Public-private partnerships

Skanska is one of the world's leading infrastructure development companies with public-private partnership (PPP) projects in our home markets in the Nordic region, Europe and USA.

What we do

We invest in, develop and operate roads, hospitals, schools, airports and other infrastructure in partnership with the public sector.

Our success is based on integration and collaboration across the Skanska businesses, harnessing the full knowledge and capability of a truly unique team with capabilities to finance, develop, build, and operate and maintain complex infrastructure projects.

We take a very active management role to make sure that our assets perform according to expectations, while delivering long-term benefits to the communities we serve.

View some of our PPP projects in the Projects section.

Our projects

Some of our PPP projects include:

How we do it

Public-private partnership is a form of public procurement in which a project company owned by private companies is given responsibility for developing, financing, building, operating and maintaining public facilities such as large hospitals, schools, airports and highways.

It is a long-term contract between government entities, private investors, construction firms, and asset and operations managers.

The project is delivered by a consortium and the risks involved are transferred to the party most qualified to manage it. Repayment is long-term and done either through user fees (tolls) or availability payments from the government client, or a combination of the two.

The public client retains ownership of the asset and assumes responsibilities at the end of the contract term, which is usually 25-50 years.

How we create value

As the PPP investment is partially or entirely privately financed, public sector customers' costs can be spread over a longer period of time. A life cycle perspective is used to create resource-efficient, innovative and sustainable solutions. The project company's incentives become benefits for the customer:

  • Established total cost. An insurance against financial surprises.
  • A fixed annual price. The customer pays agreed compensation over a predetermined period.
  • Delivery on time with the right quality. Compensation is only paid once the facility goes into operation.
  • Frees up resources. Having a counterparty with overall responsibility allows the customer to focus on its core operations.

Skanska infrastructure development value creation 2017

The diagram shows the project cycle for a public-private partnership executed by Skanska.

Where we do it

We are active in a number of selected home markets in the Nordic Region, United Kingdom and USA. We target clients in the public sector.


Skanska's business stream Infrastructure Development, produces solutions for essential infrastructure in the form of public-private partnerships. Here is a selection of our competitors in Infrastructure Development:

  • Balfour Beatty
  • Ferrovial
  • Grupo ACS

Market outlook 2018

The public-private partnership (PPP) market in the USA is strong, albeit with considerable competition. In other markets the pipeline is thin, with opportunities being seen in the Norwegian market.

Do you want to join us?

We develop and build thousands of projects each year and manage the people, the finances, the design, the construction and the suppliers.

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Links to Skanska websites in countries where we offer PPP services

Financial figures for Infrastructure Development

View key figures, market drivers and trends for Skanska's business stream Infrastructure Development, which provides PPP services.

Infrastructure Development