Infrastructure and Projects Authority to speak at our 'Making of the Modern City' forum



EV charging point in Woolwich, London SE18



The Infrastructure and Projects Authority's Deputy Chief Executive, and Head of the Government's Project Finance Profession, Matthew Vickerstaff, will contribute to our discussions this month at an event called 'The Making of the Modern City', speaking about the important transition for the UK in electric vehicle infrastructure.


The UK government continues to drive more efficient transport and energy infrastructure for 2022 with the electrification of cities. The phased removal of diesel and petrol driven transport has presented new challenges for city authorities around energy supply and management, freight deliveries, with new design and construction costs for EV charging, conversion of roads for cycle traffic and new pedestrian public ream.


Matthew is responsible for the UK Guarantee Scheme and the Private Finance Initiative contract management programme, as well as for establishing a number of infrastructure funds alongside private investors in ultra fast broadband and electric vehicle charging infrastructure sectors.


Prior to joining the IPA Matthew spent over 20 years at Societe Generale where he was responsible for managing the global structured finance teams including infrastructure, real estate, aircraft, shipping sectors, and export finance; and where he spent time working in Toronto, New York, Paris and London. He has been a director of a number of infrastructure investment companies and has 25 years experience in design, build, finance and operation of infrastructure projects all over the world.


Before SocGen, Matthew began his career at Hambros PLC working in corporate risk analysis, asset finance and leasing, real estate and infrastructure both in London, Toronto. Matthew has an M,A, from Cambridge University.


Also speaking at the event will be MICA's Gavin Miller on the research that the practice has carried out into how transport trends will develop in London in a post Covid-19 world.


It has been looking at how how the city responds to and emerges from the pandemic, analysing risks and opportunities, comparing how the particular issues and how they relate to TfL's plans. Questions considered have been how we will live, work and move about and what are the measures we should adopt now.


MICA is an international, award-winning Architectural design practice, working at all scales and levels from a regional urban and landscape level to individual buildings, interiors and the furniture and equipment of living. With over 20 years experience in architecture and urban design, often in highly challenging and sensitive settings, Gavin has become a specialist in being able to deliver successful solutions, through clear strategic and innovative spatial strategies, developed from a rigorous analysis of context, and in a wide range of scales. He views architecture, infrastructure, urban design, the public realm and landscape as an integrated whole.


Gavin is passionate about what makes successful places to live work and relax, and working cross-disciplinary and collaboratively to bring about their successful creation or transformation. Gavin has led or been involved in a wide range of projects and scales, ranging from cultural master planning at Greenwich Maritime, the Southbank Centre and the Lyric Hammersmith, to mixed use masterplans for Gilston Park Estate, Barking Town Centre, Pudding Mill Lane and Milton Keynes. Gavin has led large scale campus masterplans for the Universities of Lincoln, Southampton and East London; and the delivery of award winning educational buildings such as the School of Architecture at Lincoln and the Arts and Design Academy at Liverpool John Moores University. Gavin also led the design and delivery of Chester Balmore, one of the largest residential Passivhaus schemes in the UK, for the London Borough of Camden.



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