Development of a National Infrastructure Plan

* Claim back your VAT
Find out more


A national infrastructure investment strategy defines a nation’s investment priorities for its infrastructure over an extended period of time. The aim of such a strategy is to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits to a nation through the production of a defined and costed National Infrastructure Plan (NIP). This programme has been designed to enable delegates to understand how the development and delivery of a national infrastructure investment strategy, aligned to a country’s (or region’s) economic, social and environmental policies, can meet its needs and help to drive economic growth.

The programme will also set out guidelines for developing the key components required for the production of a National Infrastructure Plan and develop understanding of what the plan needs to address.
This programme shows how the development of a correctly devised infrastructure strategy and its associated NIP can help to attract the necessary private capital for investment in national and regional infrastructure and also demonstrates the key role of Public Private Partnerships in supporting the efficient and timely delivery of major infrastructure projects, delivering long term value for money and quality public services.

Participants will gain knowledge and business acumen in the following key areas:

  • The fundamental principles of developing a National / Regional Infrastructure Investment Strategy and production of a National / Regional Infrastructure Plan
  • Capacity building and training
  • Development of a national / regional PPP Unit
  • Improving the legal / regulatory context for infrastructure investment
  • Promoting PPP opportunities amongst potential investors and financial markets
  • Infrastructure needs analysis
  • Skills in the development of sector-specific Strategic Service Models
  • Investment prioritisation and the use of Multi Criterion Analysis in formulating long term vision and medium term goals
  • Project funding versus project financing – matching needs to affordability
  • Investment decision making - best practice business case approval methodology 
  • Programme and Project Appraisal
  • Designing a pipeline of bankable infrastructure projects (allocation of risk)
  • Governance
  • Sustainability

Programme Objectives

By the end of programme delegates will be able to understand:

  • Principles of developing a national infrastructure investment strategy
  • Production of a National / Regional Infrastructure Plan
  • Infrastructure needs analysis
  • Strategic service modelling
  • Programme and Project Appraisal
  • Project prioritisation and investment decision making
  • Project Finance
  • Project preparation and Value for Money
  • Successful procurement and delivery, including the use of PPP
  • Project risk allocation and payment mechanism
  • Post contract / operational aspects of infrastructure projects

Training Methodology

This programme is designed to encourage delegate participation through a combination of group discussion, video, site visits, practical exercises and case studies.

Who should attend

  • Government ministers
  • Public sector senior officials and investment decision makers
  • Public sector planners
  • Policy development directors
  • Government and public service officers
  • Municipal officers
  • Project Financiers / Investors
  • Contractors
  • Service providers
  • Facilities Management companies
  • Utilities
  • Commercial banks
  • Project law firms
  • Financial Advisors
  • Environmental consultants
  • Development agencies



Central London Hotel Venue

All courses are held at four or five star venues in Central London, Zone 1. We strive to provide you with a training environment of the highest quality, to ensure that the whole learning experience exceeds your expectations.

Your training venue will be confirmed by one of our course administrators approximately 3-4 weeks before the course start date.

Related Courses



Do you have five or more people interested in attending this course? Do you want to tailor it to meet your company's exact requirements? If you'd like to do either of these, we can bring this course to your company's office. You could even save up to 50% on the cost of sending delegates to a public course.

To find out more about running this course in-house:

Our Tailored Learning Offering

If you want to run this course at a location convenient to you or if you want a completely customised learning solution, we can help.

We produce learning solutions that are completely unique to your business. We'll guide you through the whole process, from the initial consultancy to evaluating the success of the full learning experience. Our learning specialists ensure you get the maximum return on your training investment.


We can offer any of our public courses delivered at your office or we can devise completely tailored solutions:

Read more about our offering or complete a call back request to speak to a learning specialist.



Day 1

Overview: National Infrastructure Planning


Political expectations, government support, undertakings, and programme structure

Economic, social and environmental needs aligned to policies / development goals

Legal / regulatory context for infrastructure investment (drafting new PPP laws or amending existing laws and regulations to cope with a PPP agenda)

Establishment of an Infrastructure Unit to lead the development and implementation of the NIP

Infrastructure sectors - national perspective:

  • Transportation
  • Power
  • Health
  • Education
  • Housing

Case Study 1: Examples of international best practice National & Regional Infrastructure Plans
The National infrastructure Plans, and their development and implementation, from Australia and the United Kingdom will be used as examples of international best practice.

Strategic Service Modelling (infrastructure sectors)

  • Sector requirement / goals / priorities / policy
  • Defining what services will be required – service models
  • Infrastructure Audit
  • Infrastructure mapping
  • Vision for each infrastructure sector
  • Total System Design

Good Governance

  • Enabling institutions, procedures and processes
  • Competitively selecting the strategic private sector partner
  • Disclosing relevant information to the public
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Regulatory entity to appropriately oversee the contractual arrangements
  • Protecting the public interest


  • Sustainable development
  • Sustainability criteria and enhanced success of PPPs
  • Sustainability and award criteria
  • How sustainability goals can be translated into measurable specifications in the PPP contract
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Sustainable Development projects delivered through PPPs

Prioritisation against outcome-based goals: Judging which infrastructure deficiencies need to be addressed and in which order.

Assessing and Allocating Risk

  • Development risk
  • Completion risk
  • Cost increase risk
  • Performance risk
  • Operation risk
  • Market risk
  • Political risk
  • Environment risk
  • Social risk
  • Credit risk

Workshop: Creating a risk register
All infrastructure projects are subject to risk: at the planning and consultation stage, the implementation stage and even during the contract management phase.
In the PPP planning process, one of the first tasks is to identify all the risks at the different stages of the project. A key aspect of the PPP structure is its ability to help facilitate the transferring of risk to the party that is best suited to manage or minimise it. Participants will create a risk register based around a case study of a DBFO (Design, Build, Finance and Operate) project.

