The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) is opening applications for its new Design Group, which could play a major role in setting standards and developing research.
The NIC is looking for five professionals with relevant infrastructure and design expertise to become members of this new group, which will meet formally four times a year. Successful applicants will receive £500 per day, plus 'reasonable travel and expenses' for their time.
The planned HS2 Curzon Street station in Birmingham
Commissioner Professor Sadie Morgan, who will chair the Group, said those involved will make the case for design experts to get, 'a seat at the table at every step in a project’s lifecycle,' and shape how infrastructure is planned and delivered.
The group is looking for professionals with backgrounds ranging from the built environment, ecology, to engineering to sustainability. It aims to develop principles that could be applied to all major projects and undertake research on the added value good design can bring.
It follows recommendations in the UK’s first-ever National Infrastructure Assessment, which looks across a range of sectors and as far ahead as 2050 to provide a fully-costed and ambitious vision.
A key recommendation in the Assessment is that all nationally-significant infrastructure projects should have a board-level design champion.
Professor Sadie Morgan said: 'Whether it’s engineers, architects, designers or ecologists, we’re looking for people who are passionate about good design and have the commitment, energy and enthusiasm needed to be real champions for this cause across the world of infrastructure.'
Anyone wishing to apply should download the candidate pack and submit their application by 5pm on Friday 15 March 2019.