Nick Smallwood, Chief Executive Officer of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, discusses what the newly published National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline and Transforming Infrastructure Performance: Roadmap to 2030 mean for the construction sector and the country's infrastructure.
Principle number seven; “be an intelligent client”, concisely sets out the role government has in establishing and encouraging the behaviours that will transform the construction sector and the delivery of our major projects. In line with that ambition, the government published the Construction Playbook this week.
Whilst successful project initiation can take more time at the start, this will be repaid many times over later on in delivery.
The COVID-19 crisis has already, and will continue to, cause many complex hurdles. Collaboration will be essential to overcoming these hurdles. The Benchmarking Capability Tool is a prime example of the benefits and success that can be driven by cross-industry collaboration.
Digital and manufacturing techniques have been used to great success in the construction of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement road scheme. The IPA team saw this first hand on our recent visit to the project.
Payment in the construction industry has come under closer scrutiny since Carillion’s collapse, and rightly so. It is unacceptable when suppliers are not paid fairly and on time. But it’s also not a straightforward problem to solve.
If Transforming Infrastructure Performance and other programmes transform the infrastructure sector in the UK, what would that look like?
Five departments come together under the IPA’s guidance to work closely on developing a presumption in favour of off-site construction by 2019.