By Daniel Hunter

Today (Monday) the Government has published for consultation a set of guidelines and tools to support public and private sector infrastructure providers’ capability to improve the delivery of large scale projects and programmes.

Developed by Infrastructure UK in collaboration with industry and academics from the University of Leeds, the ’Infrastructure Procurement Routemap: a guide to improving delivery capability’ provides a valuable guide for infrastructure clients.

It provides for the first time a coherent approach to assessing and building an effective delivery environment, combining best practice tools and case study examples such as Crossrail.

The launch of the toolkit forms part of the Government’s Cost Review programme, led by Infrastructure UK, which aims to improve delivery and make efficiency savings of at least 15 per cent by 2015.

The ‘Procurement Routemap’ recognises that while there is no “one size fits all” solution to the delivery of our infrastructure there are common characteristics for effective delivery that must be applied more consistently.

The toolkit has already been successfully piloted and shown to improve efficiency by providing a structured framework for project sponsors and clients to take a look at their capability and areas for improvement.

Lord Deighton, Commercial Secretary to the Treasury said: “I welcome the publication of the ‘Infrastructure Procurement Routemap’. This important work provides the private and public sector with the tools to assess capability at delivering complex infrastructure projects. Our goal is to ensure that programmes are delivered efficiently and represent the best value for money. This will also be reflected in my upcoming infrastructure delivery reviews.“

Don Ward, Chief Executive, Constructing Excellence said: “We are particularly pleased to be working with the Government and other industry partners to establish a legacy for some of the outputs of the Infrastructure Cost Review programme. Supporting the Routemap would be a natural extension of Constructing Excellence’s current role.”

Andy Mitchell, Programme Director, Crossrail said: “The Routemap enables sponsors and clients to understand the delivery environment they have, then create the one they need.”

Simon Kirby, Chair of the Client Working Group, said: “I welcome the involvement of clients and industry in the development of the Infrastructure Procurement Routemap. Focussing on matching capability with complexity and the enablers of successful delivery will significantly improve project outcomes. The Client Working Group looks forward to supporting the implementation of the Routemap and will continue to provide a forum for clients to share experiences and best practise to support successful infrastructure delivery in the UK”

The closing date for consultation draft toolkit is 22nd April 2013 after which responses will be reviewed in preparation for the release of an update of the toolkit in late spring 2013. The consultation will involve continued development with industry and the opportunity to participate in a series of regionally based roadshows. Further details will be advertised through trade press and industry representative bodies.

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