Day 2

Recap Day One: Establishment of a framework for the development of the National Investment Strategy:

  • Infrastructure Unit
  • Policy framework
  • Infrastructure sectors
  • Strategic Service Modelling
  • Project Prioritisation

Video: Public Private Partnerships. The video provides a quick introduction to the concepts of Public Private Partnerships.

Project Funding versus Project Finance

  • Funding profile
  • When to use PPP / conventional procurement

Use of Multi-Criterion Analysis to determine priorities across the sectors

  • Establish the decision context
  • Identify the options to be appraised
  • Identify objectives and criteria
  • ‘Scoring’: Assess the value associated with the consequences of each option for each criterion
  • ‘Weighting’: Assign weights for each of the criterion to reflect their relative importance to the decision
  • Combine the weights and scores for each option to derive an overall value
  • Examine the results
  • Sensitivity analysis

Use of Cost Benefit Analysis to determine priorities within each sector (Benefits Appraisal)

  • Strategic Context
  • Need
  • Objectives and constraints
  • Monetary costs and benefits
  • Risk
  • Non-monetary costs and benefits
  • Net Present value
  • Affordability
  • Preferred option

Project Viability Assessment: Matching needs to affordability (Bankability)

Project Viability:

  • Economic / political viability
  • Funding viability – public capital versus private capital
  • Legal viability (including PPP law)
  • Technical viability
  • Regulatory environment

Source country issues:

  • Political stability
  • Transparency / anti-corruption
  • Credit worthiness
  • Remittances

Project structure issues:

  • Shareholders
  • Funding / Financing structure
  • Third party risk allocation

Contractual Agreements:

  • Project agreement
  • Construction agreement
  • Operations and maintenance agreement
  • Off take purchase agreement

Case Study 2: Payment Mechanism

Participants will be issued with a bespoke payment mechanism and engage in discussion on the components of the mechanism for the DBFM project.

  • Identify gaps in funding and potential solutions
  • Time value of money
  • Equivalence relationships
  • Capital deficit
  • Financing Mechanisms

Day 3

Site Visits

Two site visits are arranged for day three of the programme.

Visit 1: London Hospital (Morning)

The NHS Foundation Trust is one of the most complex NHS trusts in the UK, serving a large and diverse population. The Trust has a turnover of £882 million and contracts with over 70 primary care trust commissioning bodies to provide services. The hospitals see over 950,000 outpatients and admit over 156,000 patients each year. The Trust is a Public Private Partnership.

Format for the visit

Presentation on the development of the Hospital PPP with a focus on the contract award process, design, construction, contract award and contract management.

Guided tour of the key areas within the facility. Particular emphasis will be placed during the walking tour on facilities management.

The visit will conclude with a question and answer session. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions relating to any aspect of the presentation or tour.

Visit 2: Government Building (Afternoon)

In 1999 Exchequer Partnership Plc (EP), a consortium of architects, developers and service providers was granted the lease of the building and a contract to provide high standard serviced office accommodation for 35 years through a Private Finance Initiative agreement. The complete refurbishment of 1 Horse Guards Road, formerly known as Government Office Great George Street (GOGGS), has allowed all Treasury staff to be housed in one building for the first time in 50 years.

Format for the visit

Presentation on the development of the facility with a focus on the contract award process, design, refurbishment, contract award and contract management.

Management of the redesign of an old building to modern standards.

Guided tour of the key areas within the facility. Particular emphasis will be placed during the walking tour on facilities management.

The visit will conclude with a question and answer session. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions relating to any aspect of the presentation or tour.

Day 4

Key emphasis will be on relating the learning on days one & two with the site visits on day three. The final morning will bring together this learning with the key elements in the production of the NIP.

National Infrastructure Development as a Public Policy Issue

  • Why do we need modern infrastructure
  • Infrastructure context
  • Issues with infrastructure delivery
  • Long Term Infrastructure Investment Strategy
  • How to Address the National Infrastructure Deficit

Steps to Produce a National Infrastructure Plan

Procurement Route – PPP or Traditional?

Realising Value

Case Study 3: Developing a major PPP Hospital

The case study will focus on the stages in the development of the largest PPP hospital in Ireland.

National Infrastructure Plan

  • Structure
  • Strategic Implementation Plan
  • Costed infrastructure plans
  • Co-investment – linking Strategic Service Models
  • Strategic Investment Plan

Course summary and close

Why us

We have a combined experience of over 60 years providing learning solutions to the world’s major organisations and are privileged to have contributed to their success. We view our clients as partners and focus on understanding the needs of each organisation we work with to tailor learning solutions to specific requirements.

We are proud of our record of customer satisfaction. Here is why you should choose us to help you achieve your goals and accelerate your career:

  • Quality – our clients consistently rate our performance ‘excellent’ or ‘outstanding’. Our average overall score awarded to us by our clients is nine out of ten.
  • Track record – we have delivered training solutions for 95% of worlds’ top 100 banks and have trained over 250,000 professionals.
  • Knowledge – our 150 strong team of industry specialist trainers are world leading financial leaders and commentators, ensuring our knowledge base is second to none.
  • Reliability – if we promise it, we deliver it. We have delivered over 20,000 events both in person and online, using simultaneous translation to delegates from over 180 countries.
  • Recognition – we are accredited by the British Accreditation Council and the CPD Certification Service. In an independent review by Feefo we scored 96% on service and 95% on product