Infrastructure

Why Europe's Universities Need 'Stress Testing' Even More Than the Banking Sector

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Tech
Dirk Jan van den Berg

State funding is being cut, European universities are dropping down the international rankings and less research is being produced... Many European campuses are in very poor functional and physical condition... the time to act is now.

Energy Efficiency's Strength In Numbers

Paul King | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK
Paul King

Reports on how to tackle the UK's ageing, energy inefficient and hard to heat homes are, it would appear, like buses. You wait ages for one to show up...

Switching off the Power to Keep the Lights Switched On

Peter Rolton | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK
Peter Rolton

Successive governments have categorically failed to listen to the warning signs vocalised by the very industry whose co-operation they're now relying on to prevent blackouts, an industry that has watched with increasing anxiety as spare capacity drops ever closer to zero...

Record UK Business Growth Thanks To Sound Economic Policies

Adam Afriyie | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Afriyie

Today, two of the major UK business organisations delivered more good news on the economy. The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) announced the best UK growth figures in May since 2003, and the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) upgraded its forecast to 3.1 per cent for 2014, the highest rate since the 2007 crisis...

The Road to Rio Is Not Running Smooth

Gavin Devine | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Sport
Gavin Devine

In practice the biggest thing holding back the Brazilian food and drink sector is not communications but rather the poor state of domestic infrastructure. The poor reputation of the Brazilian transport sector revealed in our Index reflects the difficulties it faces in delivering what Brazilians need and expect.

Sustainability: Should 'We' Care?

Sakthy Selvakumaran | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK
Sakthy Selvakumaran

The effects of climate change and the depletion of natural resources is becoming ever-more apparent in the UK and around the world: flash floods have destroyed homes; farming and crops have been affected; transport services have caused chaos with sudden cancellations and closures.

What England Can Learn From the Dutch About Water Management

Julian Hunt | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK
Julian Hunt

Increasing evidence and scientific analysis is showing why these events are associated with human induced climate change. The related impacts are becoming more widespread and complex, affecting society from health issues to agriculture, from transportation to economics, and becoming more severe, long-lasting and costly with increasing frequency.

Manufacturing the UK's Economic Recovery

Peter Rolton | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK
Peter Rolton

The Chancellor has his sights set firmly on driving economic recovery, and a central component of the plan is his target to increase the value of annual UK exports to £1 trillion by 2020. This equates to approximately a 100% increase from where we currently stand, and there is little disagreement that it is an exceptionally tall order...

Why Energy Efficiency Must Be a National Infrastructure Priority

Paul King | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Politics
Paul King

A number of issues have been blamed for poor take-up of the Green Deal, from early IT glitches and inadequate marketing to overly-complex administration. But it is the relatively high interest rates on Green Deal loans - around 8 per cent - that have most commonly been cited for deterring consumers from signing on the dotted line.

UK Grid Infrastructure: Not a Leg to Stand On

Peter Rolton | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK
Peter Rolton

A staggering 750,000 UK households were hit by power cuts over the festive season, and as nice as a candlelit Christmas may sound, in practice it is at best an inconvenience and at worst a complete nightmare...

Transforming London: Can We Achieve the Smart City Vision?

Ian McVey | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Tech
Ian McVey

Ultimately, a dependable infrastructure and technology-focused approach are vital foundations upon which a megacity will build itself, which could prove critical to a nation's economy and GDP. Without the infrastructure or technology, the potential for GDP growth may be limited.

Crowds, Banks and Bitcoins Will All Make Headlines in 2014

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

Crystal ball gazing is a hazardous activity, but one thing is certain without mystical help: 2014 is going to be a turbulent year for the economy. Both for professional and personal finances the New Year promises to be one of opportunity and peril, of innovation and uncertainty.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Dave Bottles It In China

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday 3 December 2013... 1) DAVE BOTTLES IT IN CHINA From the Telegraph: "David Cameron avoided a publi...

There Is Something Wrong With Osbornomics

Alan Wyllie | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Alan Wyllie

Don't you just love Tory Britain? It seems that everyone except big business and the most affluent should bear the brunt of austerity, a botched economic theory which has failed whenever it has been applied. While ordinary folk are suffering from austere Osbornomics, the rich and big business are rubbing their hands with increased profits and bonuses.

All Change Please: The New Transport Teams

John Lehal | Posted 08.12.2013 | UK Politics
John Lehal

Anyone hoping that this week's reshuffle would inject some much needed decisiveness into the UK's top transport and infrastructure projects will have been in for disappointment. The Department for Transport has had two of its ministers replaced, and the Shadow Transport team has had a change of leader...

Launching a $500Million Fund As the First Step to Lift 200Million Africans Out of Poverty

Ozwald Boateng | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK
Ozwald Boateng

With Africa aspiring, Africa rising, no longer a hopeless continent of poverty amongst oceans of prosperity, in Obama's Presidency; it is time to forge a new relationship between Africa and America.

What Did the 2013 Spending Review Mean for UK Cities?

Ben Harrison | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Harrison

Although braced for bad news in terms of cuts to their budgets, many cities also held high expectations that the Spending Review would bring some good news on additional freedoms for local areas to prioritise spending, and new capital investment to boost local growth.

Spending Review: Hope and Austerity

Iain Anderson | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Politics
Iain Anderson

As the Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, noted, George Osborne spoke for over 50 minutes. This was a statement that was Budget-like in length. Combined with tomorrow's announcement on infrastructure expenditure it is looking Budget-like in scope too.

IBM Turns SoftLayer's Cloud Blue

Matthew Finnie | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Tech
Matthew Finnie

There is a whole section of the market that wants the next version of cloud computing, where the computing they bring up and down in minutes stays up; and really replaces the need to buy tin, ensuring migration without rewriting all their applications. The next wave of cloud computing decisions will come down to who they can trust

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'A Collection Of Clowns And Angry People'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Monday 29 April 2013... 1) 'A COLLECTION OF CLOWNS AND ANGRY PEOPLE' Two things have become clear over the pa...

Wanted: A Secretary of State for Infrastructure

Alexander Jan | Posted 23.06.2013 | UK Politics
Alexander Jan

A Department for Infrastructure should be created. This super ministry would provide more than leadership for spending departments. It could consolidate infrastructure resources and talent spread thinly through the rest of Whitehall.

Will We Finally Witness a Cycling Revolution in London?

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Anders Lorenzen

As a cyclist myself, I congratulate Boris on scaling up his transport ambitions and recognising the benefits of making London a cycle friendly city; if just some of his plans go through, they will be a great victory for cycling in London. The plans however face many obstacles...

Another Day, Another Hack

Graham Welch | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Tech
Graham Welch

Switch on the TV or scan the headlines and somehow it's become a case of another day, another hack. Multinational companies, governments, global news organizations, social networking sites, celebrities and politicians are all among those that have been left counting the cost of assaults on their e-mail systems and websites.

Could Building Houses Hold The Key To Our Economic Recovery?

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Charlie Thomas | Posted 18.03.2013 | UK

Business groups have begun lobbying the government to move away from slow-growth areas of spending and instead target house-building and infrastructur...

What Can Major Events Like the US Election Tell Us About Our Digital Infrastructure?

Thierry Grenot | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK Tech
Thierry Grenot

For businesses, the dangers of increased and unmanaged traffic levels over corporate networks are immense. Each application running over a network (like Twitter, or videos, or Facebook), drains the network's resources a little.