Peterborough named one of the UK’s top Smart Cities

by | Nov 6, 2017 | Smart cit­ies

Peter­bor­ough has been named as one of the UK’s top 10 lead­ing Smart Cit­ies in a report pub­lished last week (com­men­cing 23 Octo­ber).

The Future Peter­bor­ough pro­ject, run by Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough in part­ner­ship with Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil, was given spe­cial recog­ni­tion for its unique approach to sus­tain­ab­il­ity and its approach to cre­at­ing cir­cu­lar eco­nomy which aims to reduce waste and reli­ance on raw mater­i­als.

With cit­ies look­ing to become more resi­li­ent and sus­tain­able, Smart City pro­jects like Future Peter­bor­ough have been her­al­ded for play­ing a key role in over­com­ing some of the biggest chal­lenges facing the coun­try and its com­munit­ies.

Smart Cit­ies aim to integ­rate digit­al, social, eco­nom­ic and envir­on­ment­al sys­tems to improve ser­vices, effi­ciency and sus­tain­ab­il­ity. The research and rank­ing pub­lished by glob­al inform­a­tion and com­mu­nic­a­tions com­pany, Hua­wei, assessed the UK’s top 20 Smart Cit­ies’ achieve­ments in each of these areas as well as for their over­all vis­ion.

Peter­bor­ough scored highest for its Smart City strategy and also received the index’s Star Award 2017 for innov­a­tion in sus­tain­ab­il­ity. The final rank­ing for Peter­bor­ough placed it higher than Cam­bridge, which came in at tenth, and the likes of Oxford, Edin­burgh, Shef­field and Liv­er­pool.

One high­light drawn from Peterborough’s Smart City achieve­ments included the Cir­cu­lar City ini­ti­at­ive which was com­men­ded as an import­ant and unique per­spect­ive on innov­a­tion. The Cir­cu­lar City work aims to reduce waste and reli­ance on raw mater­i­als by keep­ing resources cir­cu­lat­ing with­in the eco­nomy for as long as pos­sible.

Spe­cial praise was also given to Share Peter­bor­ough, the resource shar­ing plat­form which was launched in Novem­ber 2016. Scaled-up from ori­gin­ally focus­ing on the Fengate area, Share Peter­bor­ough now has over 200 com­pan­ies registered as mem­bers so they can make bet­ter use of under­used resources across the city. Examples include leftover bread that could be used for brew­ing to provid­ing desk fans for hos­pices free of charge.

Peterborough’s Inter­net of Things (IoT) based sus­tain­able drain­age pro­gram­me was also high­lighted as one of the city’s top achieve­ments. By integ­rat­ing data from rising river levels with intern­al sys­tems at the City Coun­cil, there is a more intel­li­gent under­stand­ing of rising river levels, allow­ing for more rap­id and effect­ive inter­ven­tions to be put in place.

Steve Bow­yer, chief exec­ut­ive at Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough said, “It’s great to see Peter­bor­ough recog­nised for its efforts to cre­ate a bet­ter city for its cit­izens and busi­nesses. Our pos­i­tion in the index reflects that whil­st we look for solu­tions that might be empowered we don’t look just at digit­ally led answers: we want to cre­ate a ‘future Peter­bor­ough’ rather than a ‘futur­ist­ic’ city which is resi­li­ent and sus­tain­able, and a great place to live, work and invest.”

Cllr Peter Hiller, Cab­in­et Mem­ber for Growth, Plan­ning, Hous­ing and Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment at Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil said, “See­ing Peter­bor­ough retain a prom­in­ent pos­i­tion with­in the UK’s top Smart Cit­ies, fin­ish­ing higher than the likes of Cam­bridge and Oxford, is a real test­a­ment to just how much the Future Peter­bor­ough team has achieved. As the report points out, it’s vital for Smart City pro­jects to have act­ive sup­port from loc­al author­it­ies in order to achieve the best out­comes for every­one. Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil will con­tin­ue to sup­port the work of the Future Peter­bor­ough team to ensure we can enhance as many ser­vices as pos­sible.”

To read the full report, vis­it:{A81CFA81-C7A8-4E8F-A088-963C7E73F3CC}

To find out more about the Future Peter­bor­ough pro­ject, vis­it: