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ICE launches State of the Nation 2022 report

18 October 2022

This year's theme is infrastructure productivity.

ICE launches State of the Nation 2022 report
Improving efficiency at the design stage can optimise the use of construction space. Image credit: Shutterstock

The ICE has today launched its State of the Nation report and an associated toolkit to help improve productivity throughout an infrastructure lifecycle.

What is State of the Nation?

ICE produces a State of the Nation (SoN) report each year, focusing on a timely topic that affects the UK's infrastructure and economy.

The report makes recommendations on how the sector can tackle the issue.

What is the topic of State of the Nation 2022?

This year's topic is improving infrastructure productivity, a key theme for ICE President Ed McCann's presidency.

The ICE believes that how infrastructure is delivered throughout its lifecycle will improve the sector’s productivity.

Through this State of the Nation report, which is backed by best-practice case studies, our aim is to show how infrastructure productivity can be transformed, while delivering carbon reduction goals.

To support this year's report, the ICE is also creating an accompanying online toolkit, Driving Productivity: Infrastructure Lifecycle Guidance.

The guidance provides detailed advice on actions that can be taken to improve productivity throughout the infrastructure lifecycle.

Who has contributed to State of the Nation and the toolkit?

The ICE has worked closely with a steering group led by the Productivity community advisory board (CAB), which is made up of experts across the built environment, to develop the report.

The Productivity CAB is co-chaired by Andy Alder, vice president of major programme and project delivery at Jacobs, and Darren James, chief executive of Keltbray.

The full list of CAB members can be found in the State of the Nation 2022 report.

Related resources

12 common causes of low productivity in construction

This ICE paper looks at causes of poor productivity in some of the UK’s largest recent construction programmes and shows how better procurement practices can address these.

Read the blog

blocks depicting the concept of procurement
Engineers involved in the procurement process are urged to use the guidance as a starting point. Image credit: Panchenko V/Shutterstock

7 lessons civil engineers can learn from Toyota’s manufacturing process

Andy Alder and Mark Worrall discuss processes employed at Toyota’s Deeside Engine Plant to increase productivity and eliminate waste, highlighting lessons for the construction industry.

Read the blog

Toyota Corolla
Increasing productivity and eliminating waste is critical for civil and infrastructure engineers.


These documents have shaped State of the Nation 2022.

State of the Nation 2022: final report

Content type: Final report

Last updated: October 2022

Authors: ICE knowledge team

State of the Nation 2022: call for evidence

Content type: Call for evidence

Last updated: June 2022

Authors: ICE knowledge team

State of the Nation 2022: working paper

Content type: Working paper

Last updated: June 2022

Authors: ICE knowledge team

Previous reports

State of the Nation 2021: 6 ways for civil engineers to act on climate change

Last year's State of the Nation report called on civil engineers to own their responsibility to reduce infrastructure’s carbon footprint and use their influence to bring about real change.

Read the full report

State of the Nation 2020: infrastructure and the 2050 net zero target

In 2020, the report set out recommendations for overcoming obstacles the Committee on Climate Change identified in its advice to the UK government on what's required to meet the net zero target.

Read the full report

State of the Nation 2019: connecting infrastructure with housing

In 2019, the report made 10 recommendations to bring about a reform to the way infrastructure is delivered with housing. 

Read the full report

State of the Nation 2018: infrastructure investment

In 2018, the report explored opportunities to improve the flow of investment and examined funding mechanisms to ensure that affordable infrastructure is viable long into the future. 

Read the full report

  • Anh Nguyen, digital content lead at ICE