Our report, Gearing Complex Build Programmes for
Success, compares two major defence maritime and
infrastructure construction projects – the London Bridge
Station redevelopment project and the build programme for
the Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier. Drawing on our shared
expertise, we identified three best practice findings which, if
implemented, significantly impacts on building to schedule.
Under three major subheadings – Shared Focus,
Programme Enablers and Smarter Working – we explore
why consensus, communication and innovation are critical
to the successful delivery of complex projects.
This report is essential reading for anyone involved in
planning and implementing large infrastructure and build
Ian Parker, Costain
Ian is a highly experienced Chartered Civil Engineer and MBA, who has held a series of senior positions in international consultancy and project management businesses over the last fifteen years. He has been accountable for delivering projects and programmes of up to £6bn in value and for leading corporate functions such as marketing, business development, communications and health & safety in FTSE companies.
Ian is currently the Sector Director responsible for rail in Costain, which includes consultancy, technology and construction delivery projects for Network Rail, Crossrail and High Speed 2. Ian previously led Mace's highways business, which was involved in providing project and programme management to many of the UK's largest highways projects.
Stephan Smith, Newton
Stephan Smith leads Newton’s infrastructure strategy
Stephan has significant experience in the maritime and defence sectors where he led the Newton team to deliver £100m+ of savings on the Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier programme by improving productivity and reducing the build schedule.
Costain is a smart infrastructure solutions company that helps to improve people’s lives by deploying technology-based engineering solutions to meet urgent national needs across the UK’s energy, water and transportation infrastructures. They deliver a range of innovative services including consultancy, technology, asset optimisation and complex delivery within high-profile UK contracts. They have been shaping the world in which we live for over 150 years.
Newton specialises in driving operational
and financial performance across the public
and private sector, from complex
engineering programmes to mass-
production manufacturing and through-life
support programmes. They achieve this by
pinpointing and implementing the changes
that will make
the most significant difference to
programme performance and platform
availability. They uncover the data that
means the most critical decisions are made
with facts, not opinions. Moreover, they
bring together a group of people who live
and breathe delivering results.