Manchester economy set for rapid growth as infrastructure improves

House building in Greater Manchester
New housing schemes could dominate local construction work.


A major North West powerhouse is preparing for huge investment as infrastructure improves.

The city area of Manchester had an economy worth £51bn in 2012, some £4bn more than the whole of Wales. But despite its scale, Manchester has had trouble growing to its full potential.

In early November it was announced Greater Manchester will appoint their first directly elected mayor, which is set to give the region’s infrastructure plans a new lease of life. It will also open up a £300m Housing Investment Fund, to help build 15,000 homes over a 10-year period in the area.

Part of the infrastructure improvement would involve extending the Metrolink line to Trafford Park, with two stations along the potential route planned to be just one mile from United Utilities’ Fraser Place site compound. Time-Lapse Systems are capturing the installation of new sewage works at the site.

Prestigious projects like the above will become commonplace across Manchester within the next few years. Contracts worth multi-millions are set to be awarded across the construction, demolition and infrastructure sectors, which in turn will help to kick-start Manchester’s growth as an economic and cultural hub.

Recording for United Utilities in Manchester
We already have cameras installed across the city.

Contractors will need to consider now the importance of these projects and how best to capture and monitor their work. Time-lapse photography can be a cost-effective way to easily manage workflow, thanks to remote camera systems.

Now is the time to research the benefits of utilising such a company.

Images captured are more than just an effective marketing tool. The photos are sent from the camera(s), via a secure mobile network, to a protected online portal. The viewer can be shared to stakeholders across the globe, keeping key players informed at every stage.

But, thanks to the rise in mobile apps, workers and site managers can also utilise the time-lapse camera, because they are able to view images on the go. The viewer is populated at 15-minute intervals, keeping up with construction work and showing the build gradually taking place.

They can also be utilised to monitor the arrival of materials, plants and even labour. This helps to make improvements or changes in real-time, and overall can be the difference between failing to deliver a project on time – or handing over in record time.

With many firms bound to vie for the biggest contracts in Greater Manchester, now is the time to ensure yours is in the best possible position to deliver the best rates and results. And time-lapse photography could become a major part of that.

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