City Councils' Feasibilities Studies


Thirty councils have been selected to carry out feasibility studies for the Future Cities Demonstrator Programme over the coming months.

The thirty councils will receive £50,000 each from the government's innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board ( to complete feasibility studies showing how they could integrate their transport, communications and other infrastructure to improve the local economy, increase quality of life and reduce impact on the environment.

The cities that have completed the feasibility studies will also be able to submit a proposal for a large-scale 'future cities demonstrator', showing how the city's multiple systems will be integrated and how challenges in the city will be addressed - and one successful city will be awarded £24m funding to implement their proposal.

The Future Cities Special Interest Group will be working with the selected councils to facilitate introductions.

Click here to view a list of the selected councils and the key point of contact for each council. Please note this information is available to members of the Future Cities Special Interest Group only.

Download the Interim Summary Report or see the full versions of the feasibility studies below.





Study Name & Description

Belfast City Council

Urban empowerment; Green synergies for smart, prosperous neighbourhoods
The aim of the project is to create small scale energy plants in neighbourhoods that are linked together to power homes and businesses, and also tie in IT facilities, and community food production. The result being a new connected community for the 21st Century Local solutions will enable the Council to create a new vision of a future low carbon city. The vision integrates existing waste resources with local expertise in SME's, with community action, to improve urban performance, not only from an economic perspective, but also from spatial, community and environmental viewpoints.

Birmingham City Council

Birmingham Citi-Sense: Making sense of city life for a better future powered by a digital ecosystem of innovation and enterprise
Birmingham is investing significantly in future proofing the city in response to increasing pressures to meet ambitious targets with limited resources. Birmingham 'Citi-Sense' will provide a unique opportunity to look at the potential  of a new digital ecosystem to lever collective action that will have bigger impact on jobs, tackle low carbon living, mobility and high quality of life. The digital ecosystem will support business innovation, improve timely decision making and large scale citizen engagement to accelerate opportunities and create real benefits for citizens and businesses. 'Citi-Sense' will explore the benefits and challenges of integrating some of the city's many systems and the potential of a platform to host a smart city services marketplace, generate revenue and business advantages through data sharing and service improvement for the City and the business community.

Brighton and Hove Council

Planet Super City: Brighton & Hove
Three and a half planets; the number of planets required if everyone consumed the same level of resources as the city of Brighton & Hove. The city council and its partners have committed to making Brighton & Hove a one planet super city. It is a trailblazing initiative. A One Planet Super City is only achievable with a coherent integration of systems where the aims and objectives of raising prosperity and social well being is balanced with management of the environment and economic growth. All overseen by a governance and engagement system  that facilitates collaboration and co-production for the goal of a one planet city.

Bristol City Council

Connect Bristol
Bristol faces challenges typical of many cities; climate change, energy resilience, congestion, health and well being of a diverse, ageing population and the transition to a low carbon economy. What sets us apart from other cities is the richness of our public-private-people partnerships and we champion innovative approaches to tackling city issues through the smart deployment of ICT and digital connectivity. Connect Bristol will explore how to leverage existing investment and relationships, and create new ones, to produce a global showcase to open-up and integrate smart city systems. It will explore the implementation of a citywide, cloud-based partnership platform to aggregate, integrate and innovate; providing a mechanism to derive greater economic, social and environmental value from data currently embedded in separate organisational systems. It will anticipate the explosion of data that the Internet of Things and an increasingly dispersed energy production system will bring.

Cambridge City Council

Cambridge Future City
Cambridge Future City focuses on improving transportation, resource management, transparency and digital engagement across the urban area using technology. The city will be less congested, more vibrant and better connected as a result. Whilst a focus for globally significant science, idea creation and commercialisation, Cambridge is also a successful, compact and tight-knit place - attuned to the need of business, residents, students and visitors. The dual nature of the city means that technology-advanced innovations can be tested intelligently here & be both scaleable & replicable elsewhere. This proposal  - endorsed by Cambridge's cleantech, wireless, ICT, engineering, architecture, digital and life sciences networks. Our universities, civic and business communities - is made by Cambridge City, together with South Cambridgeshire and Cambridgeshire County.

