Research

In 2003, the construction industry was unable to successfully capture and transfer knowledge between disparate projects and utilise it to improve firm performance. Working with major industry partners including Laing O’Rourke, BAA and Crossrail our research developed a new model to efficiently deliver ‘mega-projects’ whilst capturing learning of wider organisational benefit.

Funded by the EPSRC Innovation Studies Centre (ISC), this model was first utilised in the planning of Heathrow Terminal 5and subsequently applied to Ascot Racecourse and the St Pancras Eurostar Terminal. Our experts were then invited to participated in the Learning Legacy Project during the construction of London 2012 Olympic Park and more recently to the development of Crossrail. Consequently, our extensive research in this area will help to shape the delivery of megaprojects for years to come.

In this video Dr Andrew Davies discusses the research and its impact on mega-project management in the construction industry.

Our Partners

  • "This long-term relationship has been fundamental and integral to the successful progress of Laing O'Rourke" - Paddy O'Rourke, Non-Executive Director, Laing O'Rourke
  • "[Imperial is] a unique university that is able to give me what I want to help me to deliver my mega-projects, and to help make the industry a better place" - Andrew Wolstenholme, Chief Executive, Crossrail

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Tune in to the podcast

In this podcast, Dr Andrew Davies, Reader in Innovation at the Business School discusses how his research into the management of megaprojects, such as Heathrow Terminal 5 and London 2012 Olympic Park, is helping to shape the future of megaprojects in the UK and abroad.

Podcast: Enabling successful megaprojects