Our case studies provide a sample of the work and projects that we have been involved in. The projects have been successful in their development and delivery due to the work of many individuals and organisations.
Waste Infrastructure Delivery Programme
The Waste Infrastructure Delivery Programme (WIDP) was a Defra initiative that was established in order to accelerate the delivery of waste infrastructure through using either PFI or PPP models.
The UK was under tight deadlines to increase its waste infrastructure capacity in order to divert biodegradable municipal waste away from landfill. This essentially meant that energy recovery or fuel production facilities needed to be built. The overall national capacity required did of course vary, given that such requirement was a function of overall waste growth and the effectiveness of other, preferred waste policies, such as waste reduction, re-use and recycling.
The programme itself brought together three organisations – Defra, Partnerships UK (now IUK) and Local Partnerships. This ensured that the policy and delivery organisations combined under the leadership of Defra, in order to manage the entire project development and delivery cycle.
The programme needed to address many challenges including:
Given that waste projects presented different challenges to other PFI projects, private and public sector capacity needed to be developed in order to ensure the skills required were available in suitable depth within the market. This exercise also involved a market sounding and engagement exercise whereby key commercial and contractual issues were raised and appropriate solutions were considered – balancing public policy considerations with private sector interests.
A large-scale residual waste programme had never been effected across England and Wales, and consistency of positions across the projects (in terms of procurement and commercial positions) was seen as necessary in order to both promote value and efficiency. At the same time, however, given that local authorities have ultimate ownership of the projects and the market was still developing, flexibility also needed to be promoted.
This was done by balancing mandated positions against those that were suggested. The key pieces of guidance produced included planning guidance, guidance on governance, guidance on merchant facilities and the standard form waste contract, which is now used internationally.
Scrutiny and Assurance
A team ensured that the business cases submitted by local authorities for funding addressed all the required key issues and that, as the projects moved through the procurement process, these business cases continued to be relevant. This effective and on-going assurance conducted in a collaborative manner ensured that the public sector moved forward with confidence.
This involved hands-on delivery support: supporting negotiations and the resolution of commercial issues and driving projects forwards. Given the leading edge knowledge within the team, this provided considerable benefit to the public sector in terms of know-how on managing key and complex issues.
At its peak the programme had over 30 projects, covering England and Wales, in either development, procurement or delivery. The WIDP team won the award for Public Sector Team of the Year at the Partnerships Awards in 2009.
Mike Pugsley led Local Partnerships Waste team and Amar Qureshi headed WIDP’s Commercial and Guidance team.
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“Both Mike and Amar were senior members of the multi-billion Waste PFI Delivery Programme (WIDP) at Defra and were key to its success. Not only are they experts in their fields, but they demonstrated great integrity, professionalism and leadership throughout. It was an absolute pleasure to work with them.”
John Burns, Former Project Director, WIDP