Impact assessment

Future cities UK: creating better places to live, work and play

How a £1.5 million investment helped cities deliver an additional £100 million in private investment to make their cities smarter.


Future cities UK: investing in better places to live, work and play

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Future cities UK: investing in better places to live, work and play

Innovate UK challenged 30 cities to improve urban living and working using new technologies. They needed to show how they could achieve this by working with businesses and partners.

Each city received £50,000 to investigate ideas for solving urban living problems. These included challenges in transport, housing, health, energy and pollution.

The cities came up with proposals for a large-scale city demonstrator. This showed how they could integrate different city systems using new technologies.

The winning cities

The winning authority, Glasgow, secured an extra £24 million. It is using this to show how technology can make life in the city smarter, safer and more sustainable. It is focusing on 4 key areas – active travel (cycling and walking), energy, social transport and public safety.

Three other cities, Bristol, London and Peterborough, also won £3 million each to progress their work. Projects that are now progressing include guided car parks, city-wide wireless networks, smart transport, intelligent street lighting, community safety and connected health schemes.

The funding was part of Innovate UK’s urban living programme which works together with the Future Cities Catapult.

Published 18 November 2015