Cardiff Council

Cardiff: Future City Demonstrator
Cardiff, like many cities around the world, is facing challenges managing its growth in a sustainable and prosperous way. The project will see the development of a virtual 3D city model to collect and manipulate data in order to monitor and control vital city functions such as, energy, transport, health, water, waste etc, in a holistic manner and develop a full understanding of how they interconnect and interdepend. The project will focus in particular on the role of Cardiff City centre as the heart of a rapidly growing city and as the retail, leisure, commercial and transport hub for city-region of 1.4m people. It will work with businesses, universities, third sector and citizens to ensure the delivery of a vibrant, prosperous, low carbon, healthy and happy city, and will form the platform upon which Cardiff can achieve its ambition of becoming a 'One City Planet' by 2050.

Coventry City Council

Coventry: Demonstrating Tomorrow, Today
Coventry City Council and its partners are working on plans to ensure that the city's future is secure ad successful. Coventry will demonstrate new and exciting ideas that are designed to benefit both people and businesses. The programme of work, funded by the Technology Strategy Board, will involve the universities, businesses, other partners and citizens. It will focus on challenges such as congestion and energy usage and connect systems together so they work in an improved and more efficient manner.

Derby City Council

Derby: Future City Demonstrator
Derby's approach to the Future Cities Demonstrator is to create an holistic, sustainable future city system, through the use of developing technologies to support city life which will help drive Derby to a transformational future. This study will look at the feasibility of, and the benefits which can be obtained from integrating different systems operated by the city council and its partners. This study will look at linking together the traffic control and information systems in Derby, operated by the City and County Councils, public transport operators and Highways Agency; the potential for using smart energy management techniques and systems to reduce fuel costs; and the potential  for community health and care service providers to be able to communicate and work more effectively with service users. This will include looking at the potential role that smartphone apps could have in improving communications between residents and public services.

Dundee City Council

Dundee: A Smart Future
This project will will deliver a comprehensive feasibility study that focuses on the potential to develop and utilise a wide range of integrated city systems to support the growth of the city's economy, creating jobs and providing opportunities for local people. The project has 3 key actions:
1. Waterfront Regeneration: enhance existing investment in the regeneration of Dundee's waterfront using the available funding to build in the technologies required to help reduce energy consumption and make the sites attractive to investors through the inclusion of high-tech solutions to energy, ICT,
2. Make information on the city accesible to all  using technology and interactive systems so that it can be used to support the development of new services and address need.
3. Engage companies that are creating innovative new products & provide them with the opportunity to test those products & services through engaging  with local people & on site in test environments.

Enfield Borough Council

City Marketplace - Enfield
Linking services across the city from education, employment, healthcare, business and communities to create a more innovative, prosperous and healthier community with business growth, social development and accessible customer focused and integrated services.

Glasgow City Council

Glasgow City Management System
Glasgow presents unique opportunities to integrate new developments and city systems to deliver more efficient services, promote investment and jobs. Tackle climate change and generate new revenue streams for the city.  We aim to develop a City Management System integrating urban services and infrastructures (transport, water, energy), using multiple data sources, enabling the city to be understood in new ways and making integrated data available through a City Observatory. We will integrate low carbon energy systems - seeing the city's resources, infrastructure, energy demand and investment as a whole. We will promote commercialisation of new technologies by engaging with academic institutions and businesses. We aim to make Glasgow a better place to live, work, learn and invest. The 2014 Commonwealth Games will provide world-wide visibility of our integrated approach.

