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ANALYSIS: No surprises, but Hunt’s plans raise hope for private finance

With major projects given the go-ahead and plans outlined for energy investment, Jeremy Hunt’s Autumn Statement has provided more optimism for the UK infrastructure sector

Evo Infra: Refocusing on new sectors

The team behind Evolution Infrastructure (formerly DWPF) plan to stay true to their new name by targeting expansion through growth, not revolutionary change

Turning the UK into a digital force: PPPs will need to evolve to meet the needs of an increasingly connected population

Competition and clarity are key to private players pushing up the pace - and a PPP model could have an important role to play

Is Greece Europe’s new PPP centre of gravity?

This month the Government of Greece is holding a roadshow event as it looks to kickstart a 50-project PPP pipeline. But how will it attract investors that have so far kept their distance?

PPPs to drive Saudi Arabia’s transformation

Why Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 is providing the fuel for an economic revolution with PPPs at its heart

Analysis: UK continues PPP push

Partnerships Bulletin figures show UK market continues to progress PPP projects despite political turmoil

Boom time for UAE

Alicia Buller takes a look at the prospects for growth in the UAE’s PPP market, and finds that while the opportunities are huge, some challenges remain for international investors

Mental health and the public sector

Partnerships Bulletin’s Freedom of Information requests unearthed a potential timebomb for under-resourced public authorities

Under Pressure

Working on high value contracts to provide for the public sector is always challenging. But increasingly aggressive tactics and the added pressure of expiry and handback are taking a human toll. Paul Jarvis reports

Getting their priorities in order

The UK government has published a new ‘plan for growth’ that includes a role for infrastructure. Paul Jarvis takes a closer look

Inflation and uncertainty in Central Europe

Lisa Best takes a look at the central European PPP market amid torrid economic headwinds and political uncertainty

Not so simple

The UK is planning a pared back procurement regime. But could a less prescriptive approach result in a more complex landscape, asks Paul Jarvis

Workshopping expiry

At the UK Partnerships Hub, Knight Frank’s Nigel Badham oversaw a workshop to tease out some of the main issues facing the industry as PFI contracts head towards expiry. Here, we summarise some of the findings.

Net Zero at a local level

The scale of the challenge and the art of the possible in the built environment. Some reflections from the UK Partnerships Hub boardroom sponsored by Robertson

Turning the theoretical into the practical

Addleshaw Goddard’s Stephanie Townley hosts a wide ranging discussion on expiry as the public and private sectors grapple with challenges and seize the opportunities it creates. Jonathan Davies reports from the roundtable event

Net Zero at UK Partnerships Hub

New innovations and new ways of financing projects will be key to meeting the government’s ambitious plans, but concerns remain over how that will be achieved

Delivering the agenda

The UK’s infrastructure industry has been put at the centre of the government’s biggest missions, but is it possible to hit the targets? Jonathan Davies reports on an A-list panel discussion at the UK Partnerships Hub

Analysis: Don’t expect an Australian revolution

A new leader at the helm is unlikely to result in a major shake-up of the Australian PPP market, writes Jonathan Davies

You’ll pay for this

As PFI contract management issues continue to emerge, payment mechanisms will evolve in future PPPs, but someone will have to pay. Paul Jarvis reports on the problems driving change as contracts get closer to handback

Big Future

WSP’s latest strategy document firmly positions the company as a broad-based advisory and engineering firm with plans for significant growth. Gary McCarthy tells Paul Jarvis what that means for its PPP and investment advisory business

Ireland’s Call

The Irish PPP market is buoyant, but a number of dark clouds are gathering on the horizon. Can the country weather the storms to offer a genuine prospect to potential bidders, asks Paul Jarvis

The drive to Net Zero: Whose hands are on the wheel?

