Infrastructure and Projects Authority

The Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) is the United Kingdom government's centre of expertise for infrastructure and major projects. The IPA sits at the heart of government, reporting to the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury. The core teams include experts in infrastructure, project delivery and project finance who work with government departments and industry.

Infrastructure and Projects Authority
Agency overview
Formed1 January 2016
Preceding agencies
  • Infrastructure UK
  • Major Projects Authority
JurisdictionUnited Kingdom
Headquarters1 Horse Guards Road, London, United Kingdom
Agency executive
  • Nick Smallwood, Chief Executive
Parent agencyCabinet Office and HM Treasury

The IPA supports the successful delivery of all types of infrastructure and major projects; ranging from railways, schools, hospitals and housing, to defence, IT and major transformation programmes. The IPA leads the project delivery and project finance professions across government.

The IPA was formed in 2016 by the merger of Infrastructure UK (IUK) and the Major Projects Authority (MPA).[1] The IPA Chief Executive was Tony Meggs until July 2019, when he was replaced by Nick Smallwood.[2]

IUK was established in 2010 to support major infrastructure projects involving public sector capital; and the MPA was established in 2011 with a mandate to oversee and assure the largest government projects.

In December 2017 the IPA issued the Transforming Infrastructure Performance report aimed at achieving annual savings of £15 billion per year in infrastructure procurement by increasing collaboration and innovation.


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