8:30 am - 9:30 pm

Registration, Breakfast and Networking


9:30 am - 9:35 am

Chair’s Welcome Address


9:35 pm - 9:55 am

Ministerial Keynote| Developing an integrated and sustainable transport system

  • An overview of core government priorities, in supporting wider goals of clean air, higher productivity and sustainable economic growth
  • Delivering positive outcomes for transport users which is underpinned by digital connectivity and data
  • With £1.5 billion planned investment by 2021 to support the growth of ultra-low emission vehicles- how is policy delivering a more liveable and sustainable 21st century world of transport


9:55 am - 10:15 am

How digital technologies are delivering efficient, connected and agile assets

  • Accelerating the uptake of smart tech (wireless networks, sensors, machine learning, AI, cloud technology and end user connected devices) through people, partnerships and acquisition
  • Embedding Infratech capabilities across all business lines and building a more agile innovation culture in a resource constrained industry


10:15 pm - 10:35 am

Developing the workforce for the future

  • Widening the talent pool and mitigating the steep attrition of an ageing workforce through engagement and diversity
  • Taking the long-term view and upskilling new and existing workforce to drive excellence and increase productivity
  • Addressing the skills shortage through innovative recruitment models
  • Considerations for retraining the existing workforce; whilst delivering a live programme


10:35 am - 10:55 am

Headline Sponsor


10:55 am - 11:40 am

Refreshments, Networking and Exhibition


11:40 am - 12:00 am

Meeting the infrastructure needs of the 21st Century – where are we?

  • Analysing the government’s response to the National Infrastructure Assessment 2018, aiming for 50% of the UK’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030, creating a national, visible charging network for electric vehicles and providing additional powers and £43bn funding between now and 2040 to city leaders
  • Improving the resilience of infrastructure systems to cope with disruption through better design and application of new technologies
  • Building high quality infrastructure and tackling under investment in low cost renewable technologies, transport networks, energy, digital infrastructure and housing development
  • Matching private investors to infrastructure projects and driving investments which will allow cities and regions to achieve their potential
  • Overview of the current regulatory model its impact on competition and innovation and the regulatory consistency between sectors


12:00 pm - 12:20 pm

The future of infrastructure delivery

  • Review of IPA’s progress in delivering infrastructure projects more efficiently and in increasing the effectiveness of investment in UK Infrastructure
  • Overview of IPA’s strategy over the next 12 months in improving the build and operation of assets
  • Measuring infrastructure projects against global benchmarks to drive better performance


12:20 pm - 12:50 pm

Panel | Unlocking debt and equity capital flows in green and climate resilient infrastructure

The 2017 National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline set out £460 billion of planned infrastructure investment, with the aim of offering certainty to investors and encouraging future investment. The private sector will be responsible for delivering 45% of investment needed by 2021.

  • Overview of the current political, regulatory and financial regimes in place to meet the objectives of the Clean Growth Strategy 2050 and the imperatives of the Paris Agreement
  • Analysis of the structural barriers to supplying and accessing finance and funding for green infrastructure
  • Encouraging a shift in existing investment patterns and leveraging new financial instruments and mechanisms to accelerate builds and projects across energy, transport and water


12:50 pm - 1:10 pm

In conversation with Mark Wild: A learning legacy with Crossrail

With a total funding of 15bn, Crossrail stands as one of the biggest single infrastructure investment and is expected to serve around 200 million people each year
How has Crossrail raised the bar in the delivery of major projects, specifically for:

  • Project management
  • Procurement
  • Health and Safety
  • Environment
  • Land & Property
  • Engineering
  • Operations
  • Talent & Resources
  • Innovation & Technology


1:10 pm - 2:10 pm

Lunch, Networking & Exhibition


2:10 pm - 2:55 pm

Seminar Session 1


2:55 pm - 3:25 pm

Seminar Session 2


3:25 pm - 3:55 pm

Refreshments, Networking & Exhibition


3:55 pm - 4:15 pm

Stream 1

Transforming regional infrastructure
Action plan for increasing housing delivery

The government pledged that Britain would build 300,000 homes in 2018, but only managed around 230,000; even optimistic estimates suggest it will only manage around 250,000 in future years. Only 44% of local authorities are meeting their housing needs. Only 15 authorities have been challenged for lack of supply of available housing land.

