Views sought on project level design principles

NIC Design Group launches survey to inform new guidance on project design principles

Published: 31 Jan 2024

By: Ben Wilson

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Infrastructure professionals are being invited to share their views and experiences of working with project-specific design principles to help inform new national guidance.

The National Infrastructure Commission’s Design Group, chaired by Sadie Morgan, is seeking input on how such principles can work in practice and examples of the difference they can make at different stages of a project’s lifecycle.

In the second National Infrastructure Assessment, published in October, the Commission undertook to produce new guidance setting out how major infrastructure projects could use a structured process to develop and embed design principles tailored to their context.

Such principles would draw on the high level framework set out in the Design Principles for National Infrastructure – focusing on climate, people, places and value – which have been endorsed by government for use on nationally significant infrastructure projects.

“Project level principles can help provide a common understanding of a project’s ambition, and the role that design will play in delivering it,” said Sadie Morgan.

“We know that these principles can multiply value for the local community, for the environment and for the client. But they’re not easy, and we want people to share their honest experiences of what has worked and what hasn’t. With input from project leaders, we can help all infrastructure sectors build better infrastructure that spreads benefits more widely.”

In addition to views on existing guidance available, the Design Group is seeking case studies of infrastructure projects that have used project-specific design principles to improve outcomes.

The questionnaire should take 10-15 minutes to complete, and the process for submitting case studies is set out at the end of the online survey.

The survey can be accessed here and will close on Wednesday 28 February.

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