Design & Funding

More efficient use of public and private money combined with sound design principles will deliver better outcomes for society.

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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.

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National Infrastructure Assessment

National Infrastructure Assessment

An analysis of the UK’s long term economic infrastructure needs, outlining a strategic vision over the next thirty years.

15 Nov 2021
Commission pinpoints strategic gaps in infrastructure planning ahead of next landmark national assessment
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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...

15 Nov 2021 By
Second National Infrastructure Assessment: Baseline Report
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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

15 Nov 2021
Welcome spending plans should “support a more stable national infrastructure planning cycle”

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...

27 Oct 2021 By
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...

13 Jul 2021 By
Armitt heralds “important milestone” as new Infrastructure Bank opens

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...

17 Jun 2021 By
Julia Prescot’s speech to Westminster Forum on priorities for the UK infrastructure bank

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...

19 May 2021 By
Commission welcomes UK Infrastructure Bank appointment
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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...

30 Apr 2021 By
Commission welcomes next steps on UK infrastructure bank
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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...

3 Mar 2021 By
Plans of action needed next to deliver strategic goals, says Commission
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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...

17 Feb 2021 By
Professor Sadie Morgan response to National Infrastructure Strategy commitments on design
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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...

25 Nov 2020 By
Armitt speech on principles for urban infrastructure
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Armitt speech on principles for urban infrastructure

Sir John Armitt, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, delivered a speech today (7 October 2020) at the launch of the Commission’s report, Principles for effective urban infrastructure. The launch event was co-hosted with Centre for Cities. The text of Sir John’s speech can be found below.   Before I begin let me thank our...

7 Oct 2020 By
Cities Programme

Cities Programme

7 Oct 2020

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