Infrastructure Council

Our mission is to enhance the understanding of the relationship and interdependency between urban infrastructure and development, in order to improve its planning, design, investment, innovation and delivery in the UK, to create more sustainable towns and cities.

Further details of our upcoming programme can be found below including information on how to join.

Infrastructure Council

The UK Infrastructure Council aims to bring together leading investors and practitioners in real estate, urban development, transport, utilities and social infrastructure. As such the council utilizes ULI’s extensive public and private networks to exercise leadership to share best practice for the responsible investment, planning, design, development and innovation of urban infrastructure in the UK.

Our infrastructure focus varies from year to year, but includes a wide range of sectors, all of which underpin successful urban development, including but not limited to: Transport, Utilities, Education, Health, Community Facilities, Public Realm, and Housing. Our priority is on city scale infrastructure, and its relationship with development, although we also consider national infrastructure projects where there is a significant impact on real estate and urban development in UK towns and cities.

Our programme this year will focus on two main cross cutting themes:

  • Major infrastructure investment projects and the relationship with regeneration and development
  • City scale infrastructure investment and innovation to stimulate economic growth and development.

Who we are

We are financiers, infrastructure owners, developers, investors, leading engineers, academics, civil servants, innovators and entrepreneurs as well as other professionals all active in the UK infrastructure and urban development sectors. We welcome members and participants from the public and private, large and small organisations who care about advancing best practice across the all fields of the infrastructure and urban development fields.

Our approach

Our approach seeks to enhance understanding of the planning, funding, innovation and delivery of infrastructure and development in cities. We do this by identifying and sharing best practice, exploring lessons learned on previous projects, examining future planned projects and emerging innovation to identify opportunities for better integration.

This is achieved through organising round table discussions and seminars; site visits and tours; conferences; and providing experts to participate in ULI advisory panels.

We are exploring the opportunities to produce a series of materials which can promote best practice to a wider audience. Parties interested in supporting such a project are encouraged to contact ULI.

How to join the Infrastructure Council

  • Submit a formal request to Robert de Jong.  You may be asked to submit a CV or bio in order for the co-chairs to balance council membership.
  • Attend a meeting as a guest
  • View our upcoming public forums here: ULI UK Events

News

New leadership – ULI UK Infrastructure Council

ULI UK is delighted to share that Chris Choa has been appointed as chair of ULI UK. Chris will work closely with the broad range of programmes across ULI UK, including Infrastructure. “In an age of extraordinary political and systemic change for cities, this is a particularly interesting moment for ULI. “The Infrastructure Council is well-positioned to identify and develop new insights to inform the development of urban land.” We are pleased to share that Hugh Roberts and Paula Hirst as the new Co-Chairs for the ULI UK Infrastructure Council. … Read More

Battersea Power Station- Infrastructure Unlocking Regeneration

Wonderful blue skies greeted guests at the ULI Battersea Power Station Site tour on Thursday 3rd November. The gargantuan, grade II* listed power station was in clear view, and the cold Autumnal air contrasted with the hive of activity going on around the site. The day started with a presentation by Ian Dodds from Skanska, who shared the impressive numbers behind the regeneration of Battersea Power Station. With seven schemes due to be completed by 2025, the size of the project matches the development itself. Around $8-9 billion will be … Read More

Old Oak Park Royal Development and Old Oak Park Masterplan Forum

The Old Oak and Park Royal Development is the UK’s largest regeneration project and a centre of extraordinary change. Currently comprised of industrial sites, fragmented neighbourhoods, and extensive railway sidings, the area is poised to transform one of London’s most inaccessible areas into a well-connected, world-class transport interchange, providing new housing and commercial development, surrounded by sustainable and thriving neighbourhoods and valued amenity space. Positioned at the crossing of major transportation networks and the rump-end of the boroughs of Brent, Ealing and Hammersmith & Fulham, the Old Oak and Park … Read More

VISUALISING LONDON

Christopher Choa, Chair of the ULI Infrastructure Council, recently hosted a presentation at London City Hall.  ULI invited Jeremy Skinner (GLA, Head of Economic Growth & Enterprise), Andrew McMunnigal (GLA, Senior Policy and Projects Officer for Infrastructure) and Paul Hodgson (GLA, GIS & Infrastructure Manager) to discuss an extraordinary GIS map of London. The Infrastructure Group at the Greater London Authority (GLA) has developed this new map, which is currently in beta-testing. No other city has a map of this kind! Like many GIS applications, this database integrates an extraordinary … Read More

UK’s Largest Regeneration Scheme Old Oak and Park Royal – Connectivity and Flexibility

Old Oak and Park Royal has far reaching ambitions to be not only the UK’s largest regeneration scheme but an outstanding development based on its integration of infrastructure, business, community, public realm and sustainability. On the 26th January Michael Mulhern, Director of Planning provided ULI with an in-depth insight into the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation’s (OPDC) approach, as the site transitions to a multi-faceted development that will provide a new destination for business, industry, community and culture. Infrastructure attributes of the development include: £1bn infrastructure investment 10 … Read More

Driverless Cars and the City – Conference InfoBurst

Emerging technologies are blending mega-data, mobility and urban strategies with far reaching implications for our cities, governance and urban realm. Automated movement could undermine or support the development of sustainable, dense, urban cores; it is within this context that the ULI UK Infrastructure Council recently held the Driverless Cars Conference. The conference InfoBurst including speaker presentations can be found here: Driverless Cars and the City Conference InfoBurst Photos from the conference can be viewed here:  Driverless Cars and the City Implications of automated vehicles and mega data on our urban … Read More

Urban Implications of Driverless Cars

On the 12th October around 100 leading organisations, city officials, technology, design and property practitioners convened at City Hall, London to deliberate the implications of autonomous vehicles will bring to cities, mobility and urban realm. Led by Chris Choa, ULI UK Infrastructure Council Chair the conference went beyond the vehicle technology and outlined the reality of how our urban realm will be transformed and governance will need to adapt to meet this near future scenario. Some of the highlights of the conference include: Vehicles are not in use for an … Read More

Upcoming Conference

Driverless Cars and the City 12th October, London. Half day conference exploring how driverless vehicles will transform cities Emerging technologies are blending mega-data, mobility, and urban strategies. Will these innovations disrupt and remodel the workforce? Will automated movement undermine or support the development of urban areas? ULI will explore these questions at its ‘Driverless Cars and the City’ conference on 12th October in London. The conference will bring together researchers, professionals, developers, and government representatives to review current UK trials, movement simulations for European cities, and emerging policy, planning, property, … Read More

Hamburg Study Tour Review

HAMBURG STUDY TOUR REVIEW by Paul Winstanley, Partner, Allsop LLP If you want to encourage a wide range of stakeholders to come together and inspire large scale, mixed use, community based development, you need look no further than Hamburg for a template that delivers results. That was certainly the underlying message I took from attending the ULI’s Study Tour to the second biggest city in Germany in early June (as jointly arranged by the ULI UK Councils). In the UK we all too often debate what the bottle neck to … Read More

Who pays, Who finances, Who benefits?

Infrastructure finance is traditionally seen as a separate asset class to real estate yet the interdependencies of infrastructure success in terms of real estate investment and human capital are strongly correlated. The ULI Infrastructure Council recently convened a roundtable hosted by the Greater London Authority focusing specifically on this theme, to understand how the interrelationship of infrastructure finance could potentially be remodelled whereby the investment of infrastructure is correlated to those that will benefit. The summary of the event is available here: ULI UK Infrastructure Finance Roundtable_Summary_23 April 2015_FINAL