8. National Infrastructure Delivery Plan - March 2016
The Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) was established on 1st January 2016 through the merger of Infrastructure UK and the Major Projects Authority. The role of IPA is to support the development and delivery of UK infrastructure projects across the whole of government.
In March 2016 the IPA published its first National Infrastructure Delivery Plan 2016-2021 [ https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-infrastructure-delivery-plan-2016-to-2021 ]. This records a project pipeline of over 600 infrastructure schemes valued at over £425billion, of which 300 schemes to the value of £298billion are expected to be delivered by 2021. To support this, the government has committed £100billion of public capital investment in that period, the balance being privately funded. The sectors which will benefit from investment spending in the period to 2021 include energy (£117billion); transport (£88billion); social infrastructure e.g. hospitals, schools (£48billion); and water and waste (£19billion).
To complement the IPA, the National Infrastructure Commission was set up in 2015 to give a clear picture and report on the UK's future infrastructure needs, as far ahead as 2050.
Governance aspects of the Plan which are of interest are:
- Improving project delivery and performance (including project support and assurance) by identifying the right projects; improving planning and consent processes; reducing costs; and building a skilled and productive construction industry (Chapter 14)
- Monitoring and reporting progress against the plan to ensure that priority projects stay on track in five key areas: updating the project pipeline; policy milestones; improving delivery and performance; priority milestones; and major projects in development (Chapter 15).
The UK project pipeline is huge, as are the opportunities for project professionals, and there is a need for good culture and effective governance to ensure the successful delivery of that pipeline of infrastructure projects.
contributed by Peter Deary
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