Well done Sadie and the National Infrastructure Commission for presenting the UK’s first ever Design Principles for National Infrastructure.
The principles set a design challenge for the industry, to inspire those involved in creating infrastructure to embrace these principles and think about what constitutes good design.
Four key considerations have been developed by the Design Group:
Infrastructure must help set the trajectory for the UK to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner and be capable of adapting to climate change.
Projects should be human scale, instinctive to use and seek opportunities to improve the quality of life for people who live and work nearby.
Schemes should provide a sense of identity for communities, supporting the natural and built environment and enriching ecosystems.
Value should be added beyond the main purpose of the infrastructure, solving problems well and achieving multiple benefits.
At the beginning of a decade in which many big infrastructure projects are set to start, these principles are more important than ever to ensure that the needs of climate change, the environment, and communities are met.
The National Infrastructure Design Group was established to renew the ambition in the quality of the UK’s infrastructure and brings together design leaders with experience spanning architecture, transport, landscape and engineering.