Date: 7 March 2013, 4:00 - 12:00

Location: CUBE, 113-115 Portland St, Manchester, M1 6DW


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Government construction strategy update: Infrastructure pipeline & procurement

Date: 7 March 2013, 4:00 - 12:00

Location: CUBE, 113-115 Portland St, Manchester, M1 6DW


In association with Infrastructure UK and North West Infrastructure Group

The North West Infrastructure Group is delighted to invite you to attend this free-to-attend North West regional consultation event on Infrastructure Procurement, in association with Infrastructure UK.

As we approach the second anniversary of the IUK Cost Review, this session will reflect on the latest publication of the National Infrastructure Plan, the development of the North West regional and national pipeline reports in support thereof and will introduce the 'Procurement Routemap'

Infrastructure Procurement Routemap

The Government has published a guidance note and application toolkit to help public and private sector infrastructure providers to improve their ability to deliver their projects and programmes. The 'Infrastructure Procurement Routemap: a guide to improving the delivery capability' sets out best practice using real case studies, for example Crossrail. Alongside the report the Government is publishing, for consultation, a draft application guide and will develop this 'toolkit' over time to enable infrastructure providers to assess and improve their capability to deliver successful project outcomes. The consultation formally ends on 22 April 2013.

This is an opportunity to engage with the authors and put across your point of view on the developing policies and guidelines that are emerging.

Background documents and the guidelines are now available online.


Alan Couzens, Project Director, Infrastructure UK (HM Treasury) & Author of the Infrastructure Implementation Plan

Alan is head of the Government's Infrastructure Cost Review Programme, launched in 2010 and is currently partly seconded to High Speed 2. He is part of a team set up to deliver savings of up to £1.5bn. Alan is also a member of the Infrastructure UK Projects team, providing commercial support to the Government's priority infrastructure projects.

Simon Kirby, Managing Director, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail & Chair of The Infrastructure UK Client and Lean Procurement Task Group

Simon is responsible for the delivery of all large enhancement and renewal infrastructure projects and for leading the new rail projects business within Network Rail. He is also on the board of the Major Projects Association.

Peter McDermott, Professor of Construction Procurement at the University of Salford

Peter is a member of the newly merged Infrastructure UK Costs Study/Cabinet Office Government Strategy Joint Steering Committee and is also the Chair of the North West Infrastructure Group.


In 2011, Infrastructure UK published a three year implementation plan for the Infrastructure Cost Review, identifying the measures to be taken by Government and industry to make efficiency savings of at least 15% by 2015, worth £2bn to £3bn per annum.

Infrastructure UK's cost review pointed to some of the shortcomings in the current approach to delivering infrastructure and proposed a number of significant new initiatives. Previous attempts to bring about improvements have largely failed to embed the cultural and behavioural changes vital to underpin more collaborative and efficient models. The Infrastructure UK Client and Lean Procurement Task Group was charged with a range of objectives including producing guidelines for improving client performance – especially through more effective procurement, which have now been drafted and will form part of the presentation and debate during the seminar.

In addition to the effort to create national pipelines, a grouping of infrastructure clients in the North West are seeking to develop a more detailed model for the region. Progress towards this aim will be reported.


To register on this FREE event or if you have anyqueries or require further information, please contact Hannah Kavanagh on or telephone 0161 295 5076.

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