A coalition of leading experts across engineering, architecture, planning, sustainability and academia, have been brought together to form the National Infrastructure Commission - and this week, they have launched their nationwide consultation on the future infrastructure needs of the UK.
The National Infrastructure Commission coalition includes; ICE, CBI, KPMG, Pinsent Masons, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, Graham Dalton (Independent), National Grid, London First, Green Alliance, Transport for Greater Manchester, Thames Water and the Scottish Council for Development and Industry, and has united to provide an independent report to inform long term infrastructure strategy to enhance the UK's position in the global economy, support a high quality of life and enable a shift to a low carbon future.
The Commission which was formed in November, aims to ensure that national decision-making is integrated with regional and local planning and is being chaired by Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) President and National Infrastructure Commission member Sir John Armitt.
The assessment delivered by the Commission will be based on evidence gathered from the nationwide consultation, evidence hearings, research being undertaken by the Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium, and a vast pool of data and analysis. It will take into account factors such as climate change, population growth and technological “game changers”.
It will also review different options for meeting the UK’s needs, considering affordability, public acceptability and environmental obligations. A report will be published in the autumn, setting out a vision for UK infrastructure up to 2050 and a series of interventions Government and industry will need to make to realise the vision.
Sir John Armitt, said: “Effective infrastructure drives regional and national growth, supports job creation and creates thriving, sustainable societies. But infrastructure is expensive, can be disruptive during construction, and requires fine political judgement so resources are best used to meet the country’s needs." “We will harness the coalition’s broad expertise and importantly, open the infrastructure debate up to all with a stake through our wide consultation.”
Find out more about the call for evidence and get involved at: www.ice.org.uk/national-needs-assessment