The Commission’s own recommendations are made within a ‘fiscal remit’ set by government. This currently provides a long term funding guideline for public investment in economic infrastructure of 1.0 to 1.2 per cent of GDP.
The majority of infrastructure investment in the UK is financed and delivered by the private sector, with the cost eventually passed through to consumers and business. Research suggests up to two thirds of the total UK investment in infrastructure comes from the private sector. The Commission’s recommendations recognise that all major projects will come at a cost that needs to be carefully assessed against the full range of realistic benefits.
The Commission’s work seeks to understand what factors drive private investment in infrastructure and how the infrastructure industry is evolving, and to use this insight to advise government.
The Baseline Report for the upcoming second National Infrastructure Assessment examines the current state of each key sectors of UK infrastructure in six annexes, each of which provides more details on how each sector is currently funded and financed.
Long term decisions and major projects inevitably carry risks, but decision making can be improved at every stage of infrastructure development through robust financial monitoring and recognising the value of good design.
The Commission works to encourage the adoption of sound design principles throughout the project lifecycle that will help save money, reduce risk, add value, support environmental net gain and create a legacy that looks good and works well. In its response to the National Infrastructure Assessment, the government committed to ensuring there is a design champion on all new major infrastructure projects, in line with Commission recommendations.
Design & funding data
A range of data sets relating to infrastructure design and funding is available to review on our Data pages. This includes data sets used in Commission reports, as well as historic data sets. Each can be reviewed online or downloaded.Review data
NIA2 Baseline Charts
Data from the Baseline Report providing an overview of the current performance of the infrastructure sectors within the Commission's remit
Infrastructure Progress Review 2022
Our annual assessment of the government's progress on implementing its commitments on infrastructure.
Commission highlights “slow progress” on infrastructure plans to deliver levelling up and net zero goals
The government is at risk of failing to deliver the aims of its National Infrastructure Strategy unless it picks up the pace with detailed policy design and implementation, the UK’s official independent infrastructure adviser has warned. The National Infrastructure Commission says that clear, long term goals are now in place across most infrastructure areas and...
National Infrastructure Assessment
An analysis of the UK’s long term economic infrastructure needs, outlining a strategic vision over the next thirty years.
Commission pinpoints strategic gaps in infrastructure planning ahead of next landmark national assessment
The National Infrastructure Commission has announced the topics that will sit at the heart of its next major assessment of the UK’s long term infrastructure priorities, to be published in 2023, following analysis of the current performance of key sectors. The priorities will include identifying the infrastructure needed for hydrogen and carbon capture and storage...
Second National Infrastructure Assessment: Baseline Report
Our analysis of the performance of key infrastructure sectors which will inform the work leading to the UK's second National Infrastructure Assessment
Welcome spending plans should “support a more stable national infrastructure planning cycle”
Responding to today’s Budget and Spending Review, Sir John Armitt, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, said: “With reasonable capital settlements for key areas including local transport outside London, and an increase in the guidelines for projected infrastructure spending for the long term, these announcements indicate a government keen to support a more stable national...
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...
Armitt heralds “important milestone” as new Infrastructure Bank opens
The National Infrastructure Commission has welcomed today’s official launch of the UK Infrastructure Bank, based in Leeds. Sir John Armitt, Chair of the Commission, said: “We welcome the official establishment of the UK Infrastructure Bank. The Bank is set to become an important piece of the jigsaw for delivering the infrastructure needed to reach net zero...
Julia Prescot’s speech to Westminster Forum on priorities for the UK infrastructure bank
The following remarks were given as a keynote address by Commissioner Julia Prescot at a Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum policy conference which took place today (19 May 2021), exploring priorities for the UK infrastructure bank. Introduction Thank you for inviting me to speak at your event this morning and it’s good to be...
Commission welcomes UK Infrastructure Bank appointment
The National Infrastructure Commission has welcomed the appointment of Chris Grigg CBE as Chair of the UK Infrastructure Bank, announced today by HM Treasury. Sir John Armitt, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, said: “I am pleased to congratulate Chris Grigg on his appointment as Chair of the UK Infrastructure Bank. “This is a key milestone...
Commission welcomes next steps on UK infrastructure bank
The National Infrastructure Commission has welcomed the announcement in today’s Budget on next steps for the creation of a UK infrastructure bank, based in Leeds. Julia Prescot, Commissioner, said: “We welcome the progress towards establishing an infrastructure bank, as recommended by the Commission. The bank can play a key role in catalysing the investment needed...
Plans of action needed next to deliver strategic goals, says Commission
Detailed plans for decarbonising energy supply, accelerating the roll out of electric vehicle charge points and connecting hard to reach areas with high capacity broadband are among the next steps needed to ensure government can deliver its aims for levelling up and meeting the net zero target, according to the National Infrastructure Commission. The Commission’s...
Annual Monitoring Report 2021
Our annual assessment of the government’s progress in delivering infrastructure projects and programmes recommended by the Commission.
Professor Sadie Morgan response to National Infrastructure Strategy commitments on design
Today’s National Infrastructure Strategy includes government commitments to increase emphasis on the quality of design in infrastructure projects. Some of the ways government intends to do this is set out in a detailed annex (1.183 – 1.187, p41 of this document) which responds to the National Infrastructure Commission’s recommendations on infrastructure design and the Design...