National Needs Assessment - Call for evidence

The National Needs Assessment (NNA) is a project facilitated by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) to provide a cross-sector assessment of the UK’s national economic infrastructure – energy, transport, communications, water, waste and flooding - needs to 2050 and identify options for how they can be met.

Consultation Events

As part of the National Needs Assessment (NNA) call for evidence we are hosting a number of events to ensure we can engage with the entire infrastructure community.

Sessions are taking place throughout April. These events will test and challenge some of the written submissions, but also give attendees the opportunity to engage in the wider debate regarding delivery of infrastructure in the UK.

If you would like to attend, please select your chosen session and register via Pinsent Masons.

  • 12/04/2016 - Edinburgh: Pinsent Masons LLP, 139 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 9QG
  • 13/04/2016 - Birmingham: Pinsent Masons, 3 Colmore Circus, Birmingham, B4 6BH
  • 19/04/2016 - Manchester: Pinsent Masons LLP, 3 Hardman Square, Manchester, M3 3HF
  • 27/04/2016 - London: KPMG, 15 Canada Square, London E14 5GL

Registration will open at 8am. The full programme and speakers for the day will be sent over as part of your confirmation, closer to the event.

Join the debate on Twitter using the #UKInfraNeeds


If you have any further questions please contact Andrew Wescott at: or Jessica Dow at:

We value your input.

Further information

The analysis will be based on work delivered by the Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC) and insight generated from a consultation process. The conclusions of the NNA will be captured in a report to be published by October 2016.

The report will seek to influence the work of the National Infrastructure Commission in preparing its National Infrastructure Assessment and support the ultimate objective of improving Britain's prosperity and quality of life through creating greater continuity and certainty for UK infrastructure development.

Vision for UK Infrastructure and Deliverables to 2050

We will establish a vision and set of deliverables for UK national economic infrastructure in the period up to 2050.

Our vision is:

The UK will invest efficiently, affordably and sustainably in the provision of infrastructure assets and services to drive the economic growth necessary to enhance the UK's position in the global economy, support a high quality of life and shift towards a low carbon future.

This requires a comprehensive decision making framework which considers both demand and supply-side approaches to meeting the UK's needs and which can deliver:

  • Resilient, flexible and efficient infrastructure, designed with consideration for future technological advances and climate change and where asset and networks' cross-sectoral interdependencies are identified and managed.
  • National decision-making that is integrated with regional and local planning.
  • Timely investment in new low-carbon infrastructure capacity.
  • Technological innovation in the provision and consumption of infrastructure services.
  • Management of demand in ways that will enhance system efficiency and service quality.
  • Investment in resilience to ensure continuity of service when systems are under stress.
  • The efficient provision of infrastructure services which meet the changing needs of users.
  • Long-term, objective and consistent policy, regulatory and investment regimes.

Establishing strategic options

We will set out strategic options that will enable the UK to realise the vision and deliverables. We will test the performance of these options using the ITRC's modelling.

These options will include;

  • Major investments in new capacity.
  • Major demand management and behavioural change interventions.
  • The impact of technological change.
  • Adapting and mitigating to climate change.
  • Policy and regulatory change.
  • Alternative sources of financing and funding.

Constraints and considerations will include:

  • Affordability.
  • Financing and funding mechanisms.
  • Carbon and wider environmental impacts.
  • Public & political acceptability.
  • Technological feasibility.
  • Ability to deliver programmes and projects.

Call for Evidence Questions

Please note that there is no obligation to answer every question. Please support your answers with data, case studies and citations. We welcome suggestions for further reading to assist the researchers.

  • Do you agree with our proposed vision and outcomes? What amendments would you propose?
  • What will be the main drivers of demand for UK national economic infrastructure over the next 35 years that we should consider in our assessment?
  • What will be the main constraints on the UK's ability to provide sufficient UK national economic infrastructure assets and services over the period and what solutions or mitigations of those constraints should the UK adopt?
  • What nationally significant investments in capacity or changes in policy & regulation should we prioritise to deliver these outcomes and deal with these drivers of demand?
  • In what areas can demand management or other forms of behavioural change make a significant impact? What are the blockers and enablers for realising these opportunities?
  • How can greater cross-sectoral decision making be encouraged?
  • What opportunities and challenges are presented by devolution of infrastructure decision making?
  • What new and emerging technologies and disruptive trends should we consider in producing this assessment?
  • How can we improve public engagement in infrastructure decision-making?

How to submit evidence

The evidence submitted will inform the work of the National Needs Assessment Executive Group. It will be used alongside the research from the ITRC to inform the evidence base and content for the final NNA report.

Please submit your evidence in Word. The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Monday 29th February 2016. Please email submissions to

All individuals and/or organisations that submit evidence will be acknowledged in the final report. We may wish to publish some of the evidence submitted alongside the final report. If you do not wish to have your evidence published please note this in your covering email.

The Executive Group would like to thank you in advance for taking the time to submit evidence to this project.

About the Executive Group

This Group consists of the following organisations:

  • Institution of Civil Engineers
  • KPMG
  • Pinsent Masons
  • Oxford University and the Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium
  • Cambridge University
  • Confederation of British Industry
  • Thames Water
  • National Grid
  • Scottish Council for Development and Industry
  • Green Alliance
  • London First
  • Transport for Greater Manchester