer System & Related Project Construction Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitSubcontractor paymentsPurchasesWagesCapital costsOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Water Main, Sewer System & Related Project Construction

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Water Main, Sewer System & Related Project Construction Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Stantec Treatment Ltd, Clancy Docwra Ltd, Morgan Sindall Group plc,
  • Table: Stantec Treatment Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Clancy Docwra Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Morgan Sindall Group plc - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Water Main, Sewer System & Related Project Construction Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Water Main, Sewer System & Related Project Construction Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Asset Management Plan (Amp)
  • Plans that allocate how much funding water companies receive, approved by Ofwat. Each capital investment plan period lasts for five years.
  • Combined Sewer
  • A sewer that carries both rainwater and sewage.
  • Water Companies
  • Firms that either just provides its clients with access to water or provides both water and sewerage services.
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