The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) is set to launch a national design panel in April to commission research into infrastructure design quality.
The panel will commission research into ways of improving infrastructure design quality, and into adding value to a project at the design phase.
The panel will also promoting public debate on infrastructure design.
NIC commissioner Sadie Morgan, who will chair the group, said: “Well-designed infrastructure is crucial to creating desirable, thriving communities.
”Work already done by the Commission shows the UK will need to plan for new homes over coming decades, in new and existing settlements, supported by the right social and economic infrastructure.
“Good design helps us solve the many challenges associated with achieving this, which is why a national design panel is such a crucial step.”
In addition, the group’s membership will include Lucy Musgrave, Hanif Kara and Isabel Dedring, all members of the NIC’s technical advisory panel.
The group will draw on the expertise of Tony Burton, who led the establishment of the High Speed 2 design panel and developed its working methods and approach.
It will create a detailed infrastructure design quality proposal, recommend a working model and remit for any future group, and establish initial design principles.
To support the commissioning of the design panel’s work, the NIC is also seeking tender proposals to scope a research piece around the added value that design can bring to infrastructure.
This initial study is expected to develop the scope of the brief and research approaches to support the commissioning of a more detailed study to be tendered by the design group in April 2019.
The NIC is seeking proposals for research capable of demonstrating where good design saves money, reduces risk, reduces cost and adds value to infrastructure.
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