Rock Infrastructure

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Rock Infrastructure was founded in 2011 to provide structured solutions for large scale infrastructure projects. Working with private and public-sector bodies as an independent developer, Rock Infrastructure provides the strategic leadership to drive innovative, effective and successful value creating projects. Rock’s innovative approach and structured solutions ensure projects offer best value for money for the public sector and are workable for the long term through alignment of interests of all key stakeholders.

Rock Infrastructure has established itself within the Defence and Transport market and is currently working on developments within the Healthcare and Energy sectors developing leading-edge solutions that will deliver enhanced value into these markets.

Rock Infrastructure’s innovative approach has:

  • Assisted long term institutional investors to directly access opportunities in the infrastructure sector.
  • Driven better value for government and UK tax payers in the respect of the design, delivery and long-term provision of services from essential core infrastructure.
  • Created new opportunities to restructure and access supply chain markets to improve the efficiency and certainty of on-time delivery and budgets.
Rock Infrastructure has built a strong reputation and relationships with organisations operating within the defence sector and with the Ministry of Defence allowing Rock to provide effective strategic and structuring advice.

CAE Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility

CAE’s Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility (MSHATF) is a purpose built, state of the art facility that provides ground and simulation based training to RAF and Royal Navy crews of the Joint Helicopter Command as well as turn-key training to other third-party operators.

Rock Infrastructure was appointed by CAE in 2011 to provide strategic, structuring and negotiating expertise to support CAE in transforming the original PFI project into a training business with a long-term UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) services off take agreement and capable of selling its state of the art training services provision globally. This resulted in a successful agreement being reached in Autumn 2017 between CAE and the UK MOD, continuing the 20-year partnership for the provision of UK MOD aircrew training services at CAE’s MSHATF.

As lead advisor for the past 6 years, Rock Infrastructure has continued its long running association with CAE, with both Mark Swindell (Founding Partner) and Nick English (Partner) being involved in the bid phase and close of the original contract signed October 1997. Mark was lead legal adviser on the original bid and Nick, who worked for Hambros Bank at the time, was lead financial adviser.

“Rock brought unparalleled expertise and knowledge in navigating the complexities of public private partnerships and a unique perspective and innovative solutions to deliver a successful outcome for all stakeholders.”
Andrew Naismith
Managing Director
CAE Aircrew Training Services
“Rock Infrastructure has been instrumental in supporting CAE in reaching an agreement on the continued provision of training services to the MoD and in transforming the PFI into a training services business capable of selling its state of the art training services provision globally.”
Andrew Naismith
Managing Director
CAE Aircrew Training Services
Rock Infrastructure has built a strong reputation in the transport sector for delivering top priority infrastructure projects using innovative procurement structures which delivered best value for money. Rock has a core involvement in one of the largest infrastructure initiatives in the UK over the recent years, and is exploring the opportunities to invest in the Stonehenge Bypass (A303) and Lower Thames Crossing projects.

Mersey Gateway Bridge

One of the largest infrastructure initiatives in the UK over recent years, and identified as a top priority project within UK Government’s 2016 National Infrastructure Plan; the Mersey Gateway Bridge (MGB) opened October 2017 to time and on budget. It features a 2km state of the art free flow open road tolling system with three lanes in each direction, linking the Central Expressway in Runcorn with the main routes to the M62 and towards Liverpool in Widnes.

The recognisable landmark structure brought significant money and jobs to the region through the construction phase and has been developed to bring maximum benefits for users and local people. It is set to deliver huge ongoing economic, transport and social benefits including: over 4,500 new jobs, regeneration and inward investments, reduced congestion and pollution, shorter journey times, and improvements to local public facilities, thereby having minimal impact on the estuary and its surrounding environment.

Rock Infrastructure was appointed by Halton Borough Council as its development partner for the project in 2011 because of its highly innovative procurement strategy delivering savings of £250m and best value for money design, build, finance and operations. The project was the first to use the IUK Guarantees Scheme on a PPP infrastructure project.

“Rock have been instrumental in helping Halton bring the Mersey Gateway to market. Mersey Gateway is a complex and ground-breaking infrastructure project and Rock have been both innovative and effective in addressing a number of challenging areas, ensuring the project remains on time and on budget.”
David Parr
Chief Executive
Halton Borough Council