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To help you navigate the breadth of activity underway in UK infrastructure, we’ve compiled a list of useful links to civil infrastructure related resources, initiatives, papers, plans and organisations. If you’d like to add something relevant to this list please email [email protected]


  Construction 2025: strategy
Department for Business, Innovation & Skills
This document sets out a vision and a plan for long-term strategic action by government and industry to continue to work together to promote the success of the UK construction sector. 

  Government Construction
Cabinet Office and Efficiency and Reform Group
This series brings together documents relating to government construction.

  National Infrastructure Plan 2013
HM Treasury and Infrastructure UK
The plan is published alongside the most forward-looking infrastructure pipeline to date, including more detail than ever before on the status of UK infrastructure projects.

Industrial strategy: government and industry in partnership - progress report
HM Government
The progress report provides an update of work that has taken place since the publication of Industrial Strategies (2013) across eleven sectors including construction and the report identifies future challenges and gaps in meeting the targets of these strategies.

  Adapting to climate change
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and Environment Agency
The National Adaptation Programme (NAP) sets out what government, businesses, and society are doing to become more climate ready.

  BIM Task Group
The BIM Task Group are supporting and helping deliver the objectives of the Government Construction Strategy and the requirement to strengthen the public sector’s capability in BIM implementation with the aim that all central government departments will be adopting, as a minimum, collaborative Level 2 BIM by 2016.

  BIM 4 Infrastructure (UK)
BIM4IUK is a Special Interest Group (SIG) within the Association of Geographic Information (AGI) which is supported by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Government BIM Task Group and the Construction Project (CPI) Committee. The group provides a forum for organisations and industry professionals to share their journey putting ‘BIM into practice’. 

  Infrastructure UK
HM Treasury
Infrastructure UK is a unit within the Treasury, that works on the UK’s long-term infrastructure priorities and secures private sector investment.

  Improving infrastructure delivery: project initiation routemap
Infrastructure UK, HM Treasury and Lord Deighton
A framework to support public and private sector infrastructure providers improve the delivery of their projects and programmes. 

Infrastructure cost review
Infrastructure UK and HM Treasury
This series brings together all documents relating to the Infrastructure cost Review


Government agencies and publicly funded bodies

  Technology Innovation Portal
Transport for London
The Technology Innovation Portal allows users to submit innovative technological ideas and solutions that meet one of Transport for London’s key challenges.

  Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure
CPNI protects national security by providing protective security advice. Advice covers physical security, personnel security and cyber security / information assurance.

  Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Research and Development
Environment Agency
The aims of this joint programme are to address the needs of all flood and coastal defence authorities and ensure that flood and coastal erosion risk management measures are delivered in a technically and environmentally sound and cost-effective manner.

  Technology Strategy Board
The Technology Strategy Board offer support and funding to help business develop new products and services - and bring them closer to market.

  Future Cities Catapult
Technology Strategy Board
The Future Cities Catapult is a global centre of excellence on urban innovation. A place where cities, businesses and universities come together to develop solutions to the future needs of our cities.  

  Transport Systems Catapult
Technology Strategy Board
Efficient transport systems are essential to the health and wealth of the UK, its businesses, its economy and its people. The Transport Systems Catapult will support UK industry in exploiting the massive global market for new products and services that will drive the integration of transport and its systems.

  Low Impact Buildings Innovation Platform
Technology Strategy Board
The Low Impact Buildings Innovation Platform was set up in 2008 to support UK industry in supplying the growing market for low-impact domestic and non domestic new build and retrofit. A rapidly emerging driver for innovation is the need to lift the focus from individual buildings to groups of buildings and ultimately cities. 

  Highways Agency 4 Year Strategic Research Frame­work 2011–2015
Highways Agency
The Strategic Research Framework sets out a high level framework which forms the basis of the Highways Agency’s Knowledge Programme to ensure that value for money is obtained from its research investment.

  Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme (HMEP)
Department for Transport
HMEP is a sector-led transformation programme designed to maximise returns from highways investment and deliver efficient and effective services.

  Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)
Join networks, make connections; discover what effective knowledge transfer and open innovation can do for your business.

  Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP)
WRAP was set up in 2000 to help recycling take off in the UK and to create a market for recycled materials.

Research councils

  Infrastructure research
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the UK’s main agency for funding research in engineering and the physical sciences. EPSRC invests around £800 million a year in research and postgraduate training, to help the nation handle the next generation of technological change.

  Living with Environmental Change (LWEC)
This partnership of 22 public sector organisations aims to ensure that decision makers in government, business and society have the knowledge, foresight and tools to mitigate, adapt to and benefit from environmental change.

  Research Councils UK (RCUK)
Research Councils UK is the strategic partnership of the UK's seven Research Councils.

  Centres for Doctoral Training
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) are one of the three main ways by which EPSRC provides support for Doctoral Training.

Engineering Doctorate
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
The Engineering Doctorate (EngD) is an alternative to the traditional PhD for students who want a career in industry.

  Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme
This programme is driven by the needs of the business community and decision-makers faced with the challenge of making our infrastructure resilient and mitigating the effects of extreme weather events and climate change.

  PURE Associates
NERC is funding scientists to work with partners in business, policy and NGOs to apply their knowledge and skills to improve assessments of natural hazard risk and enable decision-makers to take action to manage risk.

CASE studentships (Collaborative awards in science and engineering)
CASE Studentships provide doctoral students with a first-rate, challenging research training experience, within the context of a mutually beneficial research collaboration between academic and partner organisations in the private, public and civil sectors.

Private sector (inc. major projects)

Innovate18 provides know-how, funding, sharing and recognition for innovative ideas.

  BIM & Innovation
PDF. This document provides an introduction to BIM, as well as a collection of presentations about BIM in practice and innovation.

@one Alliance
The @one Alliance is a collaborative organisation formed to deliver a large part of the Anglian Water AMP4 and AMP5 investment programmes. It comprises seven partners; Anglian Water Engineering (AWEng), Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions Limited (BBUSL), Barhale, Black & Veatch, Grontmij, MWH and Skanska Jacobs.

Thames Water
eight2O is an alliance of industry leaders that have come together in collaboration to work with Thames Water to carry out billions of pounds of essential improvements to its ageing infrastructure.

  Research Roadmap 2013
Created with input from clients, collaborators and our own teams, the roadmap provides a common framework for research at Arup.

  Engineering Tomorrow
Engineering Tomorrow is the Costain strategy aimed at identifying, developing and implementing innovative solutions to meet the UK’s major national infrastructure needs.

  Infrastructure Interactive
KPMG has developed Interactive Infrastructure to provide visibility to the infrastructure community of projects in development. 

Universities, RTOs & Associations

  Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction
University of Cambridge, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Technology Strategy Board
The Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction's research focuses on the innovative use of emerging technologies in sensor and data management, coupled with emerging best practice in the form of the latest manufacturing and supply chain management approaches applied to construction and infrastructure.

  Flood Risk Management Research Consortium (FRMRC)
FRMRC was the largest consortium of UK universities and other organisations undertaking research in flood risk science.

  Future Infrastructure Forum
University of Cambridge
The Future Infrastructure Forum brings together UK academics and industry to define a future research vision for ground and structural engineering research.

Newcastle University, University of Leeds, University of Birmingham
Infrastructure Business models, valuation and Innovation for Local Delivery. i-BUILD is developing new business models to improve the delivery of infrastructure systems and the services they provide.

  International Centre for Infrastructure Futures
UCL and Newcastle-based centres will focus on the development and implementation of innovative business models, from the local to the national scale, and aim to support UK firms wishing to exploit them in national and international markets.

  Universities UK
The definitive voice for universities in the UK. Universities UK provide high quality leadership and support to our members, to promote a successful and diverse higher education sector.

