UK Project Management Round Up


By Miles Shepherd

Executive Advisor & International Correspondent

Salisbury, England, UK


Now that I am back from my travels, I am catching up on events in the UK Project World and want to look at a number of topics this month.  Firstly, there is some good news to report on a couple of major project that have ‘re-opened’;  then there is some news of people in projects here in UK; an overview of infrastructure projects and finally, some news about PM professional societies.


As reported on these pages in the run up to the Games, the London Olympics was a long range programme of which the actual Games were but a part.  Naturally, our attention was caught by the planning and construction phases, which culminated in the highly successful Games.  The longer term part of the programme was aimed at major regeneration of the Stratford area.  Plans for the two aspects were separated into Masterplans that served as both planning documents and were used as tools by the many designers, contractors and operators working on the Park.   According to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) Learning Legacy website (www. http://learninglegacy.independent.gov.uk), by agreeing the final Masterplan early in the the project, the ability to bear down on potential cost increases and to make future cost savings was significantly increased.  The ODA published two revised Olympic Park Masterplans in 2006.  The first, the Games-time and a second, longer term legacy transformation.

After the Games ended, most of the Olympic Park was closed down and work began to remove the temporary venues.  Some venues, such as the shooting ranges, and riding arena, were simply dismantled while others were to be altered and yet others were relocated.

The Basketball Arena was built to hold 10,000 spectators who watched the basketball and handball competitions.  Once the games were over, the building was completely dismantled and the materials re-cycled.


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About the Author

flag-ukpmwj17-dec2013-shepherd-AUTHOR IMAGEMILES SHEPHERD 

Salisbury, UK 

Miles Shepherd is an executive editorial advisor and international correspondent for PM World in the United Kingdom. He is also managing director for MS Projects Ltd, a consulting company supporting various UK and overseas Government agencies, nuclear industry organisations and other businesses.  Miles has over 30 years’ experience on a variety of projects in UK, Eastern Europe and Russia.  His PM experience includes defence, major IT projects, decommissioning of nuclear reactors, nuclear security, rail and business projects for the UK Government and EU.   Past Chair and Fellow of the Association for Project Management (APM), Miles is also past president and chair of the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  He is currently Director of PMI’s Global Accreditation Centre and the Chair of the ISO committee developing new international standards for Project Management and for Program/Portfolio Management.  He was involved in setting up APM’s team developing guidelines for project management oversight and governance.  Miles is based in Salisbury, England and can be contacted at [email protected].

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