sponsored by Future Cities Catapult
TechTown is a local stakeholder group that has become a source of action and energy for Barnsley’s ambitious plans to develop more digital jobs and businesses and develop a digital-first culture and infrastructure. The local group was formed as part of the URBACT-funded TechTown Action Planning Network, which Barnsley MBC has led via its Digital Media Centre and Enterprising Barnsley team for the past three years. This network comprises 11 small and medium-sized cities, led by Barnsley, all wanting to develop action plans to grow digital jobs and businesses.
A demonstrator for future urban living
Through extensive collaboration with partners, a clear vision and a holistic approach prompted by challenge and need, Greenwich LBC is unlocking the potential of emerging technologies and innovative approaches to make the borough more prosperous, liveable and sustainable. The council has established a clear delivery mechanism and is engaged in a range of ambitious initiatives, including a smart cities and communities neighbourhood, a smart mobility living laboratory and UK test bed, and an innovation centre – each designed to address key local challenges and ease pressure on infrastructure, services and the environment.
Rediscover Mitcham is the story of how the Future Merton team brought key stakeholders together over five years in an ambitious and pioneering £7m project to halt the decline of Mitcham’s sterile and failing town centre. In a project of unprecedented scale for Merton LBC, the team showed commitment to creative, holistic and integrated approach in planning the town centre’s regeneration, embracing the latest technological innovation and best practice recommendations from prroject partner Transport for London. This innovative approach has reconnected Mitcham with its residents, allowing easy accommodation of pedestrians, cyclists and bus passengers in a sustainable, future-focused way.
The Broseley Project
The Broseley Project sees Shropshire Council working with tech giants to harness consumer technology to offer better capability, flexibility and choice at a lower price, along with the power to disrupt and transform the future of health and social care. Current assistive technology often takes the form of old fashioned and ugly grey boxes with big red buttons, making users feel old and vulnerable. Harnessing advanced consumer technology allows the council to achieve amazing outcomes such as tackling social isolation, detecting and predicting falls and even preventing falls from happening in the first place.
A word from the award’s sponor
Future Cities Catapult is proud to sponsor the 2019 LGC Future Places award.
We are living in an increasingly urbanised world that puts massive pressure on finite city resources. Local councils are doing some amazing work to pinpoint challenges and provide solutions that overcome them. Their work is essential and covers all aspects of life: stimulating the economy, building resilient urban infrastructure and fostering strong governance to improve life for citizens. Future Cities Catapult works closely with councils and city authorities on these challenges, helping to isolate, define and frame problems in ways that have clear paths to solutions. Let’s work together to build cities for the future.
Neil McInroy, chief executive, CLES
Alison Mckenzie-Folan, deputy chief executive, Wigan MBC
Denise Park, deputy chief executive, Blackburn with Darwen BC
Max Wide, associate director, Future Cities Catapult