i3P is based on the model developed for the infrastructure industry’s first major infrastructure project-based innovation programme, Crossrail’s Innovate18 programme. As it evolves, as well as supporting innovation, it will represent a library of best practice across the industry.
Crossrail’s Chief Executive, Andrew Wolstenholme, recognised the opportunity to develop a systematic innovation programme to harness the creative potential of Crossrail and its supply chain. Imperial College was comissioned to work with members of the Transcend Programme Partner to develop and deliver the Crossrail Innovation Programme Strategy. It directed the delivery of Innovate18, which ran from September 2012-December 2016.
Innovate18 started its journey with 12 members of the supply chain – as it evolved and “innovation fever” started to grow at Crossrail the rest of the supply chain (including non Tier 1) joined Crossrail on its innovation journey. By the end of the programme 18 organisations had joined the programme.
Capitalising on the success of Innovate18 – which led to over 450 innovations being shared and over £750,000 of investment – the Knowledge Transfer Network, Tideway and Crossrail have worked together to develop this platform, connecting industry partners and enabling industry collaboration on innovation to continue.