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Hong Kong project chiefs to benefit from new leadership programme

23 September 2019

ICE recently partnered with Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, to deliver the Project 13 and NEC-related parts of the new Major Projects Leadership Programme.

Hong Kong project chiefs to benefit from new leadership programme

The Major Projects Leadership Programme (MPLP) has been launched by Hong Kong government officials in the UK.

Its aim is to upskill project delivery leaders at the Hong Kong Development Bureau (DEVB) with a more innovative mindset and high quality leadership skills so that they can improve the delivery capability and performance of public works projects.

The 12-month programme, developed by Saïd Business School University of Oxford, is the first to be delivered under the DEVB’s recently inaugurated Centre of Excellence for Major Project Leaders (CoE).

“It is a centre dedicated to ensuring that our public works projects are developed and delivered with world-class leadership and innovation. It is also designed to drive infrastructure direction and development deep into this 21st century of opportunity,” Paul Chan Mo-Po, Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong SAR Government, said at the launch of the CoE.

ICE supported the launch of the programme with sessions on Project 13 and NEC.

Spreading the key P13 messages

Simon Murray, P13 Strategic Advisor, delivered the session on Project 13. Facilitated by ICE, this is an industry-led response to infrastructure delivery models that fail not just clients and their suppliers, but also the operators and users of our infrastructure systems and networks.

The core message is that the transactional model for delivering major infrastructure projects and programmes is broken. It prevents efficient delivery, prohibits innovation and therefore fails to provide the high-performing infrastructure networks that businesses and the public require.

Project 13 seeks to develop a new business model – based on an enterprise, not on traditional transactional arrangements – to boost certainty and productivity in delivery, improve whole-life outcomes in operation and support a more sustainable, collaborative, innovative, highly-skilled industry.

The key principles of Project 13 echo the three pillars of Hong Kong’s Construction 2.0 - innovation, professionalisation and revitalisation.

Ross Hayes, NEC Tutor, introduced NEC. NEC is a suite of contracts used all over the world, including Hong Kong, that help apply good project management principles and practices and define legal relationships. NEC introduced its fourth edition, NEC4, in 2017.

Ross Hayes talks about the benefits of NEC4.
Ross Hayes talks about the benefits of NEC4.

Linking with the principles of Project 13, NEC4 now includes an Alliance Contract.

Alliancing is an exciting procurement direction for many clients, particularly when considering a highly complex project with an emerging scope. The potential benefit of using this contract includes a much deeper collaboration between all project partners, bound by common interests and reducing the potential for dispute.

Around 150 major project leaders will complete the MPLP under DEVB’s Centre of Excellence in the coming three years. The Hong Kong Government anticipates that the Centre will substantially benefit the implementation of public works projects.

The start of the course involves a short residential stay in the UK for course participants to learn about UK best practices.

  • Catherine Cole, ICE international director