The UK has a proven capability in delivering successful projects and innovation, where the imperative and conditions for success have been properly prepared. Both the Government Construction Strategy and the IUK Cost Review identified that efficiency savings could be delivered through reforming procurement practices and effecting behavioural and culture change. The wider adoption of collaborative approaches with integrated team working has been supported widely by the Government and industry. Alliancing is one form of collaborative working that has been adopted successfully in the UK and other countries. This Alliancing Best Practice in Infrastructure Delivery document is a product of the government working collaboratively with industry and academia through the Infrastructure Client Group.
This document was developed with input from industry leaders across the infrastructure sector, from transport to off-shore gas, from Clients to Contractors and Consultants. It highlights the areas in which alliancing can potentially add value and the key elements that drive a successful alliance.
The first notable alliance for capital investment delivery in the UK was the Andrew Oil Field project for BP in the 1990’s. The Andrew Oil Field (Andrew) was a complex and challenging technical problem and demanded significant cost savings over traditional methods of delivery to make it economically sustainable. Whilst Andrew delivered significant time and cost savings for BP, alliancing models remained a small part of UK construction delivery for many years. Where effective alliances have been established long term performance improvement has been achieved. There is now an industry wide track record that supports the business case for alliances.
This document provides an accessible and valuable support to those embarking on an alliance and to those who are already committed. It draws on experience from many organisations; clients, delivery teams, consultants and academics to highlight which aspects of alliance set up are most important, when they are most applicable and what needs to be done to ensure their effectiveness.
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