Ipswich Borough Council

Smart Ipswich
Description: Ipswich: Our vision is for Ipswich to be a smart small city. It will improve the quality of life for all who live in, work in, study in and visit Ipswich by delivering growth to create jobs and opportunities while ensuring that development takes place in a sustainable way. We want Ipswich to be one of Europe's leading smart cities with an internationally recognised centre of smart city learning and research enabled through this Demonstrator project. This project will provide four key aspects for enabling Ipswich as a Smart Small City; 1. Provision of a technology platform that integrates city wide data, which is accessed and linked with people, places and businesses. 2. Identify the key challenges in Ipswich that will benefit from data integration 3. Provide a test-bed for establishing and developing new technology solutions that bring business, education and governance solutions to Ipswich. 4. To enable other cities and technology partners to utilise the expertise gained through this demonstrator to exploit new solutions to benefit UK based businesses and city wide systems.

Leeds City Council

"Better connected" - Enabling Prosperity, Well-being, Responsibility and Resilience
Description: Leeds and Bradford are working closely together to promote sustainable low carbon growth along the urban corridor connecting them, using the opportunities provided by investment in ultrafast broadband and world leading innovation in health care and medical technology, transport, buildings, energy and water services, and flood alleviation and prevention measures. By co-ordinating and integrating these systems, using the latest technologies, the aim is to deliver sustained growth in jobs and investment which will more than match the increase in population forecast for both cities. The transformation will offer the opportunity to trial new innovations in governance including the development of 'Civic Enterprise' with the public sector becoming more enterprising and private sector becoming more civic. The bid is backed by a wide range of leading companies and HEI's.

Leicester City Council

Leicester, Low Carbon City
Leicester's City Mayor has established the City Partnership to deliver the ambitious aim of creating a low carbon city: a city with its own power station providing both electricity and heat to homes and businesses; a city creating new jobs in energy efficiency and renewable energy;  a city with energy efficient homes and businesses; a city maximising its local food potential, minimising its waste and a city that is developing low carbon transport systems. This proposal is to integrate many issues into a coordinated programme to bring efficiencies that deliver social, economic and environmental benefits with greater impact and lower cost. It will integrate the low carbon city objective with affordable homes, jobs, quality of life, young people, culture and sport.
 The feasibility study will allow us to identify the most appropriate low carbon interventions to make on a citywide scale to help improve quality of life for those living and working in Leicester.

London Borough of Camden

"Hub and Pod" Anaerobic Digester Waste and Energy Network
This project will look at the feasibility of creating a small scale Anaerobic Digester network, which is a renewable technology that transforms food and other organic wastes into clean, renewable fuel and fertiliser. This can to take advantage of the energy potential within the substantial food waste produced daily by Camden's businesses and residents. By generating clean energy from food waste, Camden will be able to tackle the stresses to its waste systems as well as provide energy for taxis and buses and where appropriate energy efficient Combined Heat and Power systems which simultaneously generate electricity and heat for local buildings.  The digestate will then be redistributed back to Camden residents as fertiliser and soil conditioner to ensure there is no waste in the system.

Greater London Authority

London Future Cities Demonstrator
London's Demonstrator will bring together our world-leading expertise in the engineering, innovation and service industries to unlock the value from city systems integration, demonstrating at scale the exportable solutions that will transform cities of today into Future Cities. Our demonstrator will stretch from the edges of the City, through the East End to major regeneration areas of the Lower Lea Valley, Greenwich and Barking Riverside, addressing the challenges of old and new cities: pollution, congestion, inequalities and growth, making this the ideal crucible for the Future Cities challenge. London will demonstrate digital and physical systems integration to deliver dynamic efficiencies, resilience, new business and employment opportunities, improved services, participation and quality of life. The Mayor of London will make sure the London Demonstrator delivers exponential value, learning and exposure to UK and global cities.

Manchester City Council

Manchester: Future City
Description: Manchester: Future City is an exciting project that will develop practical solutions to the challenges facing post-industrial cities as they seek to meet the energy, waste, water and transport needs of the future. This will focus on integrating systems and creating a knowledge platform for further integration that will also stimulate innovation, support strategic decision making and respond to and shape consumer choice. The feasibility study will build on existing partnership across the City, including between the Universities, hospital, science park, public and private sector to develop a full Demonstrator proposal that shows the benefit and priorities for integration. These will be radical and transformative supporting Manchester's ambitions as a world class city.

