Procuring infrastructure for London’s Elizabeth line

Document type: Journal Publication
Author: Kevin Lloyd-Davies BA Post Grad DipFM (CEM) FRICS MBIFM, Martin Rowark FRICS, ICE Publishing
Publication Date: 14/08/2017

  • Abstract

    This paper is a condensed version of the Learning Legacy case study Crossrail Procurement Delivery

    This paper sets out the origins and approach to procurement on Crossrail, the development of the ‘six pillars’ of procurement and how these were deployed to deliver over £11 billion of capital spend over a 5 year period. Initial reservations about retrofitting the approach into the existing governance processes were overcome by demonstrating clear gains through forward planning, managing risk early in the process and promoting efficiencies in production.

    The approach allowed a 30% reduction in the procurement team size while delivering the same outputs. In addition, all critical key dates were met, there were no successful challenges and the scope was procured within budget estimates.

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    Kevin Lloyd-Davies BA Post Grad DipFM (CEM) FRICS MBIFM - Crossrail Ltd, Transport for London

    Kevin joined Crossrail in August 2010 to lead the Programme’s procurement strategy as the procurement strategy manager. Since 2014, he has been Head of Procurement and has responsibility for procurement operations. Prior to Crossrail Kevin was the procurement strategy manager (5 years) on the London 2012 Olympics for the ODA (Delivery Partner and was seconded into the ODA to develop the facilities management strategy in operations as the Commercial Head of FM. Other notable contributions include;

    • Developing the PSE model, with others, focussing on packaging and contracting strategy, common component and commodity strategies, eSourcing and process codification (standardising programme procurements); and contributing to the Mead/Gruneburg book entitled “Programme Procurement in Construction – Learning from London 2012;
    • He further developed, with others, the main elements and final format of the 6 pillar model and its subsequent authorship for the IUK Project Initiation Routemap; procurement module.
    • Kevin also has extensive experience in the delivery of complex infrastructure and property programmes, including PPP/PFI projects.

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    Martin Rowark FRICS

    Martin Rowark is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and specialises in complex acquisition and commercial strategies within the Infrastructure sector. He joined The Nichols Group from TfL where he was Director of Commercial with responsibility for the Line Upgrades programmes.  Prior to TfL, Martin was Procurement Director at Crossrail from 2009 to 2014.  Along with the successful procurement of Crossrail, Martin counts his contribution to the procurement of the London 2012 Olympics as a career highlight.  Other notable contributions have been:

    • To lead the authorship of the Procurement Module of the Infrastructure UK Project Initiation Route Map best practice tool kit.
    • Martin is Chairman of the RICS Infrastructure Forum and a Member of the QS and Construction Board.

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