Circular Economy focus as Peterborough site bids to help build expanded Heathrow

Circular Economy focus as Peterborough site bids to help build expanded Heathrow

 

 Pic­tured (l-r): Steve Bow­yer, Chief Exec­ut­ive of Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough, John Holdi­ch, Lead­er of Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil, Emma Gilthorpe, Exec­ut­ive Dir­ect­or of Expan­sion at Heath­row, May­or James Palmer, Cam­bridge­shire & Peter­bor­ough Com­bined Author­ity, Cllr Peter Hiller, Port­fo­lio Hold­er for Growth, Plan­ning, Hous­ing and Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment at Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil.

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  • Today (6 June 2018), May­or James Palmer and rep­res­ent­at­ives of Heath­row Air­port, will be hos­ted by Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough at the Rox­hill Peter­bor­ough Gate­way site
  • The Peter­bor­ough site is one of two from the East of England in the run­ning to help deliv­er expan­sion
  • Heath­row expan­sion is set to cre­ate up to 12,900 new jobs and gen­er­ate up to £15 bil­lion of eco­nom­ic bene­fits across the East of England

On Fri­day (6 July), Emma Gilthorpe, Exec­ut­ive Dir­ect­or of Expan­sion at Heath­row will be joined by May­or of Cam­bridge­shire and Peter­bor­ough, James Palmer, as she vis­its the Rox­hill Scheme at Gate­way Peter­bor­ough. The site is one of the two long­listed sites in the East of England. The vis­it is part of a nation­wide tour of 65 sites still in the run­ning to be off­s­ite con­struc­tion centres for Heath­row expan­sion.

Four sites across the UK will even­tu­ally be selec­ted as Heath­row logist­ics hubs. The sites will be used to pre-assemble com­pon­ents of an expan­ded Heath­row before trans­port­ing them in con­sol­id­ated loads to the air­port. Logist­ics Hubs are essen­tial in ensur­ing Heath­row expan­sion deliv­ers for the whole coun­try by spread­ing jobs, boost­ing pro­ductiv­ity and mod­ern­ising the con­struc­tion industry out­side of Lon­don and the South East.

This will be the first time rep­res­ent­at­ives from the UK’s only hub air­port have returned to East Anglia since an over­whelm­ing major­ity of MPs speak­ing on behalf of con­stitu­en­cies across the UK, aligned to dif­fer­ent parties voted to sup­port expan­sion. These sites are bid­ding to poten­tially become off-site con­struc­tion centres, giv­ing the East of England the oppor­tun­ity to help deliv­er Britain’s new run­way.

In March, Heath­row CEO John Hol­land-Kaye was joined by Brandon Lewis MP for Great Yar­mouth for vis­ited Peel Ports Great Yar­mouth. Dur­ing the vis­its, the pro­spect­ive bid­ders have the oppor­tun­ity to show­case the unique strengths of their sites.

Heath­row expan­sion is set to cre­ate up to 12,900 new jobs and deliv­er up to £15 bil­lion worth of eco­nom­ic growth for the East of England. In addi­tion to the jobs boost from the poten­tial logist­ics hub, Cross­rail ser­vices are set to reduce jour­ney times from Shen­field to Heath­row.

Last week’s par­lia­ment­ary vote on the Air­ports Nation­al Poli­cy State­ment has cleared the way for Heath­row expan­sion to become Gov­ern­ment poli­cy, mark­ing the end of the debate on the new run­way and grant­ing per­mis­sion for the project’s deliv­ery. These con­tin­ued site vis­its are just one of the ways that Heath­row is work­ing to kick start the deliv­ery of one of the UK’s largest infra­struc­ture pro­jects.

 

Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow’s Exec­ut­ive Dir­ect­or of Expan­sion, said:

We’re thrilled to be back in the East of England fol­low­ing the over­whelm­ing back­ing Par­lia­ment gave Heath­row expan­sion last week. It is bril­liant to see, first-hand, the poten­tial role the region could play in deliv­er­ing Britain’s new run­way.

These hubs will ensure an expan­ded Heath­row deliv­ers for all of Bri­tain, trans­form­ing con­struc­tion across the UK and cre­at­ing a skills leg­acy for future gen­er­a­tions. When chosen, the final four sites will kick start the job cre­ation and eco­nom­ic bene­fits that expan­sion will bring. We are look­ing for­ward to meet­ing the team at Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough and see­ing what the site in Peter­bor­ough has to offer.”

 

James Palmer, May­or of Cam­bridge­shire and Peter­bor­ough, said:

Heath­row expan­sion is an oppor­tun­ity to boost pro­ductiv­ity and equip Brit­ish work­ers with new skills. The bil­lions of pounds of private invest­ment to fund expan­sion will deliv­er massive bene­fits all over the UK before the new run­way is even oper­a­tion­al. I am delighted that Heath­row has long­listed a site in Peter­bor­ough and we’re keen to demon­strate why our area with its thriv­ing sup­ply chain should play a part in the con­struc­tion of one of the country’s most cru­cial infra­struc­ture pro­jects.”

 

Chief Exec­ut­ive of Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough, Steve Bow­yer, said:

We’re delighted to be host­ing the team from Heath­row today to show­case why Peter­bor­ough would make the per­fect loc­a­tion for a logist­ics hub. As a for­ward-think­ing, future city, Peter­bor­ough has excel­lent trans­port links, gig­abit speed inter­net con­nectiv­ity and a host of suc­cess­ful world-class busi­nesses oper­at­ing across all sec­tors – par­tic­u­larly man­u­fac­tur­ing and engin­eer­ing. Add to that our fant­ast­ic tal­ent pool of skilled work­ers and our ever grow­ing Uni­ver­sity offer, and the city’s case for being a logist­ics hub loc­a­tion is very com­pel­ling indeed.

