9 episodes

Beyond Brunel, the podcast from South West Infrastructure Partnership (SWIP) and ICE South West, is back with the launch of its highly anticipated Season 2. Dedicated to exploring the challenges and innovations in creating and maintaining sustainable infrastructure, the podcast promises a deep dive into the pressing issues facing the South West as it strives to achieve its net zero targets by 2050.

In Season 2, host Christopher Ackland, civil engineer and Vice Chair of the ICE South West Regional Committee, covers a myriad topics with prominent industry leaders, sparking discussions that are essential for shaping the region's sustainable future.

Season 2 aims to continue its legacy of insightful conversations and reach more interested and impacted listeners.

Famous engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel once shaped the South West, creating some of the region’s most iconic and enduring infrastructure. But the podcast asks what kind of infrastructure innovation does the region need today to respond to the climate crisis, demographic changes and new social behaviours?

Beyond Brunel explores the role of infrastructure and civil engineering in the South West’s ongoing journey to decarbonisation, while also improving people’s lives, helping the region become more productive and protecting the environment.

Commissioned and devised by South West Infrastructure Partnership (SWIP) supported by ICE South West.

From Series 1: You can download free case studies companion to the series here:

Vision: https://southwestinfrastructurepartnership.co.uk/2023/02/01/south-west-vision-2050/

Case Studies: https://southwestinfrastructurepartnership.co.uk/2023/02/01/innovation-productivity-case-studies/

Series 1 accompanied the South West Vision 2050 report, which uses the podcast conversations as a basis for examining what the region needs to do to achieve an effective, forward-facing infrastructure system.

Produced by Fresh Air Studios

Beyond Brunel - from the South West Infrastructure Partnership (SWIP‪)‬ SWIP, ICE South West, Fresh Air Studios

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Beyond Brunel, the podcast from South West Infrastructure Partnership (SWIP) and ICE South West, is back with the launch of its highly anticipated Season 2. Dedicated to exploring the challenges and innovations in creating and maintaining sustainable infrastructure, the podcast promises a deep dive into the pressing issues facing the South West as it strives to achieve its net zero targets by 2050.

In Season 2, host Christopher Ackland, civil engineer and Vice Chair of the ICE South West Regional Committee, covers a myriad topics with prominent industry leaders, sparking discussions that are essential for shaping the region's sustainable future.

Season 2 aims to continue its legacy of insightful conversations and reach more interested and impacted listeners.

Famous engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel once shaped the South West, creating some of the region’s most iconic and enduring infrastructure. But the podcast asks what kind of infrastructure innovation does the region need today to respond to the climate crisis, demographic changes and new social behaviours?

Beyond Brunel explores the role of infrastructure and civil engineering in the South West’s ongoing journey to decarbonisation, while also improving people’s lives, helping the region become more productive and protecting the environment.

Commissioned and devised by South West Infrastructure Partnership (SWIP) supported by ICE South West.

From Series 1: You can download free case studies companion to the series here:

Vision: https://southwestinfrastructurepartnership.co.uk/2023/02/01/south-west-vision-2050/

Case Studies: https://southwestinfrastructurepartnership.co.uk/2023/02/01/innovation-productivity-case-studies/

Series 1 accompanied the South West Vision 2050 report, which uses the podcast conversations as a basis for examining what the region needs to do to achieve an effective, forward-facing infrastructure system.

Produced by Fresh Air Studios

    Can infrastructure really be positive for nature in the South West?

    Can infrastructure really be positive for nature in the South West?

    In this podcast, Christopher Ackland is joined by Martin Rule, Lead Adviser, Nature Based Solutions, Environment Agency and Ed Whitelaw, Director of Nature & Neighbourhoods at Real Ideas Organisation to discuss the concept of nature-based solutions and how infrastructure can have a positive impact on nature in the South West.
    They explore the idea of working with nature rather than against it and highlight examples of projects that benefit both nature and communities.
    From the South West Infrastructure Partnership, supported by ICE South West.
    Produced by Fresh Air Studios, Plymouth. www.freshairstudios.co.uk 

    • 34 min
    Shaping the Future of Southwest Infrastructure

    Shaping the Future of Southwest Infrastructure

    Christopher Ackland is joined by Katie Farrell, Assistant Planner, KierBAM JV, based at Devonport Dockyard in Plymouth and Lou Dawson-Thomas, Head of Apprenticeship Services, AccXel Construction School in Gloucestershire, to discuss how we can engage with young people in the South West and encourage them to choose careers in infrastructure industries. He also asks young engineers and apprentices what infrastructure means to them and how young people can have a bigger voice in shaping the region’s infrastructure.
     From the South West Infrastructure Partnership, supported by ICE South West. Produced by Fresh Air Studios, Plymouth.

