INFRASTRUCTURE

 

Our infrastructure work boosts the capacity and capability of our clients.

Drawing on the knowledge and insights gained from projects, we work with central government departments, national agencies and local authorities to develop specialist support for a wider range of infrastructure programmes including highways maintenance, flood management and superfast broadband. 

In 2019 – 20 we helped our clients achieve:

Infrastructure

Working across sectors such as highways and transport, flood risk protection and 5G implementation, we helped our clients deliver the infrastructure to help unlock housing development, foster economic growth and contribute to the development of high quality, sustainable places.

We undertook a peer review of the procurement of a new highways’ services contract for Surrey County Council. We assessed whether the key objectives set out in the contract were likely to be met and recommended actions the authority could take to help achieve them. We assessed the key procurement risks and advised how they could be managed by the Council. As a result of our work, the Council was able to proceed in its procurement with confidence that its assumptions were correct and the outcomes it required were likely to be achieved.

We supported Cardiff City Region develop its business case and assessment process for its Wider Investment Fund. This £495m city deal is designed to improve economic outcomes in the region whilst leveraging public support with private sector investment. We provided an impartial evaluation of some high-risk business cases. This gave Cardiff City Region confidence that the overall project development process was robust and would also satisfy the requirements of its funding partners.

Digital Infrastructure 

The UK government is committed to achieving 100% gigabit capability by 2025. The West Midlands was selected to become the innovative home to the UK’s first multi-city 5G test bed. This is expected to pave the way for the future rollout of 5G across the UK, making the region the first in the UK ready to trial new 5G applications and services at scale.

We supported West Midlands 5G Ltd. (WM5G) develop its final business case for the 5G Application Accelerator Project. The West Midlands Combined Authority applied to the DCMS for a grant to provide infrastructure to test and develop business solutions using this new technology. We supported WM5G develop business cases that led to a final business case that resulted in WM5G successfully being awarded funding of £7m.

In the spring 2020 Budget, the commitment to get gigabit-capable broadband into the hardest-to-reach places was reiterated. Having supported DCMS’ Local Full Fibre Networks programme, we were commissioned to support the Superfast Broadband and “Outside-In” programme. This programme has been designed to ensure that gigabit-capable connectivity across all areas of the UK is achieved at the same time. Its focus is on the 10%-20% of premises where gigabit capability is not commercially viable.

 

For more information about what we have helped our clients achieve, see our 2019-20 impact report.

TESTIMONIALS

Local Partnerships’ work at Wirral has harnessed local knowledge and created a much sharper, focused approach, which is commercially aware and which will result in more homes delivered over the next five years

Eric Robinson, Chief Executive, Wirral Council

I have found Local Partnerships supportive and knowledgeable, particularly on the technical and financial aspects of our street lighting PFI – enabling us to make informed decisions and ensuring that we haven’t wasted effort in these areas on what is a challenging and complex contract change.

Peter Woodward, Capital Programmes and Property, Manchester City Council

RESOURCES

MAIN CONTACTS

Kevin Jones

Strategic Director – Infrastructure

Mobile: 07919 302 488
Email: kevin.jones@local.gov.uk

OTHER AREAS OF OUR WORK

 
HOUSING

 
INFRASTRUCTURE

CLIMATE
RESPONSE

COMMERCIALISATION AND REORGANISATION

 
ENERGY

 
RE:FIT

 
ASSURANCE

HEALTH AND
SOCIAL CARE

PPP, PFI
AND MIM

 
WASTE

RT @AS_Lawson Our latest Impact Report has recently been published. A fantastic testament to the team at @LP_localgov and the successes we've helped our clients achieve during 2019-20 and since our inception in 2009! Read our Impact Report 2019-20 at https://t.co/1Of1V8yAWG

About 2 days ago

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