The UK’s experience in managing large-scale urban projects and its design, data and low-carbon standards make it well positioned to take advantage of the £200-billion global cities market, a report from the Future Cities Catapult has said.
However, How can the UK Innovate for the World’s Cities? adds that there is more work to be done to link businesses, research and public services in order for the country to take full advantage.
The report says it is intended to provoke conversation and connect people. An announcement from the catapult says that the UK’s activities related to future cities are “already worth more than £16bn”. The report aims to identify areas of strength that the country should build on.
These include the ability to deliver large-scale projects such as the Olympics, urban regeneration and the use of brownfield sites, digital creativity and standards that are respected around the world. It also says the country has expertise in spatial data analysis and multidisciplinary projects.