Third of major projects at risk of delay and cost rises

Grant Prior 10 months ago

One third of major government projects due to be delivered in the next five years are currently rated “in doubt or unachievable”.


The warning is contained in a progress report from the National Audit Office into major government projects including infrastructure and construction jobs.

The watchdog casts doubt on attempts to improve performance and said: “The public sector has had a poor track record in delivering projects successfully.”

It added: “Key recurring issues included an absence of portfolio management at both departmental and government level; lack of clear, consistent data with which to measure performance; poor early planning; lack of capacity and capability to undertake a growing number of projects; and a lack of clear accountability for leadership of a project.”

The Infrastructure and Projects Authority (the former Major Projects Authority) has been trying to improve project delivery.

But the NAO said: “It is difficult to tell whether performance is improving without reliable and consistent measures of project success.”

The NAO rates projects in doubt of successful delivery as amber-red.

Of 56 projects which remained on the portfolio from 2012 to 2015, 17 had red or amber-red ratings in June 2015 compared with 12 in 2012.

Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office, said: “I acknowledge that a number of positive steps have been taken by the Authority and client departments.

“At the same time, I am concerned that a third of projects monitored by the Authority are red or amber-red and the overall picture of progress on project performance is opaque. More effort is needed if the success rate of project delivery is to improve.”

CECA Chief Executive Alasdair Reisner said: “We have long argued that the development of infrastructure in the UK has historically lacked long-term strategy.

“The NAO highlights more than ever the important role the newly established Independent Infrastructure Commission will play in ensuring infrastructure demand is met in an efficient manner.

“It is therefore imperative that the new Commission is given real authority to assess and make proposals for long-term major infrastructure projects alongside its development of innovative solutions to fund these infrastructure requirements.”


Latest news

GRAHAM lands £150m Barnet major works deal

Leisure centre and school sites kick-off five-year partnership
1 day ago

Manchester 52-floor skyscraper approved

St John's Place tower at former Granada Studios site gets green light
2 days ago

Lendlease renews site access deal with HRS

Latest monitoring technology to be used at all contractor's sites
1 day ago

Michelmersh calls end to brick price rises

Increased competition sees prices remain flat
2 days ago

Pensioner killed at poorly managed roadworks

Tarmac hit with £1.3m safety fine
2 days ago

Cleveland Bridge recruits large buildings team

Steelwork contractor set sights on large building market
1 day ago

Murphy signs contract for £25m Blackpool outfall

Work to start on UK's longest and largest diameter outfall in March
2 days ago

Prater nets roofing deal at Wimbledon No. 1 Court

Contractor will start on cladding package in January
2 days ago

Construction site gas leak causes chaos at King’s Cross

200 workers evacuated from North London site
2 days ago

£28m Dudley rail centre gets green light

Very Light Rail innovation centre and test-bed track approved
2 days ago

Wates confirms Paul Chandler as new construction boss

Former Skanska chief to take up the reins in January
2 days ago

Betting Spy: Contractors on a roll at awards night

Enquirer awards after party was a long night while favourites can land a 3/1 treble
2 days ago

£20m road schemes backed for 3,300 south west homes

Quartet of road improvements will unlock 3,300 new homes
2 days ago

Barratt boss arrested in contracts probe

London MD Alastair Baird suspended following major investigation
3 days ago

Laing O’Rourke to start St James Centre £1bn revamp

Demolition of old St James shopping centre in Edinburgh to take 18 months
3 days ago

Link Group names £280m Scottish new build partners

Keepmoat, Cruden, Graham and Esh secure places on central belt framewok
2 days ago

Dormant Scottish Tesco sites get £100m boost

London & Scottish Developments to start construction on ten sites
3 days ago

Civils firms slash carbon emissions in half over six years

Laing O'Rourke, Morgan Sindall and Carillion lead the low CO2 way in infrastructure
3 days ago

Plan unveiled for £48m resi tower in Liverpool

Latest 30-storey build-to-rent tower at Liverpool Waters
3 days ago

Clugston green light for £60m Sheffield IKEA

Project is the largest retail win in the region for Scunthorpe contractor
3 days ago

Travis Perkins to close over 30 branches

Builders' merchant in profit warning to the city
3 days ago

Mace tops September contracts league with London win

£450m One Crown Place project in Shoreditch lifts contractor
4 days ago

Costain tops best-paid Network Rail supplier rankings

Network Rail spending with Costain soars 75% to £377m
4 days ago

CH2M boss Roy Hill to lead HS2 construction

Consultant boss steps in while search continues to replace Simon Kirby
4 days ago

Search starts for construction’s best photographer

Enter your best pics now for Art of Building competition
3 days ago

Top Ten winners celebrate construction success

Industry enjoys top night out at inaugural Construction Enquirer awards
4 days ago

Bidding to start for £80m Nottingham shopping centre revamp

£80m Broadmarsh shopping centre expansion comes out to bid
4 days ago

Bouygues UK drops Thomas Vale brand

Dozen staff laid off as Midlands offices consolidated into new Birmingham base
4 days ago

Benniman bags first phase of £120m business park

Main construction to start this month on 90 acre Worcester site
4 days ago

Galliford Try confirmed for £68m Newcastle student village

Construction due due start shortly on Newcastle Uni student village
4 days ago