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South West Infrastructure Partnership Integrating Route Map

Event organised by ICE

13 May 2021
13:30 - 15:00 BST (GMT+1)

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Join Rachel Skinner, ICE President as she hosts a special webinar and Q&A to mark the launch of the South West Infrastructure Partnership (SWIP) Integrating Route Map.

The route map, which is founded on fundamental learning and collaboration principles, is aimed at  guiding the region’s infrastructure stakeholders in building a new mindset and supporting capabilities to equip themselves with the capacity for brave, ambitious, knowledgeable leadership of net zero thinking and practice.

SWIP has undertaken an ambitious co-production process to generate the route map, working with more than 300 professionals and stakeholders in the region. The route mapping process has been co-ordinated by the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol and consisted of three  online workshops using a digital canvas tool to elicit sector and cross-sector information and develop the emerging proposition.

During this webinar, Peter Kydd, SWIP Chair with Professor Colin Taylor and Dr Neil Carhart of the University of Bristol will present the new route map for the first time. They will explain how it can support the ongoing drive to achieve net zero carbon infrastructure in the South West.

Andrew Page-Dove, Regional Director (South West), Highways England will give a response from the client viewpoint; Caroline Field, Resilient Shift and Arup, will respond on behalf of the consultant community; and Paul Santer, Regional Director, CECA South West will give a perspective from the civil engineering contractor sector.

A discussion of the route map will be chaired by Rachel Skinner and audience members will have the opportunity to share their views and ask questions.

Everyone is welcome at this free webinar, but the session is of specific interest to civil engineers and infrastructure professionals and stakeholders in South West England.

The event forms part of the 2021 ICE Presidential Visit to the South West region.


The previous SWIP workshops highlighted that decarbonisation is a poorly understood, ‘wicked’ system-of-systems problem in which beneficial actions on one part of the system can produce perverse outcomes in other parts if not holistically designed. The often-parochial business-as-usual (BAU) approach is blind to the fundamental complexities of the problem. BAU has created the existential challenge of climate change and is ill-suited to solve it.

A new holistic and systemic mindset and set of capabilities are needed.  The scale of the complex net zero challenge and its urgency demand brave, ambitious, knowledgeable leadership of innovative, holistic, and systemic change at all levels.

Recordings of previous workshops (excluding the breakout group discussions) are available via the ICE event archive.


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About the South West Infrastructure Partnership (SWIP)

The South West Infrastructure Partnership (SWIP) is a collaboration of organisations and professionals from across the South West, all with an interest in how we shape our region. It was founded in 2017 by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) South West which continues to act as its secretariat.

SWIP is aimed at encouraging joined up thinking and brave knowledgeable leadership as the region faces the twin challenges of becoming net zero whilst delivering the necessary infrastructure. The SWIP steering group includes senior industry figures from Highways England, Network Rail, Bristol Port Company and The Environment Agency. The organisation has more than 150 contributors, made up of civil engineers and infrastructure professionals who contribute to SWIPs activities and outputs.

SWIP works throughout the wider South West region, including Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, and everywhere in between.