Learning to Deliver a Mega-project: The Case of Heathrow Terminal 5

Brady, Tim and Davies, Andrew (2010) Learning to Deliver a Mega-project: The Case of Heathrow Terminal 5 In: Caldwell, Nigel and Howard, Mickey, eds. Procuring Complex Performance: Studies of Innovation in Product-Service Management. Routledge, New York, USA, pp. 174-198. ISBN 9780415800051

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Abstract

Most ‘mega’ projects are overdue, over budget and fail to meet the client’s original specifications (Flyvbjerg et al, 2003). Cost overruns of 50% are typical and overruns of 100% not unusual. The reconstruction of Wembley Stadium, for example, ended up 80% over budget and four years later than originally planned. For a long time, Heathrow’s Terminal 5 appeared to be bucking the trend, it was on schedule and to budget, only for defeat seeming to be clutched from the jaws of victory at its official opening on March 27th 2008 when “what should have been an occasion of national pride was in fact an occasion of national embarrassment.” (HC 543, 2008). Multiple problems arose with the baggage handling system, issues with staff car parking, and security procedures for staff needing to move airside. The newspaper headlines that week were damning. That the building had been delivered on time and to budget was forgotten in the wave of bad publicity which left a general perception that T5 was another failure when in fact it had much to celebrate.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mega project; Project performance; Innovative approach; Learning from projects; Project capabilities; Heathrow; Innovation; CENTRIM
Subjects: N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies > N210 Management techniques > N215 Change and Innovation
N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies > N210 Management techniques > N213 Project management
Faculties: Brighton Business School > Centre for Research in Innovation Management
Depositing User: editor centrim
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2010 11:36
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2014 15:15
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/7754

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