The chief executive of the Infrastructure and Project Authority (IPA) has emphasised the importance of ICE’s work on Project 13 in delivering a more sustainable supply chain.
Tony Meggs talked about the industry-wide change programme during his keynote speech on the challenges facing the infrastructure sector in delivering projects, at an ICE London and South East Fellows event on Monday.
Project 13 was launched by ICE and the Infrastructure Client Group (ICG) to improve the way high-performing infrastructure is delivered and managed.
Mr Meggs spoke of benchmarking, alignment and integration, procurement, and technology as key areas of the IPA’s new productivity programme.
He said the industry faced challenges when projects were not delivered on time, and the knock-on effect of reputational risk that had on the whole infrastructure sector.
Capacity to deliver should also be taken into account, said Mr Meggs, adding that the importance of infrastructure performance shouldn’t be underestimated.
In addition, the event gave Fellows the chance to talk about having a more connected national infrastructure plan, and to discuss what more can be done to future-proof projects.
The event, sponsored by Pinsent Masons, also heard from Anne-Marie Friel, who spoke about the law firm’s work in bringing technology to the heart of infrastructure performance and capacity.