Former Arup chairman Terry Hill is to lead Treasury body Infrastructure UK’s (IUK’s) investigation into the cost of civil engineering projects.
Hill, who leads Arup’s transport business, is to chair the body’s steering group, which also includes industry heavyweights such as Balfour Beatty chief executive Ian Tyler.
An expert panel run by the ICE will feed in to the steering group. It will be chaired by senior vice president Peter Hansford.
The ICE has been a staunch supporter of IUK, and has been consulted on its remit since its inception last November.
“We back the IUK-led investigation into reducing the delivery costs of civil engineering works for major infrastructure projects,” said ICE president professor Paul Jowitt. “The civil engineering industry itself recognises that it must focus on driving down the cost of delivering new and upgraded infrastructure, while ensuring thatprojects deliver enhanced value for clients and the public.
“We look forward to working with Government and industry on this important investigation,” he said.
The review will report in September, in time to inform IUK’s national infrastructure plan that will prioritise public and private sector investments.
This will be published with the comprehensive spending review.
Hill’s appointment was confirmed in Tuesday’s budget, which also restated the government’s intention to create a green investment bank.
This will also be run by Infrastructure UK as part of its remit to drive greater private sector investment in infrastructure.
The budget document also revealed that government is considering upgrading the capacity of the Dartford Crossing along with the possibilities for letting out a concession to build, finance and operate any new link. More details on this will also form part of the spending review.
Former Arup boss to lead government review of cost of civils projects