Lisa Best looks at the huge and crucial role of private investment alongside public money in funding the transition of infrastructure to Net Zero and takes stock of developments and difficulties

Unlocking Africa’s PPP power

Can Africa put the pandemic behind it to build on the promise it had been showing pre-2019 in a new, more competitive PPP world, asks Jonathan Davies. Sparking local finance to invest could be critical

AA Projects eyes growth opportunities

Exclusive: AA Projects director James Ryan says the firm’s recent deal with Drees & Sommer opens up opportunities in new markets, with North America firmly on the agenda

Later Shift

Paula Broadbent has been at the helm of Lovell Later Living for a year. She tells Paul Jarvis how the model for older people’s housing is changing, and why partnerships are key to this evolution

Pandemic resilience

EIB figures show the European PPP market was able to ride out the Covid-19 pandemic remarkably well. Paul Jarvis spoke to the bank’s experts to get the story behind the headline figures

Not So Direct

Direct Procurement for Customers (DPC) may be flavour of the month in the UK water sector, but there is still a long road to travel. Paul Jarvis reports

Diversity in Leadership - Part 2

Following our International Women’s Day article focusing on women in leadership roles across the infrastructure and PPP space, we now take a broader perspective

Invesis: On the hunt for growth

Bam PPP is rebranding as it looks to strike out for growth, diversifying its focus and using its deep experience to build upon its existing portfolio

“We need to think more broadly”

On International Women’s Day, we hear from some of the female leaders within the partnerships industry on the importance of diversity within leadership

Handback Guidance: First Steps

The Infrastructure & Projects Authority’s latest PFI expiry guidance is considered a good start by the industry. But experts say the agency can and should do more

Breaking point

UK PFI deals are seeing increasingly aggressive contract management by the public sector. Is this the only way to get private sector engagement, or is it driving short-term deductions at the cost of long-term value?

Safe as Houses?

Local authority-led regeneration is popular in the UK at present. But should the examples of some councils serve as a warning to the whole market, asks Paul Jarvis

Analysis: On the Level

The UK government’s White Paper on Levelling Up has some wide-ranging promises. But can it provide new projects on the ground and where can partnerships fit in, asks Paul Jarvis

The Handback Report 2022

This is the definitive guide to all things related to the expiry and handback of PFI/PPP contracts.

Inflation and PPPs

As current inflationary pressure threatens to burst the construction bubble, in the long run could it cause a boom in PPPs, asks Deputy Editor Jonathan Davies

Now and Next

Editor Paul Jarvis takes a look at some of the trends of 2021, and where the market is heading in 2022 and beyond

Belt Up and Build Back

As the West looks to take on China at its own game, where do PPPs fit into the geopolitical battle ground of infrastructure programmes? Jonathan Davies reports

Analysis: Show me the Green

Chancellor Rishi Sunak wants the UK to become a green finance centre. What will that mean for infrastructure investment?

Analysis: Completing the Jigsaw

Bangladesh has had a long run-up in preparation of becoming a PPP hotspot. Is it now ready to finally take off?

Analysis: Any Takers?

The UK is talking up its investment opportunities as part of its transition to a green economy. But it may struggle to drum up contractor interest, warns Paul Jarvis

Embracing Change

Wendy Farrington-Chadd has taken over the reins at Community Health Partnerships. She tells Paul Jarvis about the agency’s future direction

Out With the Old

Retrofit has come a long way in the past decade. Paul Jarvis takes a look at how the concept is now moving to centre stage in the climate change battle

We Will Keep Doing PPPs

Deputy Minister of Finance Odilbek Isakov speaks to Jonathan Davies on the journey Uzbekistan has taken, and where it plans to go

A Good Finnish

The Espoo schools project is Finland’s first locally led PPP. Paul Jarvis discovers why it could provide a model for many other countries

Analysis: The Sonia Sprint

With the Infrastructure & Project Authority’s guidance now published, the race is on to transition PFI contracts from Libor to Sonia

Net Zero Partnerships Report 2021

Partnerships Bulletin and Projects Bulletin have published an in-depth report looking at the Net Zero agenda

Analysis: The private finance mystery

The UK government continues to insist it wants private finance in public projects, but remain unclear on the mechanisms it wants to use

Getting Smarter

New technology offers the chance to put PPPs at the forefront of future infrastructure developments by encouraging a whole life view of assets. Paul Jarvis investigates

Cloud Computing

A project to deliver a new supercomputer to the UK Met Office has the potential to revolutionise the PPP market. Paul Jarvis reports