    • 31 min
    Ports and Flow

    Ports and Flow

    Are South West ports ready for floating offshore wind?
    That’s the important question posed in Season 2 Episode 2 of the Beyond Brunel podcast. Captain Richard Allan, Chief Executive and Harbour Master, Port of Plymouth and member of the South West Regional Ports Association, and Matt Hodson, Chief Operations Officer, Celtic Sea Power (based in Cornwall) join Chris Ackland to discuss the readiness of South West ports for floating offshore wind.
    Among the topics they cover, they talk about the considerable challenges but also the South West’s potential to become a leader in the industry. They highlight the need for collaboration and for capital investment and coordinated policy action to support the development of infrastructure and ensure its success. 
    From the South West Infrastructure Partnership, supported by ICE South West. Produced by Fresh Air Studios, Plymouth.

    • 30 min
    Water

    Water

    Episode 1 of Season 2 features Matt Wheeldon, Director of Infrastructure Development, Wessex Water, and Dave Turner, Coastal Engineer, Moffat & Nicholl, who discuss how the South West can deal with extreme weather outcomes like drought and flooding, avoid environmental issues caused by storm overflows and create more sustainable, nature-based solutions such as rain gardens and green streets. They explore the need for coordinated efforts across various sectors and organisations and how that can be achieved.
    Beyond Brunel Season 2 can be streamed or downloaded on popular platforms like Apple Podcasts and Spotify. If you missed Season 1, it's still available and offers a wealth of valuable insights into the region's infrastructure challenges and solutions.
    From the South West Infrastructure Partnership, supported by ICE South West. Produced by Fresh Air Studios, Plymouth.
     

    • 34 min
    Energy Infrastructure in the South West: Unique Challenges and Advantages

    Energy Infrastructure in the South West: Unique Challenges and Advantages

    What challenges and opportunities face the energy sector in the South West as it works towards net zero carbon by 2050?
    In this episode of Beyond Brunel, Christopher Ackland tackles these tough questions with the assistance of Becky Fowell, Energy Market Analyst at Regen, Linda Irwin, Project Manager at Southwest Net Zero Hub and SWIP Energy Sector advisor, and Peter Kydd, Strategic Advisor to WSP & Immediate Past Chair of SWIP.
    Topics include the big energy opportunities for the South West region, how to ensure a future-ready power grid, and how to include communities in the decision making and development of energy infrastructure.
    From the South West Infrastructure Partnership, supported by ICE South West. Produced by Fresh Air Studios, Plymouth.
     
     

    • 38 min
    Infrastructure Needs and Implementation for Achieving Net Zero in the South West

    Infrastructure Needs and Implementation for Achieving Net Zero in the South West

    The podcast is dedicated to exploring the future of infrastructure in the South West with a view to achieving net zero by 2050. This episode delves into the infrastructure needs and implementation required to achieve these ambitious targets.
    Presenter Chris Ackland is joined by industry experts from across the region: David Carter, Deputy Director of Economic and Community Infrastructure and Commissioning at Somerset County Council; Miranda Housden, ICE South West Director and Secretary of the South West Infrastructure Partnership; Colin Taylor, Emeritus Professor of Earthquake Engineering at the University of Bristol and ICE Policy Fellow for Subnational Decarbonisation; and Tom Whitmore, Managing Director at Geomarine in Guernsey.
    Guests discuss the importance of understanding the context in which infrastructure projects are delivered and the need to enable change and break down barriers to progress. They also share their vision of what infrastructure will look like in 2050 and the possibilities of using the South West as a “living laboratory” to study how infrastructure works and how people use it.
    From the South West Infrastructure Partnership, supported by ICE South West. Produced by Fresh Air Studios, Plymouth.
     

    • 39 min

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Packed with interesting examples and opinions from guests who really know their stuff. You will definitely come across something that makes you think!

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