Live Labs 2 goes live with Brum expo


A 'must-attend' event in April will bring together the key parties in ADEPT’s £30m Live Labs 2 programme, which is trialling new ways to accelerate the decarbonisation of local highways infrastructure and assets.

Taking place at the Birmingham Conference and Exhibition Centre on 17 April, Live Labs 2 Expo 2024 will demonstrate the innovation, services and technologies currently in development and set out priorities for the years ahead.

The event will bring together the projects, their commercial partners, the Commissioning Board and local authority and industry figures to showcase the insights from Live Labs 2 so far, and encourage collaboration between public and private sector partners in order to embed local road decarbonisation into UK practice.

Appearing at the event will be the teams, programme leads and partners in Live Labs 2 projects:

  • UK Centre of excellence for materials – lead authorities: North Lanarkshire Council and Transport for West Midlands
  • Corridor and place-based decarbonisation – lead authorities: Wessex Partnership (Somerset Council, Cornwall Council, Hampshire CC), Devon CC and Liverpool City Council
  • A green carbon laboratory – lead authorities: South Gloucestershire Council & West Sussex CC
  • A future lighting testbed – lead authority: East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Live Labs 2: Decarbonising Local Roads in the UK is a three-year, £30m, UK-wide programme funded by the Department for Transport and managed by ADEPT that will run until March 2026.

It will tackle the embodied and hidden carbon in the local roads’ ecosystem and life cycle from specification and procurement, through construction, delivery, operation and maintenance to decommissioning and reinstatement.

The programme is overseen by a commissioning board whose members include Colas, Construction LCA, County Surveyors’ Society Wales, Department for Infrastructure Northern Ireland, DfT, EY, Innovate UK, Kent County Council, Kier, Leicestershire CC, Open Data Institute, Ringway, SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business, the Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland, Transport for London and WSP.

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