Committee considers dos and don’ts of project design in inquiry examining Government delivery of major projects

04 July 2019

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee continues its inquiry into the Government’s management of major projects with a session featuring evidence from academics involved in Project X, a research initiative focused on major project delivery.


The Government’s Major Projects Portfolio currently has 133 projects with a total value of £423 billion.

This includes high profile infrastructure projects such as Crossrail, HS2 and Hinkley Point but also major Government ICT projects, projects to transform public services, and major defence procurement programmes. In addition, individual departments manage numerous capital projects outside the Major Projects Portfolio.

PACAC is examining how well the Government manages its major projects, what steps it should take improve, and ways to equip the Civil Service with the skills and capacity to manage and deliver major projects.

Purpose of the session

In this session, the Committee will hear from four Project X programme leaders. Initiated by the Infrastructure and Projects Authority and with grant funding from the Economic and Social Research Council, Project X aims to identify what does and does not work in major project design, using its findings to improve the Government’s capacity to deliver large-scale infrastructure projects. It seeks to bring together civil servants, academic experts and external project professionals.

The Committee is expected to focus on how well the UK delivers major projects when compared with other countries, the extent to which short-term political considerations can affect the planning and delivery of major projects, and whether the Government is learning the right lessons from its evaluation of major projects.


Tuesday 9 July 2019, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

  • Professor Michael Bourne, Cranfield University, Project X
  • Dr Richard Kirkham, University of Manchester, Project X
  • Professor Michael Lewis, University of Bath, Project X
  • Professor Terry Williams, University of Hull, Project X

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