15 episodes

Whether it’s the water that runs from your taps, travelling from A to B, or the digital connectivity you’re relying on right now, we wouldn’t get very far without infrastructure.

In this series, we explore how infrastructure relates to everyday life, and how changing technology is affecting what infrastructure should and could do for us.

This podcast is made by members of the UK National Infrastructure Commission's Young Professionals Panel. If you have feedback on the podcast, ideas for future episodes, or simply want to get in touch, please email us at infraunstructured@gmail.com.

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Whether it’s the water that runs from your taps, travelling from A to B, or the digital connectivity you’re relying on right now, we wouldn’t get very far without infrastructure.

In this series, we explore how infrastructure relates to everyday life, and how changing technology is affecting what infrastructure should and could do for us.

This podcast is made by members of the UK National Infrastructure Commission's Young Professionals Panel. If you have feedback on the podcast, ideas for future episodes, or simply want to get in touch, please email us at infraunstructured@gmail.com.

    PAS 2080

    PAS 2080

    PAS 2080, what is it? What does it mean for your role?

    You may have come across PAS 2080 in your role already, you may even be an expert looking to hear new perspectives, or you may be completely new to the topic and looking for a quick digestible introduction. Either way, this podcast promises to be a great addition to your day.

    Natalie Bird, Investment appraisal advisor specialising in carbon management and PAS 2080 at Mott Mac Donald and Ranier Valcarcel, Associate Director at BuroHappold Engineering joined Brittany Harris from the YPP to share their experience of working with PAS 2080 and great advice on how to make best use of this framework as your progress on your journey to Net Zero Carbon.

    • 42 min
    Building Back Better

    Building Back Better

    In this episode, the YPP are joined by Henri Murison from Northern Powerhouse, Polly Barker from Hatch, and Chris Wanzala-Ryan from the National Infrastructure Commission, to explore how we can adapt our infrastructure to suit future ways of working and living.

    • 39 min
    Future infrastructure trends: the YPP meet ICE President Rachel Skinner

    Future infrastructure trends: the YPP meet ICE President Rachel Skinner

    In this episode of infra[un]structured, Calum Askins and Brittany Harris of the National Infrastructure Commission's Young Professionals Panel are joined by Rachel Skinner, President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, to explore Net Zero and Levelling Up. We discuss the new National Infrastructure Strategy, how the pandemic has shifted travel demand, and how we can still continue to develop new infrastructure as we head towards net zero. We also explore how we can use infrastructure to support levelling up across the whole of the UK.

    • 35 min
    Decarbonisation, Levelling Up, and a New YPP

    Decarbonisation, Levelling Up, and a New YPP

    What have sensors got to do with net zero? What does Levelling Up actually mean? And what has infrastructure got to do with any of this?



    Join us as we explore these questions in episode 12 of infra[un]structured, the first of a brand new series.



    In this episode, Charlotte Mitchell hands over the reins to a new cohort of the National Infrastructure Commission's Young Professionals Panel. Monica Laucas and Sam Cocking from the new YPP join Charlotte to introduce their cohort and the two themes that will guide their work: Decarbonisation and Levelling Up. Together, they explore some of the ways in which infrastructure relates to these themes and give examples from their own backgrounds. Sam introduces how sensing data could help to decarbonise infrastructure asset management, while Monica discusses the challenges of agreeing a precise definition for levelling up. Over the next couple of years, the YPP will be exploring these themes in more detail. Let us know which topics you would like to hear us discuss on infra[un]structured by getting in touch with us at infraunstructured@gmail.com. To hear more about our other events, follow us on LinkedIn or sign up to our email newsletter. You can find more details about both of these at nic.org.uk/about/young-professionals-panel.

    • 27 min
    Episode 11: Railway Stations

    Episode 11: Railway Stations

    In episode eleven of infra[un]structured (recorded in early March), host Charlotte Mitchell of the National Infrastructure Commission's Young Professionals Panel talks all things railways and railway stations, and how these buildings, both large and small, shape places.

    She is joined by two guests: Anthony Dewar, Professional Head of Building and Architecture at Network Rail, who is also a member of the Commission's Design Group; and Mihir Benison, a Senior Planner at Arup, who sits on the Mayor of London's Young Professionals Panel.

    Together they discuss among other things why stations are sited where they are, how they contribute to shaping a 'place' (and vice versa), what determines the design of new railway buildings … and terrazzo floor tiles!

    • 33 min
    Episode 10: Carbon

    Episode 10: Carbon

    In episode ten of infra[un]structured, regular host Charlotte from the National Infrastructure Commission's Young Professionals Panel - discusses the challenge of creating a low-carbon economy in the UK and what that means for infrastructure.

    She is joined by Commissioner Professor Sir Tim Besley, and fellow YPP member Jenn Holgate, who is a lawyer for energy company Vattenfall. They discuss what the Net Zero carbon emissions goal means in practice, how cities are leading the way in reducing their carbon impacts, and look at the challenge of installing low-carbon heating and what we can learn from past experiences.

    • 35 min

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