Design Principles for National Infrastructure

Good design supports more effective infrastructure

The Commission's Design Group has identified four principles to guide the planning and delivery of major infrastructure projects: climate, people, places and value.

These principles, developed by the Commission’s Design Group in consultation with all infrastructure sectors, were created to guide the future projects which will upgrade and renew the UK’s infrastructure system. They should be applied to all economic infrastructure: digital communications, energy, transport, flood management, water and waste.

As part of its work developing the principles, the Design Group commissioned supporting research from Frame Projects – a literature review and primary research – which can be found in the Supporting Evidence tab.

Final Report

Design Principles for National Infrastructure

The Commission’s Design Group has developed four principles to guide future projects which will upgrade and renew the UK’s infrastructure system.

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What makes good design? Commission’s Principles help frame civil engineers’ approach
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What makes good design? Commission’s Principles help frame civil engineers’ approach

The National Infrastructure Commission’s Design Group has collaborated with the Institution of Civil Engineers on a major report examining the barriers to embedding good design at every stage of infrastructure projects. In September 2020, the ICE, in collaboration with the Commission’s Design Group, surveyed ICE members to establish how relevant they believed the Commission’s four...

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Commission backs virtual pavilion at climate summit

The National Infrastructure Commission is supporting the creation of a Built Environment Virtual Pavilion at this November’s COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow. The pavilion – developed by the UK Green Building Council – will act as a smart virtual presence at the summit, providing a platform for a range of bodies involved in infrastructure and...

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Design Principles literature review
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Design Principles literature review

5 Feb 2020
Design Principles primary research
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Design Principles primary research

5 Feb 2020

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