Book of the Night

The Partnerships Awards 2012 reflects the growing expansion of the PPP model not just geographically, but also in the way in which partnerships are being used to deliver infrastructure and change lives.

Now in its 14th year, this is the first time the awards has been fully international, with each category open to entries from around the world. The response has been impressive, with entries up 25% on 2011. The standard of entries was also higher than ever as project teams work to deliver more for less in these tough economic times.

While the majority of countries have been embracing PPPs in all their forms over the past year, the UK has been in a prolonged process of transition. At government level, the term ‘PFI’ has continued to attract criticism and efforts to find a replacement remain ongoing.

But at a local level, public authorities and private companies are coming together to develop new ways of delivering the vital social and economic infrastructure that is necessary to promote economic growth.

As the winds of political change sweep across Europe, the focus is beginning to shift from mere austerity to delivering growth. And infrastructure will be at the heart of those plans. The partnerships industry in the UK and overseas has demonstrated clearly that it is up to the challenge ahead, and tonight’s finalists represent the very best practice within the industry.

Thank you to our panel of experts for carrying out the difficult task of sifting through the high calibre of entries to pick the winners, and thank you to our sponsors for their support. Finally, congratulations to all the projects and teams involved.

Paul Jarvis
Editor - Partnerships Bulletin

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