The Routemap was initially developed in 2014 by the Government in collaboration with industry and academia, and has since been updated by the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) with the addition of two new modules – Asset Management and Risk Management.
The launch at ICE's Headquarters, One Great George Street, is a further demonstration of the importance that the Government places on their relationship with ICE, and follows March's National Infrastructure Delivery Plan (NIDP) launch, also held at ICE's HQ.
The NIDP outlines the evidence which the Infrastructure Cost Review found, that delivery failures in projects can often be traced back to how a project was initially set up. The Project Initiation Routemap addresses this by providing a framework for greater focus in the early stages of projects on how the strategic objectives are established and how the sponsors articulate these requirements to ensure they are set up to succeed.
Nick Baveystock, ICE's Director General encouraged major clients to use the framework and offer their feedback:
"In bringing together a broad collection of industry leaders from major UK clients and subject matter experts to develop these new modules on risk and asset management of major projects, decision makers will be able to ask better questions about them from the outset. I would encourage all major clients to use the framework and also to give us feedback so we can continue to improve it."
Writing for ICE's Infrastructure blog, he says that we are "living in a golden era for infrastructure delivery", with the adoption of a much more collaborative approach. He also believes that the UK is now seen as a country where projects are managed properly, but urges industry to make sure that it uses the tools and resources which the framework offers.
Over 20 major projects across the transport, water, flood defence and energy sectors have now undergone a Routemap assessment, helping to drive successful delivery, and interested clients can view a selection of case studies on the Government's website.
More information about the Routemap can be found on the ICE website – including an overview of the modules as part of our ongoing work to showcase industry best practice.
To find out more, or to provide feedback on the Routemap, please contact Hannah Vickers at firstname.lastname@example.org