Taking the long view

Richard Threlfall

Infrastructure is all about long-term value – or should be. But to make that a reality we must learn to work together. Will you sign up to Project 13 and help transform the sector?

If you are an infrastructure owner in the UK – particularly if you are one of those handful of organisations whose annual spend is more than £1bn – please read carefully. Because this is really important, and I would like you to sign up. Not necessarily right after you have finished reading this article, but certainly before we all head off for our summer holidays. So that gives us about three months for me to persuade you that you should, and for you to agree that you will. Okay?

I would like you to sign up to take part in an effort to fundamentally transform the UK infrastructure and construction industry: it’s called Project 13. You may have already heard about it – and perhaps are still scratching your head about the name, but never mind that. The aim is to establish a community of infrastructure investors, owners and stakeholders committed to a new way of working to drive change throughout our industry.

Project 13 is being led by the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Infrastructure Client Group, and already has the backing of a large number of organisations, both public and private, who care about the future of infrastructure. Numerous individuals are also involved, including me. 

To deliver long-term value requires an enterprise-wide approach, with collaboration through the supply chain 

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