Sydney Metro is a planned automated rapid transit system in Sydney, New South Wales and Australia’s biggest public transport project. The project will deliver 31 metro stations and more than 66 kilometres of new metro rail in three stages: Sydney Metro Northwest, Sydney Metro City & Southwest and the most recently announced Sydney Metro West project which will connect the Parramatta and Sydney central business districts (CBDs).

The new infrastructure investment will transform Sydney for generations to come – doubling rail capacity between these two areas, linking new communities to rail services and unlocking housing supply and employment growth between the two CBDs.

Crossrail International’s expert procurement adviser, Martin Rowark, worked throughout 2018 with the Sydney Metro West leadership team to help define the programme’s strategic procurement plan, feeding into the metro extension project’s Final Business Case. The adopted strategy is based around the Procurement Module of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority’s (IPA’s) Project Initiation Routemap which has seen wide industry adoption on UK public sector infrastructure projects. (The IPA is the UK Government’s centre of expertise for major project development and delivery.)

Martin deployed the IPA’s Routemap framework to help Sydney Metro develop its delivery strategy drawing on the significant lessons learned from UK megaproject experience of High Speed 1 (HS1), the London 2012 Olympics, Heathrow Terminal 5 and Crossrail.

The Routemap is based around six pillars of procurement which formed the basis of the Delivery Strategy:

  1. Understanding and communicating Sydney Metro West requirements (outcomes and key outputs)
  2. Engaging the market
  3. Packaging the works
  4. Choosing the risk allocation (contracting) model
  5. Choosing the route to market/tendering
  6. Communicating the benefits

The six pillars link together to form an effective procurement approach.


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