About Future Peterborough
The Future Peterborough programme is delivered in joint partnership by Opportunity Peterborough and Peterborough City Council. Commencing in 2012, the programme has evolved from the Peterborough DNA demonstrator phase to the Future Peterborough scale-up phase.
Our citizen centred approach resulted in world recognition, with Peterborough being awarded World Smart City in 2015.
Shortlisted cities in the Smart City of the Year 2015 included Moscow and Dubai, but judges were impressed with Peterborough’s commitment to becoming a Circular City and its Environment Capital vision. Peterborough’s collaborative approach to citizen involvement, also convinced the awards jury that Peterborough should win.
In 2012, Peterborough came second in a competition run by Innovate UK. As a result we were awarded £3 million to test, develop and implement new concepts and ideas connecting people, places, spaces and services in smarter ways, creating a more sustainable city to live and work in.
The demonstrator programme, Peterborough DNA, focused on delivering four interlinked strands of activity: Smart Business, Living Data, Skills and Innovation.
The programme provided a foundation to deliver smart projects across the city through strong leadership and support to deliver innovative solutions to city challenges.
We are now scaling up the innovative ideas, approach and projects delivered as part of the Peterborough DNA demonstrator phase through the Future Peterborough programme.
We are taking the experiences and lessons learnt from the demonstration projects and embedding it in the way we operate as a city. The Future Peterborough approach is built upon intelligence, listening to the people living in our city, smart leadership and circular economy principles.