UK business views sought as innovation centre for future cities takes shape

UK business views sought as innovation centre for future cities takes shape

14 Jun 2012

UK businesses have been asked to contribute to the establishment of the new Future Cities innovation centre. Information published today about the vision and scope of the new Future Cities Catapult centre and businesses, organisations and individuals are being asked to respond.

The invitation is to enter into a dialogue with the Technology Strategy Board, the UK innovation agency, tasked with establishing the network of Catapults, and could see contributors working with the catapult long after it has been established.

UK businesses will be asked to first register on a Future Cities Special Interest Group (SIG) forum and complete an online survey, which opens today2. Businesses will be given the opportunity to cement their involvement with the Catapult at the workshops and webinars to take place in the weeks and months to follow.    

The Future Cities Catapult will help UK Businesses develop new products and services that will integrate city functions such as transport, communications and other city infrastructure to improve the local economy, increase quality of life and reduce impact on the environment.

Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board said:

“Our mission is to improve the performance of UK businesses through innovation. With world leading companies in project management, engineering and architecture, energy, transport systems, communications, the digital economy, finance, legal and insurance the UK has the potential to become an important hub for Future Cities.  

Iain Gray continued:

“Over £6.5 trillion will be invested globally in city infrastructure over the next 10-15 years, and the accessible market for integrated city systems is expected to be £200bn a year by 20303”.

Once the consultation is complete the Technology Strategy Board will coordinate the development of a business plan and then appoint a leadership team4.

The Technology Strategy Board also announced The Future Cities Demonstrator programme, which opens today. The £24m competition will invite city governments and local authorities to propose large scale ‘future cities demonstrator’, showing how the city’s multiple systems will be integrated and how challenges in the city will be addressed.

 View the full press release including notes to editors here

 

Last updated on Thursday 14 June 2012 at 14:06

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