Innovation in Project Management Award 2021

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We live and work in an ever-progressive world, which is why here at APM we value and encourage innovation in project management techniques and methods. We also recognise that new and exciting ideas for project management exist in every sector, for every type of project. That’s why for the first time in 2021 all entries, across every category, will be automatically considered for this award, given at the discretion of our awards judges and Awards Steering Group (ASG).  

In each existing entry, our judges will be looking for projects or programmes that demonstrate progressive, diverse and innovative approaches to project delivery, including techniques, processes or methods, that have directly contributed to successful project outcomes.  

Because all entries are automatically put forward for this award, there is no need to submit any additional material to ensure your entry is included. The judges will purely use stage one written submissions to choose their winner for this award, who will be announced on the night.  


PROJECT: Accelerating Innovation in the Rail industry 
ENTERED BY: PA Consulting and Network Rail

PA Consulting and Network Rail are revolutionising the railway through the delivery of the Accelerated Innovation  programme by employing agile ways of working and a bespoke delivery framework to test ideas from the front line, enabling the business to deliver benefits faster, progress ideas to a prototype concept in weeks rather than years. The programme is already delivering benefits, with an overall benefit: cost ratio (BCR) of 10.51 and the potential to deliver benefits in excess of £231m. The programme has proved that taking a disruptive approach can accelerate the delivery of innovation for an innovative future for Network Rail. 


PROJECT: Fukushima Reactor Investigation Project

Development of a novel, high technology solution to understand the nature of the damage caused during the earthquake and tsunami at Fukushima Daichi Reactor Unit 2 in 2011. The Primary Containment Vessel (PCV) Investigation (PCVI) project required the development of leading-edge technology using unique engineering solutions and employing a novel side entry method to access the PCV. The project management challenge was to accelerate this project, overcoming the most complex challenges, to meet the requirements of the Japanese government to speed up the remediation of the Fukushima site and allow residents to return to their homes and properties. 

Credited: Veolia Nuclear Solutions (UK) Limited


PROJECT: Aanchal Chaturvedi 
ENTERED BY: Turner & Townsend 

Aanchal is an inspiring project manager who most recently enabled the delivery of numerous workstreams for the Network Rail Werrington Grade Separation project including a UK-First - jacking of a 155m long 11,000-tonne curved concrete box underneath the East Coast Main Line, while maintaining an operational railway. She brings international engineering and project management experience and is known for her commitment to project outcomes, ability to work with senior leadership teams, her collaborative approach with supply chain and stakeholders, and her can-do attitude. She drives successful, timely and on-budget programme outcomes through leading by example and delivering exceptional technical performance. 


PROJECT: P2/Selfridges PMO   
ENTERED BY: P2 Consulting

P2 worked with Selfridges, to support the delivery of a customer transformation programme, known as the 2020 Programme. Investing in PMO was crucial to its success. Given the size and complexity of this change programme, Selfridges needed a partner aligned to its organisational culture to deliver this programme, which would be key in helping Selfridges achieve its strategic growth ambitions. The P2 / Selfridges PMO team met this challenge, and somewhat exceeded it, building a lasting PMO legacy for the business for future enterprise change initiatives. Together, Selfridges and P2 built the PMO of the future. 


PROJECT: Towns Fund Delivery Partner     

The Towns Fund Delivery Partner (TFDP) takes an innovative approach to support 101 towns across England to develop projects which will support sustainable economic growth, regeneration and recovery. Commissioned by Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the TFDP provides advice, support and best practice, connecting towns with experts across 28 specialisms to help them unlock more than £2bn in investment thus far. By working with towns, not for them, TFDP is building long-term capacity and capability as well as stronger networks across the country, delivering the Government’s levelling up agenda. 

Credited: Copper Consultancy, FutureGov, Grant Thornton, The Nichols Group, Savills 

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