Cities are more economically active and have a lower environmental footprint than average, but they are struggling with climate change, changes in population, congestion and pressure on resources. To succeed in the future, new integrated and city-wide solutions are needed.
More than £6.5tn will be invested globally in city infrastructure over the next 10-15 years. The accessible market for integrated city systems is estimated to be £200bn a year by 2030.
The UK has the strength to exploit this market. We have world-leading companies in project management, engineering, architecture, energy and transport systems, communications and the digital economy, finance, legal and insurance. Our ability to bring together the cluster of companies needed to design, finance, risk manage and execute large infrastructure projects makes the UK a major global centre for such projects. The Future Cities Catapult will join business, city governments and academia in a unique collaboration to enable business to develop products and services for the cities of the future.
It will test innovative business solutions in a series of large-scale demonstrator projects, help to put the citizen at the heart of the city by integrating city systems, and take on challenges such as increasing city density without increasing congestion and moving to a low-carbon economy. The Catapult's three initial capabilities will be the Future Cities Laboratory, Future Cities Open Platform and Future Cities Financing.
We are now working with businesses, cities and the engaged science and research base to scope these key capabilities in more detail whilst we recruit the leadership team. To contribute towards this we encourage you to join the Future Cities Special Interest Group.
An announcement of which city will host the Future Cities Catapult is expected towards the end of February.
Download the scope and vision PDF.
Testing the vision and creating the business plan
An online survey was created to enable individuals and organisations, including companies, academic centres, cities and NGOs, to comment on the vision and scope, and to point out any gaps or inconsistencies.
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