National Infrastructure: SWOT
Panel: Victoria Lenzoi Lee (Design Council); David Bowers (Steer Group); Tim Morris (The UK Major Ports Group)
Chair: Steve Norris (NIPA Council Chairman)
National Infrastructure Projects bring with them a range of opportunities for the development sector. They also offer their host communities a chance to reshape their local areas and their local economies.
However, as we have seen with recent schemes, such as HS2 and the third runway at Heathrow, National infrastructure projects also bring with them a great deal of uncertainty for all built environment stakeholders. The form of the project may change over time. For instance, the route taken by a highways project or railway may go through a series of revisions. Budgets and timelines grow. In some cases, projects are ultimately cancelled following years of planning and preparation.
This uncertainty naturally has a knock-on effect for the planning and development sectors, and for local authorities planning for new development.
This seminar will hear from experts in the field who will discuss the successes and failures of dealing with major infrastructure planning and how developers and planners should react in order to maximise opportunities.