Milton Keynes City Council

Future-Ready MK
As a place of technological and societal innovation supported by local universities, Milton Keynes functions like a prototype Future City Demonstrator. Building on its economic strengths and its civic vision, MK will integrate its city-wide systems to maximise enterprise and jobs growth, business innovation, research and technology development. Integration will include community engagement, energy, health and wellbeing, housing, infrastructure planning and regeneration, transport and waste management. Integration will build on existing innovative projects such as a smart grid, electric mobility and telehealth. Outcomes will have a positive impact on the urban environment, citizens' experiences and the quality of life. MK is growing with opportunity and offers a future-ready city in which people enjoy living, learning and working and where enterprises can develop innovative services that help manage future economic, environmental and social demands.

Newcastle City Council

The Future Tyne and Wear Conurbation
Description: The project will comprise a Feasibility Study exploring the future development of the Tyne and Wear conurbation - drawing on expertise from Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland Councils supported by academic and business partners. The project will build on the area's test bed philosophy and consider how integration and collaboration amongst public and private partners (such as IT, water and energy infrastructure providers) can provide further platforms for innovative companies, particularly SMEs, to test their ideas; create integrated management systems; reduce adverse impacts of manufacturing; enable healthy ageing; and reduce carbon emissions. The findings and thinking developed in the project will be freely available through public reports and the internet.

Nottingham City Council

Nottingham Smart City Information Model (SCIM)
Description: Nottingham has major challenges in common with other cities in delivering public services more efficiently and being more responsive to our citizens and businesses. This project will attempt to use information generated in the city by people using transport, energy, healthcare etc to understand how these systems work and to improve them. By providing the public, research facilities and businesses with better access to this information we want to encourage them to develop applications to improve transport, energy use, healthcare and other vital services. Development of a new "Smart City Information Model" will help organisations and individuals to access and use information to support more sustainable city planning. The first step of this is to undertake a feasibility study to work with partners in all sectors to develop proposals for how these systems can start to work together.

Peterborough City Council

Connected Peterborough
Peterborough is uniquely placed to integrate its system and service delivery across a complex, mid-sized high-growth urban area. As home of the UK's Environment Capital, it has unrivalled relationships with high quality, innovative companies and other organisations, that will develop the city as the perfect test-bed for ground-breaking solutions and products. Peterborough is already a world-leader in its 'Peterborough Model': a virtual platform visualising environmental performance in whole-city terms, encouraging collaboration between all agencies to accelerate system optimisation. This will be developed into an Integrated Operations Control to further enhance system management and showcase results using live-time data. As the Future Cities Demonstrator, Peterborough will deliver a step-change in its city systems for community, environmental and economic benefit.

Plymouth City Council

Plymouth - Partnership:Productivity:Progress
Plymouth City Council, with its partners, is exploring how to improve quality of life across the city in a new competition run by the Technology Strategy Board.  The competition will help Plymouth to explore new approaches to delivering a strong local economy and an excellent quality of life whilst reducing the environmental footprint. It will help businesses test new solutions for connecting and integrating city systems.  In Plymouth's case this includes energy, water, waste, internet access, transport and housing regeneration. Plymouth's proposal also seeks to make better use of the city's creativity and exploit opportunities for more collaborative and co-operative working.  The Council will be working with universities, local businesses, global businesses and community organisations to identify ways in which the city can be improved.

Salford City Council

Salford - Together Towards The City of Tomorrow
The Salford of the future will be more resilient and better connected - and the future health, well-being and prosperity of its citizens will be at the heart of decision making. Its key systems for transport, housing, energy and other infrastructure will need to be sustainable, more intelligently integrated and adapted to the future impacts of climate change. A feasibility study is proposedto assess how systems and infrastructure investments in the City can be effectively integrated, made more efficient.. It will also explore how a ComMUSCo could enable citizens and local businesses to benefit from, and be more involved in, key investment decisions that will be critical to the future of the City and the health, well-being and prosperity of its citizens. Manchester City Council are also submitting TSB bid.  Both have a distinct focus however, during the feasibility study stage both Cities we will explore potential areas of synergy to ensure that the benefits are maximised.

