1st Annual (2018)

Successfully Delivering Infrastructure in the UK

Wednesday 31 October 2018


Registration and refreshments
Chair's opening remarks
Part 1: Identifying national infrastructure needs and creating an infrastructure pipeline
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Identifying the UK’s infrastructure needs and creating a plan to respond – exploring the outcomes of the National Infrastructure Assessment
  • Creating an infrastructure vision to 2050
  • Identifying sector needs
  • Long term planning and prioritisation of infrastructure
  • Outcomes of the National Infrastructure Assessment
  • Future-proofing infrastructure delivery
  • The next steps 
Progress with infrastructure delivery and supporting future delivery
  • Supporting infrastructure delivery and development
  • Delivering the projects in the National Infrastructure Pipeline
  • Improving productivity and closing the productivity gap
  • Establishing collaborative supply chains to support infrastructure delivery
Part 2: Securing funding and private investment in infrastructure
Available funding for infrastructure projects
  • Why infrastructure investment is being prioritised
  • The impact of city deals on infrastructure delivery
  • Encouraging more UK infrastructure investment – what steps are needed?
Morning refreshments
What does devolution of powers mean for future infrastructure funding and delivery?
  • How is devolution of powers improving identifying regional infrastructure needs, funding and delivery?
  • Are regional bodies and combined authorities fully prepared for additional powers?
Attracting and securing private investment and financing - what are investors looking for?
  • What is the current appetite for infrastructure investment?
  • Attracting more investment for UK infrastructure
  • The current risks and challenges of investing in the UK
  • Remaining competitive and attractive to markets outside the UK
PANEL DISCUSSION: What are the best models in the UK for infrastructure investment?
  • Are the current investment models in the UK working?
  • What are the other options and models for investment?
  • How can private investors see returns?
  • Appetite for public and private partnerships
  • What can the UK learn from other countries?
  • Possible impact of Brexit on investment
Networking lunch
Part 3: Overcoming procurement challenges and improving collaboration to support delivery
The role of leadership and project management in supporting infrastructure delivery
  • Defining clear roles and responsibilities and the structures needed for infrastructure delivery
  • The roles of the project sponsor and project manager in delivering infrastructure
  • The importance of project management at different stages of project delivery
  • Ensuring the right people, with the right capabilities, are in the right role
  • The need for an independent third party to review progress and monitor project delivery
Overcoming the challenges facing the procurement process
  • Using a strategic approach to procurement - defining what is being procured and the outputs wanted from procurement 
  • Improving transparency and offering greater clarity regarding infrastructure pipelines and timelines
  • Ensuring consistency in procurement processes
  • Reducing the cost and resources needed for tendering
  • Working to improve margins as an industry
  • The value and challenges of frameworks
Improving collaboration and communication at all stages of project development for more effective project delivery
  • The benefits of collaboration and early contractor involvement
  • Bringing the supply chain with you through the whole project
  • When is best to engage the supply chain?
The skills and resources needed to deliver the UK’s infrastructure needs
  • Resourcing and skills needed for procurement and project delivery
  • Managing the number of projects coming forward
  • Maintaining a consistent level of projects for a stable workforce
  • Identifying possible skills gaps and training the workforce of the future
  • Ensuring the right skills at the right stage of the process
Afternoon refreshments
Part 4: Planning for future infrastructure and overcoming challenges facing delivery
Future-proofing infrastructure delivery and planning for future technology and advances
  • How can the UK become an industry leader in emerging markets and technologies?
  • Ensuring we are planning now for future technologies and infrastructure advances
  • What’s next and how can we be prepared?
Demonstrating the wider economic and social benefits of infrastructure investment
  • Calculating the wider economic benefits of infrastructure
  • The benefits of new infrastructure in creating national, regional and local growth
  • Communicating the benefits and plans for infrastructure to the public, to secure support for infrastructure delivery
Overcoming the regulatory challenges facing the delivery of infrastructure
Chair’s closing remarks
Close of conference and networking drinks

*All sessions include time for Q&A*