National Needs Assessment - A Vision for UK Infrastructure

The National Needs Assessment report takes stock of the UK’s infrastructure and discusses the steps needed for a national infrastructure system that is efficient, affordable and sustainable.

The NNA states what needs to be done now and the decisions that need to be taken to deliver services for our infrastructure needs until 2050. It provides a blueprint for the government-backed National Infrastructure Commission’s own National Infrastructure Assessment, due to be published in 2018.

50 formal responses were received during the consultation process and these have been fed into the findings and recommendations.

NNA report recommendations include:

  • A long-term strategic approach to infrastructure provision for the UK
  • Government should commit to stable policies for infrastructure that transcend political cycles, particularly for energy
  • The UK’s future infrastructure needs are intertwined – transport needs energy, housing needs transport, energy and water
  • Technological innovation means people are used to paying for infrastructure services in different ways and funding models should evolve accordingly
  • Innovation and training are key to reducing the costs of building and operating infrastructure

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Government view of the NNA

“This is a prime example of the exceptional quality of research and thinking being done in the UK at the moment around our future infrastructure needs.

“One of my top priorities is to make sure we make sensible choices about how we invest to meet our long-term infrastructure needs and this National Needs Assessment will make an invaluable contribution to the decisions that are ultimately made.

David Gauke, Chief Secretary to the Treasury

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Expert views of the National Needs Assessment

Nick Roberts, CEO UK & Europe, Atkins - Why is the NNA relevant to industry?
Adam Cooper, Director of Policy and Engagement, National Infrastructure Commission - Why is the NNA important to the NIC?
Keith Waller, Senior Adviser, Infrastructure Projects Authority - How does the NNA contribute to the work of the IPA?
Andrew Wescott, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Institution of Civil Engineers - What is the National Needs Assessment?

Browse submissions

50 formal entries were received during the consultation process. Each of these responses is available for download below.

Respondent Submission
Environmental Services Association Download submission
LDA Design Download submission
Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) Download submission
Attitudes to infrastructure survey Download submission
The Crown Estate Download submission
Copper Consultancy Download submission
English Resource Networks Download submission
Scotch whisky Download submission
South West Water Download submission
Lightsource Renewable Energy Download submission
British Tunnelling Society Download submission
Cory Environmental Download submission
Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) Download submission
David Booker Download submission
Dong Energy Download submission
DS Smith Download submission
E3G Download submission
Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES) Download submission
AECOM Download submission
The Geological Society Download submission
The Local Government Technical Advisers Group (TAG) Download submission
Barton Willmore Download submission
Bill Lee, former county engineer Download submission
Reg Sell Download submission
Essex County Council Download submission
IEEE Download submission
Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) Download submission
International Planning Studies – Learning from France Download submission
England’s Economic Heartland Strategic Alliance Download submission
Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) Download submission
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Download submission
Airport Operators Association (AOA) Download submission
Oxford Brookes University – School of the Built Environment Download submission
Tempus Energy Supply Download submission
Network Rail Download submission
Canal & River Trust Download submission
Pinsent Masons Download submission
University of Exeter Download submission
Colin Baird – civil engineer Download submission
Scottish Water (SW) Download submission
Reuby and Stagg Download submission
Pennon Group Download submission
British Property Federation (BPF) Download submission
Open Energi, National Grid, Cardiff University Download submission
Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) Download submission
Rees Jeffreys Road Fund Download submission
Lightsource Renewable Energy Holdings Download submission
Smithson Hill Download submission
Turner & Townsend Download submission
West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority (ITA) Download submission

Executive group members

  • Sir John Armitt, Chair, President Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Martin Baggs, former CEO Thames Water
  • Nick Baveystock, Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Graham Dalton, Independent
  • John Dickie, London First
  • Jim Hall, Oxford University & Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium
  • Steve Holliday, former CEO National Grid
  • Rhian Kelly, CBI
  • Jon Lamonte, Transport for Greater Manchester
  • Professor Lord Robert Mair, Cambridge University
  • Robbie Owen, Pinsent Masons
  • Richard Threlfall, KPMG
  • Gareth Williams, Scottish Council for Development and Industry


  • Atkins
  • ICE
  • ITRC

Project team

  • Atkins
  • ICE
  • ITRC
  • KPMG
  • Pinsent Masons