29th January 2021

Knowledge Type

Lessons learned report


, UK Government

Major Project


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Consultants Contractors Leadership teams Private sector clients Public sector clients

Lessons from Major Projects and Programmes


PACAC Lessons from Major Projects and ProgrammesThe government’s major projects and programmes range from transport infrastructure, military capability and nuclear projects, information technology (IT) and digital programmes through to ones to improve school or government buildings. The Government Major Projects Portfolio (GMPP), which includes government’s largest most innovative and most risky programmes, currently includes 125 major programmes at a combined whole-life cost of £448 billion. Many programmes combine bespoke features and new technology, and aim to be transformational, whether that is transforming services, communities or departmental systems. These factors, along with the scale of government major programmes and the impacts they have on affected communities, create challenges in their delivery. Government must successfully overcome these challenges in order to best secure public value from the significant amounts it invests in major programmes. The Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) is the government’s centre of expertise for infrastructure and major projects.

The IPA provides expert project delivery advice, support and assurance to government departments, and works with industry to ensure that projects are delivered efficiently and effectively, and to improve performance over time. It leads the project delivery and project finance profession across government, and the embedding of lessons learned. It also oversees the GMPP which aims to improve the delivery of the government’s biggest and riskiest projects by increasing transparency and providing independent assurance, with recommendations which Departments must act upon for programmes to progress further.