It was launched last week in Birmingham's council chambers by ICE President Sir John Armitt, where he re-iterated ICE's support for the Government's goals of devolution - rebalancing the UK economy and driving local growth and extolled the virtue of infrastructure's many potential benefits.
The report summarised that devolution of infrastructure policy has many potential benefits. Decisions can be based on an understanding of local needs, integration of services is easier to deliver on a local scale and securing vital public support for projects more achievable when it is the same community that benefits.
It concluded that placing infrastructure improvements at the heart of the devolution agenda could significantly boost local growth, environmental sustainability and quality of life - and with the right investment, frameworks and skills Combined Authorities can realise these full benefits.
In a sign of the UK's appetite for further devolution, the launch was picked up across 41 national, regional and trade print media outlets as well as broadcast (radio and TV) and online media, with an audience reach of 531,495. Highlights included City AM, expert opinion columns on Guardian.com and Politics Home, and news stories in key regional and devolved nation titles including the Yorkshire Post and Belfast Telegraph.
The wider devolution campaign itself reached and even wider audience, appearing across 68 media outlets with an audience reach of 758,617.
The report drew its evidence from a wide range of resources including regional workshops and focus groups, stakeholder interviews and a public opinion survey as well as the expertise of ICE's knowledge panels. It follows a series of posts on ICE's Infrastructure Blog, where a number of experts such as Dr Robert Rogerson, Deputy Director of Institute for Future Cities at the University of Strathclyde, discuss the impact of devolution on UK infrastructure.