  • Aligning government investment strategies with the infrastructure plans of local authorities
  • Planning reform? Adopting a more responsive planning system-so development does go ahead
  • Integrating housing schemes with infrastructure which add value to local communities
  • Delivering infrastructure more efficiently and researching the skills gap in planning teams


Bridging the investment gap
Stimulating housing supply: the current funding landscape

  • Exploring the current funding landscape and how this can be diversified and strengthened
  • Creating a wider and more sustainable funding base

Future proofing infrastructure
Developing a framework of a national ‘digital twin’ of infrastructure Assets

  • Understanding how the ‘National Digital Twin’ would help in the management and planning of infrastructure
  • Delivering better outcomes and value for money for people by making the most of infrastructure data and using new technologies Like machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Unlocking the value of information in the built environment and realising the potential of improved data sharing


4:15 pm - 4:35 pm

Stream 2

Transforming regional infrastructure
The Next Steps in Improving Transport Across the North of England

  • • Outlining how the Strategic Transport Plan can provide the framework for transport investment in the North over the next 30 years• Exploring how Northern Powerhouse Rail will bring our major economic centres across the North closer together
    • Expanding on how the seven key strategic development corridors across the North of England will provide opportunities for the small towns and cities
    • Discussing how Transport for the North will work with local stakeholders to improve transport efficiency and user experiences through Integrated and Smart Travel, making it simpler and easier for passengers across the North to move around
    • Assessing the impact of the transport plan so far and understanding the impact to economic performance in the North, including the latest in achieving the 850,000 new jobs and raising £100 million for the northern economy by 2050

Bridging the investment gap
Maximising value for money in a post PFI world

There has been an 87% drop in EIB funding for UK projects since the referendum on leaving the EU in June 2016, and a 91% decline in funding from the European Investment Fund (EIF)

  •  Assessing the impact of the loss of the EIF and the existing measures which are in place to minimise the financing gap for UK Infrastructure
  • Regaining investor confidence and exploring options for a deeper bilateral relationship with Europe
  • Is the still a place for public-private partnership models?
  • A new UK infrastructure bank: where do we stand?

Future proofing infrastructure
Preparing for a roll out of autonomous and electric vehicle infrastructure

  • The Automated and Electric Vehicles Act– how will this break the barrier in enabling low cost infrastructure
  • Adapting for change and challenges to creating accessible and affordable charging infrastructure


4:35 pm - 4:55 pm

Stream 3

Transforming regional infrastructure
Managing risks in major programmes: Learning from the failure of the Thameslink and Northern Rail timetables

  • Understanding the causes of major programme failure that lay behind the collapse of the May 2018 national rail timetable
  • Highlighting key lessons to be learnt for other complex infrastructure programmes, such as strengthening governance, risk management management and accountability between interdependent projects
  • Maintaining public trust in major public infrastructure works, and the oversight role of regulators and government bodies

Bridging the investment gap
Mobilising investment for climate change infrastructure solutions

  • Steps to bridging the UK infrastructure investment gap needed to accelerate the shift to renewable electricity supplies and storage technologies, and tackle the housing crisis by building affordable and properly insulated homes
  • Giving private investors the ability to predict and project long-term revenue streams with a pragmatic data and results led approach

Future proofing infrastructure
What will the future of construction look like?

  • How are modern methods of construction delivering infrastructure projects faster and safer?
  • The future is prefabricated: The rise of modular construction


4:55 pm - 5:15 pm

Stream 4

Transforming regional infrastructure
Improving airport connectivity

  • Assessing the future of UK air connectivity
  • Creating new routes, boosting connectivity and capacity for local and national economies
  • Understanding the impact of expanding airport capacity on connectivity, environment and competition

Bridging the investment gap
How Local Governments can fund Infrastructure projects

London has an infrastructure funding gap of £1.3 trillion. New mechanisms need to be developed, and existing mechanisms improved.

An overview of the ongoing work to secure devolution of funding mechanisms and supporting boroughs to maximise the existing mechanisms


Future proofing infrastructure
The vision of 5G in the UK

  • Overview of the challenges and opportunities involved in the roll out of next generation mobile networks across the UK
  • Deploying the necessary infrastructure and driving greater collaboration between operators, local authorities and central government to ensure a smooth roll out
  • Supporting innovation and technology in the sector


5:15 pm -

End of conference