First up was Stephen O’Malley, the Co-founding Director of Civic Engineers. Stephen outlined the increasing need for 20-minute neighbourhoods, and how smaller changes in our streetscapes can transform the cityscape into a much more pedestrian friendly environment enabling these neighbourhoods. He outlined some key case studies where these principles had been applied and had seen significant success in unlocking the potential of their respective neighbourhoods.
Our second speaker was Ben Jones, associate sustainability engineer at Buro Happold. Ben highlighted that through building on the strengths of the North such as commercial, science and technology and industrial might, we can carve a new path for developing industry leading built environment design. Ben outlined some of the key innovative projects Buro Happold had been working on that really push this agenda forward.
Giles Perkins, who leads WSP’s Future Mobility team in the UK was our third speaker. Giles discussed the benefits and potential issues with future mobility and how we should be looking to integrate this technology to unlock the north. He explained that future mobility planning should be based on ‘people, activity and place led outcomes’, to promote real stable change in transportation development.
Our final speaker of the evening was Kevin Flynn, who heads up Transport & Infrastructure services and development in the North at CPC. Kevin challenged the theme and asked who holds the key or do we need a key for unlocking the north? He went on to describe and question if the approach to procurement for infrastructure projects and large projects through frameworks and combined authorities was the correct route, and whether we should be searching for alternatives to provide a less fractionalised supply chain for these kinds of projects.
After the presentations, an interactive Q&A discussion was held, to delve further into the themes and ideas presented.
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