Project 13 has been launched by Infrastructure Client Group (ICG) and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), which will provide a new approach to delivering infrastructure projects.
Officially confirmed at a launch event in Westminster, Project 13 has been implemented in order to fix what is seen as a ‘broken’ operating model in the infrastructure industry, which will be changed with a long term, value-driven approach.
Project 13 will overcome a series of disparate relationships between owners and suppliers that have an effect on productivity and performance.
Now it has launched, the initiative will build a community of infrastructure owners and suppliers who are committed to change, with the largest organisations in infrastructure playing a direct role.
Already, four organisations have been announced as Early Adopters – Anglian Water’s Capital Delivery Alliance, the Environment Agency’s Next Generation Supplier Arrangements, Heathrow’s expansion and National Grid’s London Power Tunnels project.
For Heathrow Airport, this will help with the enabling works including lowering the M25 and diverting local roads and rivers; as well as the construction of the new runway, and increased terminal capacity.
The Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Robert Jenrick MP, spoke at the launch event, welcoming the initiative.
He said: “We are investing record amounts in infrastructure to help boost our national productivity and build an economy fit for the future.
“But we are clear that we need to get the most out of every penny of taxpayers’ money we spend and the construction industry has to do more to close its own productivity gap if we are to succeed.
“We welcome this important industry response that will help drive improvements.”
ICE’s Director General, Nick Baveystock, added: “The launch of Project 13 is the chance for industry and government to change how we deliver our infrastructure.
“Developed between industry, clients and government over a number of years, Project 13 places customers at the heart of our national infrastructure programme, focusing on the social and economic value infrastructure can provide over the long term.”