Part of the EY Building Future Britain campaign

Future Cities

Is the path to future growth through smart infrastructure?

  • Share

The megatrends of the urban world are placing cities and their infrastructure under increasing pressure.

With a burgeoning global population, the UN predicts city living will reach 66% by 2050.

Cities are also growing in size and number with countries – for example – China, developing two mega cities housing around 100 million people by 2030.

What does this mean though for the UK’s future cities?

UK cities are growing, with figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showing an average 3.4% increase between 2011 and 2015. London and Bristol recorded the highest growth – 5.7% and 4.5% respectively. Alongside this, citizen’s movement across cities is changing. For example, in 2014, smartphone travel applications were being used by over 70% of Londoners.

Whilst many of the technologies that will power future UK cities and infrastructure are still emerging, disruption is increasing the pressure on cities to become smart and resilient. New ideas and providers are accelerating the pace of change, challenging traditional business models and demanding new approaches.

Our report explores the different challenges UK cities face, whether legacy cities dealing with aging infrastructure, new cities planning for the future, or transitioning cities buckling under the pressure of urbanisation and growth.

To help future cities achieve a resilient future, EY are proud to be a global platform partner of the Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities Initiative, which currently includes five UK cities.

EY - 100 Resilient cities