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Infrastructure can be thought of as the physical assets and networks underpinning our streets, buildings, places and spaces. Well planned and delivered infrastructure plays the quiet but fundamental role of sustaining the way we live and improving our quality of life. Times of crisis have exposed the extent to which we rely on this infrastructure, and raised critical questions about how to make it more inclusive, adaptable and resilient in response to urgent economic, social and environmental challenges.
This panel discussion is being convened by Public Practice and the GLA Infrastructure Team to explore the role of the public sector in delivering vital infrastructure to support good growth. Public Practice are currently working with the GLA to pilot a new Infrastructure Coordination Service in local authorities across London. Coinciding with a call for further practitioners and Authorities to join the programme, an expert panel will discuss the new approaches and capacities needed for more collaborative and coordinated infrastructure delivery.
— Cllr Rachel Blake, LB Tower Hamlets
— Dan Hill, Director of Strategic Design, Vinnova
— Nicola Coppen, Infrastructure Coordinator, Westminster City Council
— Phil Graham, Executive Director Good Growth, Greater London Authority (chair)
— Roma Agrawal, Mayor of London Infrastructure Advisory Panel
With a new economic landscape in the wake of COVID-19, and pressing priorities around social equality and the climate emergency, how can we deliver more resilient and inclusive infrastructure? What could the implications be for big-ticket infrastructure projects? How can we learn from the neighbourhood-scale response to COVID-19? Where might there be new possibilities from rethinking mobility and the role of streets? And what diversity of expertise will local authorities need to take on these tasks?
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