Sir John Armitt presents National Needs Assessment for UK infrastructure

The political world today gathered to hear ICE's President explain that population growth, demographic changes, climate change and economic trends will alter how infrastructure is used in the future.

The National Needs Assessment (NNA) brought together a coalition including industry, investors, environmental, legal and professional bodies, and politicians and opinion formers to deliver a 35 year view of the changing demands on infrastructure services. The NNA vision imagines a nation with balanced economic growth, thriving communities and a low carbon future. It sets out how the UK can become a world leader in a new technology-driven revolution in infrastructure services.

It is a blueprint for the National Infrastructure Commission’s own National Infrastructure Assessment, due to be published in 2018. In addition, it recommends areas for immediate attention through the NIC’s shorter term reports.

Following Sir John Armitt’s call for evidence, over 50 formal submissions were received which were fed into the findings and recommendations. A series of engagement events and workshops were also held across the UK to test and challenge some of the written submissions. Culminating at KPMG’s London offices in Canada Square earlier this year, they also give attendees the opportunity to engage in the wider debate regarding delivery of infrastructure in the UK.

In total, over 400 organisations and individuals engaged with the process which was picked up widely across national and trade media, as well as across social media using #UKInfraNeeds.

Academic research was undertaken by Oxford University’s Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium which also formed part of the evidence base, along with other economic and environmental data.

NNA launch speeches

ICE Director General Nick Baveystock
ICE President Sir John Armitt
Rt Hon David Gauke MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Energy, Transportation and Digital sectors were shown by the NNA to have the biggest impact on future infrastructure with a number of interdependencies. The NNA believes these three sectors will have the greatest impact on people’s lives in 2050 and steps need to be taken now to address challenges.

View a copy of the report along with the submissions from the NNA page.