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Highways agency £5bn project framework takes collaborative approach

The Collaborative Delivery Framework builds an alliance between suppliers that focuses on increasing capabilities and capacity for improved project delivery.

The Highways Agency has shown great ambition to deliver a framework that will achieve projects to the value of £5bn over a four year period. JCP is delighted to have been approached by the Agency to help them achieve that ambition through the creation of an alliance framework to help appoint suppliers who bring passion and innovation alongside a relentless drive for continuous improvement.

JCP has over 20 years’ experience supporting the construction industry to deliver large and complex programmes. As Amanda Crouch, JCP Associate explains "when large, complex projects need to be delivered on time, on spec and even under budget, traditional contracts don't tend to work, particularly over the long term. The Highways Agency recognised the value of building collaborative relationships with their suppliers, all working to the same aim, sharing the risks and rewards and with a shared set of values. JCP knows that, while collaboration is not always the easiest option, it is the best option to ensure effective delivery, and it is all credit to the Highways Agency team for recognising that and adopting this approach".

Earlier this month, HM Treasury produced a report 'Alliancing Best Practice in Infrastructure Delivery' endorsing the alliancing approach for construction projects such as this one. Commercial Secretary to the Treasury Lord Deighton said the report "will be an essential instrument in continuing to support cost reduction and improved delivery. The group [delivering the report – of which JCP was part] has already achieved far more, far quicker as infrastructure leaders working together and I welcome this continued collaboration."

Tony Turton, Highways Agency Programme Manager said "With JCP's guidance we have been able to bring together a high performing team of suppliers who are now our long term partners with a united set of objectives and goals. JCP has demonstrated the art of the possible through a collaborative approach and given us the tools and processes we need to help find efficiencies and savings that mean we can deliver this project with the best value for all stakeholders."

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JCP specialise in helping major clients, contractors and their supply chains realise the benefits of reduced cost, speedier delivery, increased profit and improved relationships from working collaboratively with each other. They have a 91% success rate in helping clients win work. The company has worked with leading names including Network Rail, National Grid, Highways Agency, Welsh Water, London Underground and Thames Water and with Central Government including DfT, BIS, and HMT Infrastructure UK.

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