  National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB)
NCUB is an independent not-for-profit business which aims to increase the prosperity and well-being of the UK through world-leading business-university collaboration.

  Construction Industry Council (CIC)
The Construction Industry Council (CIC) is the representative forum for the professional bodies, research organisations and specialist business associations in the construction industry.

CIRIA is a neutral, independent, not-for-profit organisation. We facilitate a range of collaborative activities that help improve the construction industry.

AIRTO is the Association for Independent Research and Technology Organisations the foremost membership body for organisations operating in the UK's intermediate research and technology sector.

  Institute for Sustainability
The Institute for Sustainability aim to significantly accelerate the delivery of economically, environmentally and socially sustainable cities and communities.

  UK Water Industry Research
UKWIR provide a framework for the procurement of a common research programme for UK water operators on 'one voice' issues.

  Transport Research Laboratory (TRL)
TRL is an internationally recognised centre of excellence providing world-class research, consultancy, and product testing covering all aspects of transport.

  Energy Technologies Institute (ETI)
A public-private partnership between global energy and engineering companies and the UK Government. The ETI act as a conduit between academia, industry and the government to accelerate the development of low carbon technologies.

  Water UK
Water UK represents all major UK water and wastewater service suppliers at national and European level.

  Railway Industry Association
The Railway Industry Association represents UK-based railway suppliers to the world’s railways.

Energy Networks Association (ENA)
The ENA is the voice of the networks, representing the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.

  Energy UK
Energy UK is the trade association for the energy industry, representing over 80 members, including generators and gas and electricity suppliers of all kinds and sizes as well as other businesses operating in the energy industry.

  Renewable Energy Association
REA is a not-for-profit trade association, representing British renewable energy producers and promoting the use of renewable energy in the UK.

  Supply Chain Sustainability School
An online learning forum designed to help the construction sector assess and improve their knowledge of sustainability issues facing our industry.

  The Carbon Trust
The Carbon Trust is a world-leading organisation helping businesses, governments and the public sector to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy through carbon reduction, energy-saving strategies and commercialising low carbon technologies.

  Town and Country Planning Association
The Town and Country Planning Association campaigns for the reform of the UK’s planning system to make it more responsive to people’s needs and aspirations and to promote sustainable development.

  National Infrastructure Planning Association (NIPA)
NIPA brings together all those involved in the planning and authorisation of nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs) in the UK, focusing on projects in the areas of energy, transport, water, waste and waste water.

  Association of Consulting Engineers (ACE)
ACE represents the business interests of its members and the consultancy and engineering industry in the UK.

  Adaptation and Resilience in the Context of Change Network
The ARCC Network brings together researchers and stakeholders involved in adaptation to technological, social and environmental change in the built environment and infrastructure sectors.

  Mapping the Underworld
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and British Geological Society
Mapping the Underworld seeks to develop the means to locate, map in 3-D and record, using a single shared multi-sensor platform, the position of all buried utility assets without excavation.

  The UK Energy Research Centre
The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) carries out world-class research into sustainable future energy systems.

  Sustainable Urban Environment Programme
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
The SUE programme aims to improve the quality of life of UK citizens, to support the sustainable development of the UK economy and to meet the needs of users of EPSRC funded research in industry, commerce and the service sector.

Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium
ITRC delivers research, models and decision support tools to enable analysis and planning of a robust National Infrastructure (NI) system. The research addresses major challenges for the energy, transport, water, waste and ICT systems.

  Centre for Infrastructure Development (CID)
Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester
The Centre for Infrastructure Development (CID) aspires to be the pre-eminent university-based research and application centre focusing on critical infrastructure issues facing governments and businesses around the world.

Professional institutions

  The Enabling Innovation Team
The EIT aims to become the go-to place for innovation within the industry, helping innovators navigate the complex rail industry landscape and identify the most appropriate route to market.

