Construction

A new university, rapid population growth, half a billion pounds of city centre regeneration, and a strategic logistical base - Peterborough’s construction industry is booming.

A new university, rapid population growth, half a billion pounds of city centre regeneration, and a strategic logistical base - Peterborough’s construction industry is booming.

With one of the fastest growing populations and economies in the country, we’ve got a huge construction agendaPeterborough started as the home of the famous London Brick, still produced by Forterra in nearby Whittlesey, and construction remains one of our region’s vital sectors. A focus on integrated and SMART tech is also creating cross-sector opportunities to monitor performance, improve the efficiency of repairs and maintenance, and enhance sustainability.  

3,765

Construction companies in our area

8

city centre regeneration sites

14,000

Employees working in the sector

Peterborough is the UK HQ for the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), international engineering experts, Royal HaskoningDHV, modular house builder Lesko Modular, as well as international placemaker LDA Design, which has worked in China, Moscow, and Qatar, on top of  a plethora of UK cities. Mick George also has its HQ in our region and Skanska has been enhancing our highways.

We’ve got huge demand for housing and infrastructure and are home to a multitude of home builders, Weston Homes, LarkfleetPrincebuildand Persimon Homes who are investing millions into creating new properties for our rapidly growing population and burgeoning businesses. 

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We’re investing in the engineers of the future at the Greater Peterborough University Technical College (GPUTC) with a curriculum centred around STEM subject for students aged 14-19. Built environment programmes can also be accessed at iMET in Alconbury​.

The EDGE Partnership gives companies access to targeted recruitment, training and development services, and supports apprenticeship programmes. Businesses looking at long term talent pipeline and CSR are also working with The Skills Service, delivered by Opportunity Peterborough. The brokerage brings together employers and educators so the curriculum reflects industry skills needs, and provides students with meaningful employer engagement and hands-on work experience to raise aspirations and increase employability.

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Construction specialists are also collaborating through the Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce’s Construction Special Interest Group​, and make cross-sector connections through the Circular Peterborough programme to find productive uses for waste streams and source more local, sustainable materials.

As part of the Future Peterborough smart city programme, Skanska and Peterborough City Council trialled a ‘Dragon Patcher’ to repair potholes four times faster than normal and at 50% of the traditional cost.

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Opportunities in Peterborough 

A new university, a brand new gateway in the city for over 5 million rail passengers, premium commercial, residential and retail space – find out how you can be part of our city’s rapid growth. 

Discover our city centre regeneration plans

Next Steps...

To find out more about what Peterborough has to offer, talk to Opportunity Peterborough