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The Project Control Framework

On 1st April 2008 we launched the Project Control Framework. The Framework sets out how we, together with the Department for Transport, manage and deliver major improvement projects.

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The Project Control Framework

On 1st April 2008 we launched the Project Control Framework in our Major Projects Directorate. The Framework sets out how we, together with the Department for Transport, manage and deliver major improvement projects. It is designed to ensure that we deliver road projects which meet our customers' aspirations in a cost efficient and timely manner.

The framework includes a project lifecycle which breaks down the development and delivery of a major project into 3 phases and 7 stages. This is shown in the diagram and explanation below.

Major Projects Lifecycle (30KB GIF)

Options Phase

During the Options Phase a number of options are investigated in order to determine the preferred solution (or route) to the transport challenge the scheme is seeking to tackle. The scheme option(s) are then subject to public consultation and at the end of the Phase the preferred route announcement is made.

Development Phase

During the Development Phase the design of the preferred route is worked up in more detail. The draft Orders, required under the Highways Act 1980, in order to authorise the building of the scheme and to acquire any necessary land are prepared and published. If an Environmental Statement is required this is also published for comment at the same time. At the end of the Development Phase the scheme will have gone through a Public inquiry process (if required) and the draft Orders will be ready for making/confirmation. At this point a Ministerial decision is made as to whether to go ahead and construct the scheme.

Construction Phase

The scheme is built in the Construction Phase and once complete, preparations are made to open the road to traffic.

Product Matrix

For every stage of the lifecycle we have defined the key deliverables (or products) that need to be produced. The products are what we need to do in order to progress the project to its next stage or phase. We've listed all the products in a 'product matrix'. This shows what needs to be produced and in what stage or stages of the lifecycle.

Governance Arrangements

At the end of every stage we have clear control (governance) points in order to review and approve the project to move to the next stage. This enables us to ensure that as the project is developed it will continue to deliver our customers' expectations and be cost effective.

If you would like further information on the Project Control Framework you can access the handbook and product matrix here.

The framework has been developed to cater for projects which are delivered using the Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) form of contract. Further development is currently underway to adapt the framework to cater for other forms of contract and types of project.