Established under ICE's guidance, the Group helps to support the implementation of the Government's Infrastructure Cost Review Report 2010. This highlighted the opportunity to improve the delivery of major infrastructure projects and make efficiency savings of at least 15 per cent by 2015.
The group addresses client organisation and supply chain issues. These are often barriers to innovation and sustainability of the supply chain and significant drivers for higher cost. So far, opportunities to reduce costs and deliver greater value have been identified. These include:
- improving the commissioning, procurement and delivery of projects
- more effective collaboration at all levels of the infrastructure supply chain
Meet the group
The Infrastructure Client Group is made up of experts from across a range of sectors, not of all of whom are ICE members. Find our more about the group chair and details of individual members.
What are we working on?
The group is a forum for driving client-led initiatives. It enables major infrastructure clients to share experience and develop guidance and best practice materials in order to improve delivery of UK infrastructure. Work is currently underway on:
- Effective project governance and stakeholder alignment
- Best Practice in Alliancing - the Alliancing Best practice in Infrastructure Delivery report was launched at the IUK Infrastructure Client Group Symposium in October 2014
- The Alliancing Code of Practice, with a step-by-step guidance and nine case studies, was launched in October 2015. There is a excel-based Alliancing self-assessment tool too, to identify areas that need improvement when conducting an Alliance, either before or during the Alliance.
- Supplier performance measurement
- Collaborative project teams - These collaboration products may have a different area of focus, but do set out a consistent set of collaborative principals, which the ICG endorse. They are equally useful for Alliancing and for wider collaboration. They are not sufficient, on their own, but are a good start. For more information on these, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Implementing Alliancing using NEC contracts: Clear guidance on how to use NEC3 contracts for alliance arrangements has been produced. Find out more and download the free guide.
For 2015, the Group will be working on a number of individual projects, split into 4 themes. These include:
Improved pipeline visibility and certainty:
- Project 1 - Published pipelines and work programmes
- Project 2 - Reducing the impacts of cyclicality and stop-start investment
Improving project initiation and procurement:
- Project 3 - Re-launch and implement the Project Initiation Routemap
- Project 4 - Procurement 'common principles' and new models
- Project 5 - Collaborative project teams. Outputs have included:
Whole life planning and cost control
- Project 6 – Incentivising whole life planning and delivery outcomes
- Project 7 - Managing risks and contingency
- Project 8 - Modelling and mitigating the risk of cost inflation
- Project 9 - Infrastructure carbon
- Carbon Reduction workshop – This was held in in March 2016 at Anglian Water, to share experience in delivering reduced-carbon reduced-cost infrastructure and provide feedback taking forward the principles of the Infrastructure Carbon Review.
- Project 10 - Standards and codes
Supply chain skills and construction delivery
- Project 11 - Modelling and mitigating supply chain 'pinchpoints'
- Project 12 - Supplier performance measurement
These were launched at an event in October 2014, attended by the Commercial Secretary Lord Deighton and chaired by Nick Baveystock, ICE Director General; read the event report. You can find out more about the Group's work by downloading the work programme.
IUK was responsible for the National Infrastructure Plan 2011 and the Infrastructure Cost Review 2010. The IUK Cost Review is a three year efficiency programme targeting a 15 to 20% reduction in the cost of infrastructure delivery in the UK. The latest update report was published in July 2014 and is available to download.
A sister group of the Infrastructure Client Group is addressing the issue of water investment cyclicality. In July 2012 they produced a report Smoothing investment cycles in the water sector.
Infrastructure UK and Ofwat wrote this study after conducting detailed interviews with three water companies; Anglian Water, Southern Water and United Utilities.
Work continues to develop and implement the recommendations set out in this report. It is estimated that the effect of cyclicality in water investment is between three and five per cent lower productivity.
The group's members include British Water, the Civil Engineering Contractors' Association, DEFRA, the Environmental Industries Association, ICE, Moody's Investors Service, SBWWI, UKWIR, Water Industry Form and Water UK.
Project Initiation Routemap
The Project Intitiation Routemap enables a client organisation to assess their delivery capability in relation to the complexity of their project or programme.
The Project Initiation Routemap is part of the suite of assessment tools that IUK put in place in 2014. It provides a coherent approach to assessing and building an effective delivery environment, combining best practice tools and case studies:
IUK has formed a Steering Group to support the development of the Project Intitiation Routemap and address issues during early adoption, with members including:
The University of Leeds, Crossrail, The National Audit Office, Transport for London, Anglian Water, Constructing Excellence, Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme (HMEP), Major Projects Authority, ICE and IUK Client Working Group.