ICG and ICE launch Project 13 to improve the way infrastructure is delivered

Project 13, a new approach to delivering high performing infrastructure, is officially launched today by the Infrastructure Client Group (ICG) and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

Project 13, the industry-wide change programme will deliver better outcomes for the public and customers of infrastructure, a more highly skilled, innovative workforce and lead to a more sustainable, productive construction industry.

Four organisations have also been announced as Early Adopters of Project 13. These organisations will form a Project 13 Implementation group to share experiences and learnings of the new principles.

The Early Adopters are Anglian Water’s Capital Delivery Alliances, the Environment Agency’s Next Generation Supplier Arrangements, Heathrow’s expansion, and National Grid’s London Power Tunnels project.

Speaking at the launch event at ICE headquarters in Westminster:

Robert Jenrick MP,  Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury  said:
"We are investing record amounts in infrastructure to help boost our national productivity and build an economy fit for the future. But we are clear that we need to get the most out of every penny of taxpayers' money we spend and the construction industry has to do more to close its own productivity gap if we are to succeed.

"We welcome this important industry response that will help drive improvements."

Dale Evans, Chair of the ICG and Director of @One Alliance said:
“We are pleased to be launching the implementation phase of Project 13. This project has bought together individuals and organisations from across the sector and within government to think seriously about how we can better provide infrastructure for the future.

“We hope that industry will embrace this approach so we can begin working towards a more sustainable and productive future for our sector.”

Nick Baveystock, ICE Director General said:
“The launch of Project 13 is the chance for industry and government to change how we deliver our infrastructure. Developed between industry, clients and government over a number of years, Project 13 places customers at the heart of our national infrastructure programme, focusing on the social and economic value infrastructure can provide over the long-term.

“We look to government to continue to support a solution developed by and with the industry with all the potential benefits for the public and the taxpayer. This is a win-win. We should just ask ourselves why we wouldn’t want to use Project 13 principles to deliver better value.”

Project 13 is sponsored by the ICG with support from ICE, and is aligned with current UK government and industry initiatives to improve infrastructure performance.

The Project 13 website provides organisations with the tools and training to adopt this new business model. These include the Commercial Handbook and Project 13 Blueprint which provide detailed guidance to help businesses shift their thinking and commercial strategies.

More information about the Early Adopters

Anglian Water: Capital Delivery Alliances
Anglian Water is planning further development of its alliance approach in preparation for Asset Management Period 7 (AMP7) (2020 to 2025). This will include further integration of partners through aligned and incentivised relationships and a digital transformation strategy at the centre of the alliance change programme. The alliances collectively deliver an annual programme of circa £500m on new and refurbished infrastructure.

Environment Agency: Next Generation Supplier Arrangements
The Next Generation Supplier Arrangements (NGSA) is a change in how the Environment Agency (EA) will select its next suppliers. The NGSA will help plan, construct and maintain flood defences. It will make the best use of innovative commercial arrangements to achieve improvements in sustainability, value for money and outcome delivery.  The new arrangements will focus on greater collaboration between the EA and its future delivery partners.  Through NGSA, we want to create a better place for people and wildlife, enhancing the environment and better protecting communities, through greater collaboration with other risk management authorities, such as local councils, and our delivery partners.

Heathrow Airport: Expansion, Third Runway and Associated Infrastructure Programme
This includes enabling works including moving and lowering the M25 and diverting local roads and rivers. The works will also build a new runway, and increase terminal capacity with associated baggage systems, airfield and landside facilities.

National Grid: London Power Tunnels
The London Power Tunnels (LPT2) is the second phase of National Grid’s megaproject to rewire London for the 21st century and beyond. It will replace the existing direct buried cable circuits in South London, from Wimbledon to New Cross and then onto Hurst. The 32km of tunnels, crossing seven London boroughs, will be engineered to have a design life of at least 130 years, cost £750M and result in significantly less disruption during construction than direct burying cables.

Learn more about Project 13 at: http://www.p13.org.uk