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Infrastructure & Projects Authority will join our Net Zero Cities forum

Stephen Dance of the Infrastructure & Projects Authority contributing at London City Hall - Future Cities Forum in June 2019

We are so pleased that Stephen Dance, Head of the Commercial Adviser Team at the Infrastructure & Projects Authority, will be speaking at our 'Net Zero Cities: Sustainable infrastructure and place-based regeneration' forum this month, ahead of the UK government’s COP 26 international conference in Glasgow .

In his current role Stephen leads a team of Commercial Advisers. The Commercial Adviser Team includes people with deep professional knowledge and experience in specialist fields. They provide expert advice to HM Treasury, Cabinet Office and government Departments to improve the performance of project delivery in Infrastructure, Enterprise & Growth and Public & Security Services. Current IPA responsibilities include leadership of the Transforming Infrastructure Delivery programme, advice to the Palace of Westminster restoration and renewal project, Oxford - Cambridge Arc corridor development, Building Safety programme, HS2 stations development and construction industry reform.

Stephen is a Chartered Surveyor and he holds current non executive directorships in Local Partnerships LLP (a joint venture between HM Treasury and Local Government Association), The Thames Estuary Growth Board and Northern House Multi Academy Trust. Stephen has more than 35 years of experience in social and economic infrastructure projects. In 2010 he joined Infrastructure UK (a unit of HM Treasury) as Head of Infrastructure Delivery. He was actively engaged in development of the UK’s first National Infrastructure Plan and delivery of key projects including Thames Tideway Tunnel, The Northern Line Extension to Battersea Power Station, Mersey Gateway Bridge, Hinkley Point C and HS2.

Following Future Cities Forum's series of discussions this year which had a focus on the de-carbonisation of heat, infrastructure projects for levelling up the UK and innovation on city planning and place-making to drive down carbon emissions, our October event will ask the following questions:

How can we implement a place-based approach to development that respects the relationship between natural systems and the built environment, especially for the Arc?

How do we introduce MMC into our construction projects, when there is a shortage of factory facilities in the UK?

How can we make infrastructure and transport greener?

What measures are we putting in place to reduce carbon emissions in housing?

How can we progress in making our utilities greener?

The Infrastructure and Projects Authority has just released a policy paper called ‘Transforming Infrastructure Performance: Roadmap to 2030. In the foreword, Lord Agnew and Financial Secretary to the Treasury said:

‘High quality, sustainable, resilient infrastructure is central to this government’s vision for the future of the UK…The National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline forecasts £650 billion investment in infrastructure over the coming decade.’


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