Major Capital Projects

22 November 2018

Work in progress

We are currently undertaking work in order to produce this publication.  Details of when we aim to publish the finalised report are indicated below. 

Work In Progress

Since 2008, over £11 billion has been invested in Northern Ireland public service capital projects.  A further £8 billion is to be invested by 2021.  This investment has enabled improvement to our roads, public transport, healthcare facilities, school and libraries, water and waste water treatment facilities and telecommunications. As well as improving public facilities, capital investment across the public sector supports many local businesses and protects private sector jobs. 

Major capital projects are expensive, high profile and carry uncertainties and risks. While there is much in the way of procurement/project management guidance/good practice, there are numerous examples of high profile projects failing to be delivered to cost and/or time, or delivering the intended outcomes.

The Ministerial Statement on the 2016-17 budget (issued in December 2015) acknowledged that funding certainty over several years was necessary to secure delivery of some capital projects.  To address this, the Northern Ireland Executive identified seven flagship projects as its highest priority. Total investment for these projects over the period from 2016-17 to 2021-22, was estimated at just over £1 billion.


Flagship Project

Allocation over the period 2016-17 to 2021-22

(£ million)

A6 Road


A5 Road


Mother and Children’s Hospital


Belfast Transport Hub


Belfast Rapid Transport


Regional & Sub-regional Stadia


Desertcreat College





Our report will present an overview of the major capital projects portfolio in central government. It will detail progress of a number of projects (including the seven NI Executive Flagship Projects) and highlight the challenges NI public bodies face managing capital projects.


We plan to publish our report late 2019.