Design Group

Established in 2019 to inspire renewed ambition for the quality of the UK’s infrastructure.

Design Group

The Group exists to inspire, promote and champion design excellence in all nationally significant projects.

The National Infrastructure Commission’s Design Group was established in 2019 to inspire renewed ambition for the quality of the UK’s infrastructure.

Our mission

The Design Group’s mission is to inspire, promote and champion design excellence in all nationally significant infrastructure projects. This approach produces infrastructure which has social value and responds creatively to the needs of people, places and the environment.

We believe design processes help convene and engage people, to ensure new infrastructure improves quality of life across our communities and enhances the UK’s natural and built environment.

Having diverse professionals in the Design Group means we see and experience the world differently, though we are united by our shared belief in the transformative power of great design.

Design Group Chair Professor Sadie Morgan speaking at launch event for Design Principles
Design Group Chair Professor Sadie Morgan launching the Design Principles for National Infrastructure

Design Group members

A team of creative and technical design leaders, with experience spanning architecture, landscape, engineering and transport.

Design Principles

Guidance for embedding good design at every stage of infrastructure projects.

In February 2020, the Design Group published its Design Principles for National Infrastructure. This followed a recommendation made in the National Infrastructure Assessment.

These four principlesclimate, people, places and value – aim to guide the planning and delivery of future major infrastructure projects in the UK.

Download the principles

The principles build on the work of the Design Task Force established in the run up to the first National Infrastructure Assessment, which commissioned research on how such principles might be developed, sector attitudes to design, and a portfolio of examples demonstrating the value of design.

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Infrastructure should “celebrate our nation’s ambition,” says Stirling Prize winner as she throws down new design challenge for the industry
Portrait of Sadie Morgan 2017

Infrastructure should “celebrate our nation’s ambition,” says Stirling Prize winner as she throws down new design challenge for the industry

Professor Sadie Morgan, Chair of the National Infrastructure Design Group, has today thrown down a challenge to everyone involved in major projects to embrace new principles to enhance the quality of the nation’s infrastructure. The UK’s first ever Design Principles for National Infrastructure, developed by the expert Design Group, seek to embed four key considerations...

5 Feb 2020 By
Excellent design will be at the “beating heart” of all new UK infrastructure, vows Stirling Prize winner as she announces members of influential new Design Group

Excellent design will be at the “beating heart” of all new UK infrastructure, vows Stirling Prize winner as she announces members of influential new Design Group

Professor Sadie Morgan, a National Infrastructure Commissioner and Stirling Prize winner, today hails a “pivotal moment” for the future of UK infrastructure, as the ten members of a new Design Group are revealed. The Design Group will be champions for design excellence in all new national infrastructure. They will lobby to ensure that design is...

6 May 2019 By
Design Group: supportive statements

Design Group: supportive statements

Supportive statements in favour of the Commission’s new Design Group: “Louise’s appointment to the group is testament to her expertise and why we were so pleased she was able to come and work for the West Midlands Combined Authority. Our regional economy continues to grow at pace and billions of pounds of infrastructure including new...

6 May 2019 By
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