Planning Peterborough's infrastructure future


CGI of proposed North Westgate development in Peterborough (Chapman Taylor)

We are delighted that Peterborough City Council's Executive Director for Place & Economy, Steve Cox will join Future Cities Forum's 'Infrastructure 2020' event at Herbert Smith Freehills on 11 February.

Steve Cox is leading one of the only joint services in the UK concentrated on developing both a City unitary (Peterborough) and County Council area (Cambridgeshire), and completing a wholly joined up management team under Chief Executive Gillian Beasley.

Peterborough has several major regeneration developments in planning, as the city prepares for an estimated population growth of 17% over the next fifteen years and to establish itself further as a major regional centre.

Plans for a new university are progressing, to be located east of the historic quarter and just north of the River Nene. This will offer subjects such as artificial intelligence, cyber security and architecture. According to Peterborough Today the Combined Authority is looking to raise an addition al £20 million for a signature building for the university.

Steve says that strong infrastructure and transport connections will be core to the city's success in attracting more businesses, university students and tourists, pointing out that the city benefits from being forty minutes from London King's Cross on the East Coast main line, and being able to connect by major roads to the west of England, the midlands and along the A14 corridor to Cambridge and the ports at Harwich and Felixstowe.