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. 

View full category criteria



Heating homes contributes to about a third of all carbon emissions in the UK. The Hy4Heat programme’s overall objective was to provide the technical, performance, usability, and safety evidence to de-risk the use of hydrogen in homes and lay the groundwork for a community trial. Leading the programme was Arup+, a team that brought together Arup’s programme management expertise, with leaders in energy and hydrogen. Overcoming widespread scepticism in the gas industry about the technical and commercial viability of hydrogen technology, the evidence-based, stakeholder-led approach resulted in a shift in industry mindset and establishing the foundations for a community trial. 


PROGRAMME: 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


PROGRAMME: BBC Cymru Wales Central Square Programme 

Central Square Programme a major change transformation programme to move BBC Broadcasting and Support Services to a new location in Cardi Central Square. A hugely ambitious project incorporating property design, procurement and construction; design and implementation of industry leading technology; and establishment of new ways of working to maximise creativity and collaboration for not only BBC Wales but the wider BBC and external media stakeholders whilst generating benefit for BBC and the local economy.


PROGRAMME: Border Force EU Exit 
ENTERED BY: Border Force

In preparation for the UK leaving the EU, Border Force’s Border Readiness Programme delivered the largest and most complex change programme since its creation, reaching all parts of the complex immigration and customs operational delivery. Overriding objectives driving work were: Securing the border, protecting individuals and promoting national prosperity, providing a border capability delivering against Home Oce and wider HMG objectives; Influencing HMG and OGD policy development to ensure operational impacts are key considerations during policy development and planning; Delivering resilience and capability changes that support operational implementation at the border including policy, process, workforce, infrastructure and IT changes.

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