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National Needs Assessment - A Vision for UK Infrastructure

18 October 2016

The NNA states what needs to be done now and the decisions that need to be taken to deliver services for our infrastructure needs until 2050.

It provides a blueprint for the government-backed National Infrastructure Commission's own National Infrastructure Assessment, due to be published in 2018.

The NNA report recommendations include:

  • A long-term strategic approach to infrastructure provision for the UK.
  • Government should commit to stable policies for infrastructure that transcend political cycles, particularly for energy.
  • The UK's future infrastructure needs are intertwined - transport needs energy, housing needs transport, energy and water.
  • Technological innovation means people are used to paying for infrastructure services in different ways and funding models should evolve accordingly.
  • Innovation and training are key to reducing the costs of building and operating infrastructure.

National Needs Assessment - A Vision for UK Infrastructure (PDF)

Content type: Policy

Last updated: 17 October 2016

Authors: Atkins, ICE and ITRC

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VIDEO: Launch of the National Needs Assessment by The Rt Hon David Gauke MP, Chef Secretary to the Treasury.

About the National Needs Assessment

This is a prime example of the exceptional quality of research and thinking being done in the UK at the moment around our future infrastructure needs.

One of my top priorities is to make sure we make sensible choices about how we invest to meet our long-term infrastructure needs and this National Needs Assessment will make an invaluable contribution to the decisions that are ultimately made.

Why is the NNA relevant to industry?

By Nick Roberts, CEO UK & Europe, Atkins

Why is the NNA important to the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC)?

By Adam Cooper, Director of Policy and Engagement, National Infrastructure Commission

How does the NNA contribute to the work of the Infrastructure Projects Authority (IPA)?

By Keith Waller, Senior Adviser, Infrastructure Projects Authority

What is the National Needs Assessment?

By Andrew Wescott, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, ICE

Download the two-page executive summary for the National Needs Assessment report.

National Needs Assessment - A Vision for UK Infrastructure - Executive summary (PDF)

Content type: Policy

Last updated: 24 October 2016

Authors: Atkins, ICE and ITRC

50 formal entries were received during the consultation process. Each of these responses is available for download below.

  • Sir John Armitt, Chair, President Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Martin Baggs, former CEO Thames Water
  • Nick Baveystock, Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Graham Dalton, Independent
  • John Dickie, London First
  • Jim Hall, Oxford University & Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium
  • Steve Holliday, former CEO National Grid
  • Rhian Kelly, CBI
  • Jon Lamonte, Transport for Greater Manchester
  • Professor Lord Robert Mair, Cambridge University
  • Robbie Owen, Pinsent Masons
  • Richard Threlfall, KPMG
  • Gareth Williams, Scottish Council for Development and Industry

  • Atkins
  • ICE
  • ITRC

  • Atkins
  • ICE
  • ITRC
  • KPMG
  • Pinsent Masons
  • Andrew Wescott, head of policy and public affairs at ICE