South West Infrastructure Panel backs University of Bristol funding bid

A group of cross sector industry experts have backed a substantial bid for research funding which could change the way businesses engage with stakeholders.

Miranda Housden, ICE South West Regional Director
Miranda Housden, ICE South West Regional Director

The  South West Infrastructure Panel (SWIP) is an unique independent platform to provide informed, strategic and objective advice to the government on critical infrastructure issues in the region.

Convened by ICE,  the panel representing industry, business, academia, legal and local government,  responds collectively to regional influencers, advocating the need for further investment in the South West. 

The proposed research explores holistic ways of engaging with communities, builds on existing expertise offering evidence based, effective project planning.

The project will transfer the urban diagnostics methodology, developed by the UrbanID Urban Living Partnership Pilot Project to key South West England infrastructure stakeholders. It will be co-ordinated by the ICE South West Region, steered by SWIP.

The UrbanID methodology will be applied to the diagnosis of the challenges faced in the renewal of infrastructure provision across the SW peninsula.

South West stakeholders will be trained in the use of the methodology and underpinning theory through workshops across the region.

Some of the expected outcomes of the research will be an emerging shared vision for South West infrastructure provision and consensus about prioritised needs for improved infrastructure provision up to 2050 and beyond.

Miranda Housden, ICE South West Regional Director, is delighted ICE is working with key industry leaders and academia to create an evidence based report which has the potential to encourage economic growth in the region.

She said: “Working with the University of Bristol is a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference.

“Our industry requires long term strategic planning, and improving the ways in which we engage with members of the public is vital to ensuring future growth.”

The research also aims to give a preliminary analysis of the barriers which are impeding progress towards meeting these needs and a preliminary analysis of opportunities for overcoming these barriers.