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Improving major project delivery: Project Initiation Routemap

The Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) launches new content for the Project Initiation Routemap for improving the delivery of major projects.

The Project Initiation Routemap is a strategic tool that allows sponsors and clients to address the problems that commonly emerge at the beginning of major projects, setting themselves up to succeed.

It forms part of the government’s National Infrastructure Delivery Plan, which sets out how the government will deliver key projects and programmes over the next 5 years. Over 20 major projects, and programmes including Crossrail and Anglian Water’s Alliance Strategy, have undergone routemap assessments, helping to drive their successful delivery.

The launch includes two new modules on risk management and asset management, to complement the 5 existing modules. The risk management module will help project leaders identify and mitigate the factors that can prevent a project from meetings its objectives. The asset management module will help projects secure the best value for taxpayers and investors by ensuring they focus on managing assets across their whole lives.

Following the launch, the IPA will begin to broaden the scope of the routemap from economic infrastructure to include construction and transformation projects in the government’s Major Projects Portfolio.

At a launch event at the Institution of Civil Engineers, Tony Meggs, Chief Executive of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, said:

I’m delighted to launch this new content for the IPA’s Project Initiation Routemap. Studies have demonstrated that many problems encountered in the delivery of projects can be traced back to issues in the early stages of development. The routemap is a vital tool for setting up major projects to succeed and I look forward to applying it to the full range of projects in the government’s Major Projects Portfolio.

Nick Baveystock, Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Director General, said yesterday:

Today’s Project Initiation Routemap update will further strengthen UK clients’ capability to deliver infrastructure and construction projects to time, budget and specification. ICE is delighted to have supported the work of the Infrastructure Client Group. This is industry working together to solve our own issues. In bringing together a broad collection of industry leaders from major UK clients and subject matter experts to develop these new modules on risk and asset management of major projects, decision makers will be able to ask better questions about their from the outset. I would encourage all major clients to use the framework and also to give us feedback so we can continue to improve it.


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