  ICE Innovation and Research
Institution of Civil Engineers
Innovation and research is the key to the future of civil engineering. ICE encourages innovation through its Research and Innovation Panel by coordinating relationships between government, industry, and academia.

  Managing Cost Risk & Uncertainty in Infrastructure Projects
Institution of Civil Engineers
This new report from industry looks at leading practice and improvement. It focuses on the management of cost risk and uncertainty throughout the project  ife cycle. This report presents research that has been undertaken by an industry group with representation from major infrastructure owner operators; there  are 9 key recommendations.

  State of the Nation 2014
Institution of Civil Engineers
State of the Nation is ICE's flagship report on the state of the UK's infrastructure. It aims to stimulate debate and highlight the actions we believe necessary to improve the nation's infrastructure.

  The Innovation and Emerging Technologies (I&ET) Policy Panel
The Institution of Engineering and Technology
The I&ET Policy Panel provide expert advice and guidance on innovation, new technologies and innovation systems.

  Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)
Working for the public benefit for a clean, green and sustainable world, CIWEM is the only independent, chartered professional body and registered charity with an integrated approach to environmental, social and cultural issues.

  The Global Infrastructure Challenge
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
The research provides an updated position on the global PPP market and the role PPP could occupy in redressing the global infrastructure investment gap.

  Transport Research Board
The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation
The Transportation Research Board provides leadership in transportation innovation and progress through research and information exchange, conducted within a setting that is objective, interdisciplinary, and multimodal.

  Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)
CIWM represents waste and resource professionals working in the sustainable waste and resource management sectors worldwide.

  The Institute of Asset Management (IAM)
The IAM is the professional body for those involved in acquisition, operation and care of physical assets, especially critical infrastructure - and particularly for professionals worldwide dedicated to furthering our knowledge and understanding of Asset Management.

  The Research Fund
The Institution of Structural Engineers
The Research Fund supports the Institution's belief that research is vital in securing future advances in structural engineering. This fund is intended to support those undertaking research in this field and those involved in the dissemination of the results.

  Architects and Research
Royal Institute of British Architects
This series of documents focuses on the relationship between practicing architects and research.

  Landscape Institute
A professional body and educational charity that works to protect, conserve and enhance the natural and built environment for the public benefit.

  Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment
IEMA’s role is to support individuals and organisations to set, recognise and achieve global sustainability standards and practice.


  CIB – International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction
CIB aims to stimulate and facilitate international cooperation and information exchange between governmental research institutes in the building and construction sector, with an emphasis on those institutes engaged in technical fields of research. CIB is a world-wide network of over 5000 experts from about 500 member organisations active in the research community, in industry or in education.

  Horizon 2020
European Commission
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

  European Construction Technology Platform
The ECTP develops research and innovation strategies to meet the major challenges that the sector faces in terms of society, sustainability and technological development.

  Research for Future Infrastructure Networks in Europe (reFINE)
European Construction Technology Platform
reFINE is a networking forum within ECTP for all stakeholders that see the need to comprehensively tackle the challenges infrastructures are facing. reFINE targets a European-wide infrastructure initiative aiming to develop RDI-programme dedicated to infrastructure topics.


  Construction Leadership Council
The Council was formed in 2013 to drive the implementation of the Government Industrial Strategy for Construction. The 30 strong team, led by Vince Cable and David Higgins, includes figures from both government and industry, including business minister Michael Fallon and chief construction adviser Peter Hansford, as well as CIRIA Project Manager Louise Clarke.

  The Green Construction Board
Government and industry is building on the work of the Low Carbon Construction IGT and working collaboratively through the “Green Construction Board” (GCB) to drive forward the actions set out in the Low Carbon Construction Action Plan.

  Infrastructure Carbon Review
The Green Construction Board
The Review developed jointly by government and industry though the Infrastructure Cost Review and Green Construction Board sets out a series of actions for government, clients and suppliers that have the potential to reduce up to 24 million tonnes of carbon from the construction and operation of the UK’s infrastructure assets by 2050.