Programme of the Year Award 2021

The APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition defines a programme as a unique and transient strategic endeavor undertaken to achieve a beneficial change and incorporating a group of related projects and business-as-usual activities.”  

Our programme of the year award is presented to the team that has achieved excellence in delivery of a programme which has achieved successful outcomesSome or all of the benefits should be shown to have been achieved during the last year in order for the programme to be eligible for this award. 

We require entrants to these categories to produce a submission of up to 3,000 worddetailing how they have met the judging criteria for that category. Entrants may also submit up to four supporting images or graphics only (no text apart from captions). Video and audio is not accepted as part of the submission. 

The programme of the year category consists of two stages, the first stage is the written submission mentioned above and the second stage requires all finalists to present virtually to a panel of judges.  

Judges will award the team whose programme has demonstrated the most effective use of programme management techniques, achieved the greatest results, and provided evidence of innovation and lessons learned for the profession. Programmes from all sectors, and from across the globe, may apply. 

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Looking for inspiration? View our 2020 winner and finalists below


ENTERED BY: Jo Rowland

The COVID-19 Programme turned HMRC around on a sixpence and moved us from being tax gatherers into monetary supporters of employers, employees and the self-employed.

The job retention scheme (CJRS) has benefitted 1.1m employers and 9.1m jobs have been furloughed: we've paid out nearly £22bn. For the self-employment scheme (SEISS), 2.6m people have claimed grants worth £7.5bn. Statutory Sick Pay Provisions have supported 45,000 employers and 153,000 individuals with £23m.

We provided much needed help and funds to businesses and individuals in desperate need to ensure that the UK population and economy are better placed to weather the pandemic.



PROJECT: Arup: Keyn Glas - Highways England Environmental Designated Funds

Keyn Glas delivered environmental, social and cultural benefits across 50km² of Cornwall’s diverse landscape. The programme has proven the “art of the possible” for an organisation that would not normally undertake this type of work at such scale.

Innovation within the fabric of the programme demonstrated the relevance of programme and project management in a world where the challenges of climate change and the need for a more sustainable future meets the realities of achieving action. Delivering on others’ land, protecting the investment and nurturing environmental capital will only become more relevant to the profession, now and in the future.


PROJECT: McAdam Design: NI Water Base Maintenance Wastewater Treatment Works PC15 Capital Programme Delivery
ENTERED BY: Martin Murray

In 2014 McAdam Design were appointed by NI Water to deliver their PC15 Base Maintenance Wastewater Programme for the south and east regions of Northern Ireland: A 6-year programme of work (2015-2021) valued at £34m.

125 contracts, ranging in value from £50k to £2.6m, have been delivered on time and within budget in the period.

The Base Maintenance Wastewater Programme is an integral part of NI Water’s capital works programme to ensure compliance with discharge standards is maintained.


PROJECT: Sellafield Ltd: Beta/ Gamma Remediation Programme
ENTERED BY: Christopher Walton

One of the world’s largest environmental clean-ups has gathered significant pace, thanks to the Beta/Gamma Remediation Programme at Sellafield, the UK’s most complex nuclear site.
In the last year, the programme has removed one of the site’s ‘intolerable risks’ and its highest non-nuclear risk (Europe’s largest asbestos removal).

It has completed the defueling of the world’s first industrial-scale nuclear reactors and delivered measurable financial value for the UK taxpayer by enabling faster decommissioning and by delivering under budget.

At the same time, it has driven technical innovation, and shared programme learning and best practice within and beyond the nuclear industry.


PROJECT: UK Ministry of Defence/Ascent: The UK military flying training system (UKMFTS) route from concept and design to full course capability 2015-2020  
ENTERED BY: Michelle Ostergaard

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has recently introduced a world class, state of the art flying training system to enable pilot and aircrew training across the three UK Armed Forces, known as the UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS).

This five-year programme replaced legacy fleets of training aircraft and helicopters by introducing five new aircraft types, constructed aircraft hangars and ‘school-houses’ in four locations, designed and installed high-fidelity simulators and synthetic training devices, and developed new training syllabus and courseware. This multi-faceted, complex Private Finance Initiative (PFI) has applied a programme approach to deliver substantial benefits.

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