Sheffield City Council

Heat & Integrated Digital Engagement Wide Area Network (HIDDENWAN)
The use of district heating must be expanded drastically if the government is to meet its targets for carbon emissions reductions. Separately, not being able to access digital services is leading to a minority that is being excluded as society embraces the advantages brought by accessibility.
Both of these problems can be solved by using existing data connections but need new hardware in the home and need new ways of organising the companies that provide the services. By tackling both at the same time, the technological fixes can be found that will allow businesses to be built around supplying these services. Once this can be shown to work in Sheffield by building on the heat network that is already in place, it opens the door to other cities to follow suit.

Southampton City Council Southampton: Low Carbon City
This project establishes the delivery mechanism to co-ordinate the essential public and private investments in infrastructure which underpin the City Council's Future Southampton programme. Working closely with core delivery partners this will encompass sustainable travel, major city transport schemes, flood risk management, district energy and renewables, waste management, estates regeneration, school and hospitals retrofit, port access and logistics.  A green enterprise hub will drive research and investment in integrated energy technologies and an intelligent infrastructure management system for the city will maximise synergies between waste, energy, transport, freight and logistics. The programme will use of state-of-the-art demand reduction and energy generation technologies in buildings, and integrated transportation systems, underpinned by ICT processes that provide the necessary approaches for an exemplar 21st century City...
Southend on Sea Borough Council INTELLIGENT CITY: Future on Sea
With over ten glorious miles of seafront, the longest pleasure pier in the world,  great transport connections, one of London's six airports plus thriving communities, culture and businesses - Southend-on-Sea environs are ideally suited to innovate and bring the future on sea. INTELLIGENT CITY: Future-on-Sea is a project led by Southend on Sea Borough Council in partnership, with Castle Point and Rochford District Councils, to provide a sustainable, healthy and enjoyable city our residents, businesses and visitors. Focused on opportunity  entrepreneurship, technology and the environment whilst promoting interconnected technologies which offer opportunities for all  based on talent, development (skills and entrepreneurship) Technology (Medical, ICT and Renewable) and Tolerance (diversity of people).  Bringing you a better environment to work, live and do business in, INTELLIGENT City :Future on Sea.
Stoke on Trent City Council

Integrating city systems to help create a Great Working City
The study will focus on the City of Stoke-on-Trent, and explore our plans for the parallel integration of (A) the City's infrastructures (buildings, energy, waste, water, transport) with communications; and (B) the integration of health, education and communications. They reflect our vision to energy self-sufficiency by 2030, and our ambitions to support people's independence and healthy living, both contributing to our Mandate for Change that seeks to create a Great Working City.

Swindon City Council

Future Swindon
Swindon Borough Council has ambitious plans for a low carbon future which benefits the economy with new jobs and skills, whilst providing for a better quality of life for existing and future residents of the Borough.
Bringing together three key Swindon projects around hydrogen, district energy and 4G communications,  the Future Swindon proposition is for an integrated smart district energy system supplying heat, cooling, electricity and hydrogen, utilising hydrogen as a storage device with a dynamic link to the buildings and vehicles it serves.
This project provides a chance to explore how we can integrate existing projects which are ground breaking in their own right to achieve something even better for the town.

Warrington Borough Council Warrington Intelligent Systems Engagement (WISE) - integrating multiple information flows to improve resilience for all urban communities.
In common with many large urban areas, Warrington is preparing to respond to increased challenges of changing climates, ageing populations and the need to target services precisely to those who need them, in a resource constrained future. This feasibility study will investigate the integration of multiple information systems to implement a cutting edge digital infrastructure across Warrington, building on plans already in place for superfast broadband and a new real time passenger information system. The digital infrastructure will mean that diverse information such as traffic management, public transport, electric vehicle charging points, smart homes, healthcare, air quality, social care and extreme weather risks can be communicated to all our residents and businesses at point of need, improving personal resilience and wellbeing.