South West Vision

A new report to determine what we need to do to achieve an effective, future-facing infrastructure system for South West England by 2050.

The South West Vision 2050 from the South West Infrastructure Partnership (SWIP), supported by  Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) South West, sets out key challenges, drivers for change and potential enablers within the region, as we adapt and reduce carbon emissions in the period between now and 2050. 

The report, produced by WSP, identifies four areas for action, three key asks of political leaders and five big questions for defining future needs.

The document evidences the experiences of infrastructure and industry expert across the South West, recorded as part of the accompanying Beyond Brunel podcast series. New episodes of the podcast will be available each month along with a set of case studies showing examples of infrastructure projects in the region.

The South West Vision 2050 reveals that much of the thinking needed to identify how to improve the lives of those within the region has already been done, but much more progress is required on committing investment to infrastructure projects that take a long-term view of people, place and the environment.

The report warns that political cycles, siloed working and past practices have guided the approach to infrastructure in the region, however, infrastructure leaders and professionals now have an opportunity to put the response to climate change and the needs of nature and society at the heart of decision making.

The Vision says those living and working in the South West must act on personal and professional pledges, while organisations need to support the development of skills fit for the future. The report calls on the industry to better leverage the power of partnerships to create an informed and cohesive regional voice on infrastructure.

The South West Vision 2050 is a living document, which will be updated and expanded over time. Why not join the South West Infrastructure Partnership to contribute to the project. It’s free to register as a SWIP Contributor.