PFI Handback Advisory

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What is PFI Handback?

The UK’s portfolio of 700+ PFI projects is approaching expiry. Over 150 contracts will come to an end within the next decade, requiring Government Departments, NHS Trusts, Local Authorities and other procuring authorities to carefully consider their contractual rights and future options.The expiry of a PFI project presents both complex challenges and a number of opportunities. The public sector needs to ensure that its private sector partners have fully delivered on their contractual commitments to ensure that assets “handed back” are fully compliant to avoid exposing the public sector to future financial liabilities.Procuring authorities will also need to consider their future needs and preferred delivery methodologies for the service currently provided under PFI arrangements.

P2G Contract Support LLP offers an expert service to support you through the transition process from preparing for successful PFI expiry to self-delivery of services.

Preparing for Transition

Preparing for PFI handback is an important task for public sector organisations. There are a number of things that you can do to ensure the process goes smoothly:

1. Ensure Contractual Compliance

 When a PFI project reaches its end date, public sector procuring authorities must ensure that their private sector partners have fully delivered on their contractual deliverables. This requires careful scrutiny of existing contracts to ensure that all obligations have been met and assets “handed back” are fully compliant. Any financial liabilities that the public sector may be exposed to in the future need to be considered and addressed prior to project expiry.

2. Consider Future Needs

Expiry provides a unique opportunity for the public sector to consider its current and future needs. Existing contracts will need to be reviewed to identify areas where improvements can be made and assess delivery methods that are more-suited to future requirements. Changes to service requirements, modernisation of existing facilities and future flexibility should be considered.

3. Explore Delivery Methodologies

When exploring new delivery methodologies, procuring authorities should consider several factors such as cost-effectiveness, sustainability, flexibility and scalability. It is important to evaluate the various delivery options and select the one that best suits the public sector’s and your organisation’s specific needs. Routes to procurement need to be assessed to ensure value for money is achieved.

4. Plan for Transition

The transition from existing PFI arrangements to future delivery models requires careful planning. This process should commence at least 7 years prior to expiry of the PFI contract to give time for the necessary technical, commercial and legal arrangements to be implemented. The transition plan requires frequent monitoring to ensure that progress remains on track.

How P2G can help support the transition

Our comprehensive support for PFI contract expiry includes efficient contract management, tailored service plans, and expert financial settlement. We ensure a seamless transition with minimal disruption, delivering long-term value and financial sustainability. Our experience in successfully guiding various public sector organizations through handback processes strengthens compliance and accountability. Contact us today to benefit from our expertise in managing your PFI contract expiry.

Preparing for PFI Project Expiry

The expiry of a PFI project offers opportunities alongside complex challenges. P2G Contract Support LLP provides expert services to support the transition, ensuring private sector partners have delivered their contractual commitments and helping public sector organisations identify future needs and delivery methodologies for optimal value for money.

Handback Checklist

At the end of a PFI contract, various items need to be addressed, including documents, physical assets, knowledge transfer, stock, guarantees, warranties, staff transition, and lifecycle management. For a comprehensive checklist, click read full checklist below.


PFI Handback refers to the process when a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) project reaches its expiry, and the assets and services provided under the PFI contract are returned to the public sector authority. It’s crucial because it ensures that private sector partners have fulfilled their contractual obligations, thereby protecting the public sector from potential future financial liabilities.

Preparing for PFI handback involves multiple steps, including ensuring contractual compliance, considering future needs, exploring alternative delivery methodologies, and planning for transition. Each step plays a significant role in ensuring a smooth handback process and preparing for continued service delivery post-handback.

The end of a PFI contract provides a valuable opportunity to reassess your organisation’s current and future needs. This could involve identifying areas for improvement in the existing contract, assessing modern service delivery methods, and considering changes to service requirements, potential facility upgrades, and future flexibility.

When considering new delivery methodologies post-PFI, evaluate options based on cost-effectiveness, sustainability, flexibility, and scalability. The best choice will depend on your organisation’s specific needs, and you should assess different procurement routes to ensure value for money. This is where P2G can help.

It’s recommended that the transition planning process begins at least 7 years prior to the expiry of the PFI contract. This timeframe allows for the necessary technical, commercial, and legal arrangements to be implemented, and provides adequate time for monitoring progress to ensure a seamless transition.

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