Inadequate infrastructure costs the nation £2 million a day, and extreme events can cost hundreds of millions more. The University of Bristol is one of 14 partners in the UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC) which has secured £138 million of funding to develop a world-class, national infrastructure research community.

UKCRIC will co-ordinate partnerships across industry, academia, government and communities to facilitate the long-term, cost-effective functioning of the UK’s transport systems, energy systems, water supplies, waste management, flood defences and the development of SMART infrastructures.

UKCRIC's world-class research facilities comprised of Infrastructure Laboratories and Urban Infrastructure Observatories and Living Laboratories  will be supported by Infrastructure Database, Modelling, Simulation and Visualisation Facilities, located in Oxford and a Coordination Node located at UCL to integrate activities and industry collaboration across UKCRIC.

Infrastructure Laboratories:

  • Birmingham: National Buried Infrastructure Facility
  • Southampton: National Infrastructure Lab
  • Imperial College London, Leeds, Manchester: Centre for Infrastructure Materials
  • Bristol: National Structure-Foundation-Soil Interaction (SFSI) Facility
  • Cambridge: Research Facility for Infrastructure Sensing
  • Cranfield, Newcastle and Sheffield: Urban Water Infrastructure Facility
  • University College London Human Interaction Lab: SuperPAMELA 

Urban Infrastructure Laboratories:

  • Bristol
  • Cranfield
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle
  • Sheffield

For further information please see Urban Observatory website.

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