Government creates new body to deliver major projects

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Posted by APM on 11th Nov 2015

George OsbourneThe government has announced today that Infrastructure UK (IUK) and the Major Projects Authority (MPA) are to merge.

This will bring the government’s expertise, knowledge and skills at managing and delivering major economic projects under one roof for the first time.

The new organisation, which will be called the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, will bring together government expertise in the financing, delivery and assurance of these projects.

This will range from large scale infrastructure projects such as Crossrail and the Thames Tideway Tunnel to major transformation programmes such as Universal Credit.

It will come into formal existence on 1 January 2016, reporting jointly to the Chancellor and Minister for the Cabinet Office, Tony Meggs taking up the role of chief executive, who is the current chief executive of the MPA.

Geoffrey Spence, the current chief executive of IUK, has decided to leave his current role and pursue a new challenge in the private sector, it was also announced today.

“By bringing together Infrastructure UK with the Major Projects Authority, and creating the new National Infrastructure Commission, we are moving to the next stage in our plan to ensure Britain’s economy gets the transformational projects it needs,” said Chancellor George Osborne.

Mr Osborne  also thanked Geoffrey Spence for the brilliant job he has done leading Infrastructure UK since July 2011.

“Under his leadership, IUK became a more effective organisation, successfully developing and implementing the UK’s National Infrastructure Plan, the UK Guarantee Scheme for infrastructure and a new model for private sector delivery of public service, PF2.”

Minister for the Cabinet Office, Matt Hancock said: “The new Infrastructure and Projects Authority is a further step forward in delivering what Britain needs to prosper in the twenty-first century. 

“By combining projects expertise with funding authority we will improve the government’s ability to deliver, and the economic security that comes with it. 

“Tony Meggs has been a hugely respected chief executive of the MPA and has the leadership and capability to make the new IMPA a great success.”

 

Image: "George Osborne 0437" by M. Holland. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.

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