Peter­bor­ough has a strong track-record of secur­ing new invest­ment; in fact just this week the Con­struc­tion Industry Train­ing Board (CITB) has con­firmed the city is its pre­ferred loc­a­tion for its new head office. Secur­ing a Heath­row logist­ics hub would be a huge boost to the loc­al eco­nomy and test­a­ment to the city’s long­stand­ing repu­ta­tion as thriv­ing busi­ness des­tin­a­tion.”

 

Sites in the East of England long­listed for Heathrow’s Logist­ics Hubs: 

 

Pro­moter  Site Name  Site Loc­a­tion 
Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough  Rox­hill Scheme At Gate­way  Peter­bor­ough 
Peel Ports Group  Peel Ports Great Yar­mouth  Great Yar­mouth 

 

For more inform­a­tion vis­it: https://your.heathrow.com/takingbritainfurther/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Heathrow_Logistics_Brochure_25.04.17.pdf 

Boosting productivity, innovation & efficiency in the manufacturing sector

Boosting productivity, innovation & efficiency in the manufacturing sector

With the likes of Blue Plan­et shock­ing the nation and Michael Gove now eager to bring in new sus­tain­ab­il­ity legis­la­tion in the post-Brex­it era, the pub­lic mood is chan­ging. How do you ensure that your busi­ness is a sus­tain­ab­il­ity lead­er, rather than on the back foot?

For the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor, the cir­cu­lar eco­nomy offers a new mod­el to rethink how products are designed and made, to truly con­nect eco­nom­ic and envir­on­ment­al gains. This means redesign­ing products so they last longer, so they can be repur­posed, reman­u­fac­tured and even shared. The cir­cu­lar eco­nomy aims to ensure mater­i­als and resources remain cir­cu­lat­ing in the eco­nomy for as long as pos­sible and at their highest value. With increas­ing interest nation­ally, as demon­strated by the inclu­sion of the cir­cu­lar eco­nomy in the UK’s Indus­tri­al Strategy White Paper as a lever to increase pro­ductiv­ity, we want to make sure loc­al busi­nesses are aware of the con­cept and provided with the tools to sup­port them shift towards more sus­tain­able oper­at­ing mod­els.

Innov­a­tion in Man­u­fac­tur­ing: the Cir­cu­lar Eco­nomy Advant­age

  • What? We’re offer­ing a free work­shop to provide an over­view of what the cir­cu­lar eco­nomy is all about, lead­ing industry prac­tices and prac­tic­al steps your busi­ness can take to become more pro­duct­ive and resource effi­cient.
  • When? 13th March 2018 9.30am – 12.30pm, Allia Future Busi­ness Centre Peter­bor­ough
  • Who’s it for? Any organ­isa­tions with­in the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor, or provid­ing ser­vices for man­u­fac­tur­ing busi­nesses…. or if you’re just inter­ested in the event! Organ­isa­tions with­in Peter­bor­ough, Fen­land, South Kesteven and the wider area are wel­come to attend.

Our excit­ing line-up of guest speak­ers will be cov­er­ing the latest innov­a­tions in sus­tain­able man­u­fac­tur­ing….

Tim Devon­shire – Per­kins

Per­kins has a strong his­tory of reman­u­fac­tur­ing products, Tim will be explain­ing how this provides their cus­tom­ers with lower-cost products and deliv­ers cost sav­ings for Per­kins through the reuse of mater­i­als.  Tim will also be talk­ing about optim­ising sys­tems, max­im­ising the use of mater­i­als and resources through­out a product’s life in order to cre­ate higher qual­ity products and reduce envir­on­ment­al impact.

Owain Grif­fiths – Oak­dene Hollins & the European Reman­u­fac­tur­ing Coun­cil

 At Oak­dene Hollins, Owain works with busi­nesses to improve the sus­tain­ab­il­ity and cir­cu­lar eco­nomy per­form­ance of their products. Owain will be talk­ing about how a shift towards more sus­tain­able prac­tices can have real busi­ness bene­fits. Owain will also be provid­ing an insight into their work estab­lish­ing the European Reman­u­fac­tur­ing Coun­cil and work­ing with glob­al busi­nesses.

 Alan Howard – Insti­tu­tion of Engin­eer­ing & Tech­no­logy (IET)

Alan will be talk­ing about the IET’s recent Sus­tain­able Man­u­fac­tur­ing report, which out­lines the ambi­tion for a post-Brex­it UK to cre­ate sig­ni­fic­ant social, eco­nom­ic and envir­on­ment­al impact. Alan will be mak­ing the con­cept of sus­tain­able man­u­fac­tur­ing real to busi­nesses by provid­ing action-ori­ented steps to deliv­er tan­gible impacts for micro-busi­nesses, SMEs and lar­ger com­pan­ies.

There will also be oppor­tun­it­ies to dis­cuss the exist­ing chal­lenges your busi­ness is facing and explor­ing these with a range of experts.

To sign up to the event, please use our Event­brite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/innovation-in-manufacturing-the-circular-economy-advantage-tickets-41974338376

If you have any fur­ther ques­tions, please feel free to email Katie.thomas@opportunitypeterborough.co.uk

Businesses Discuss Peterborough’s Circular Future

Businesses Discuss Peterborough’s Circular Future

Over 40 busi­ness del­eg­ates from organ­isa­tions across Peter­bor­ough have helped to define how the city can meas­ure its pro­gress towards cre­at­ing a Cir­cu­lar Eco­nomy.

By adopt­ing cir­cu­lar eco­nom­ic prin­ciples, the Depart­ment for Envir­on­ment, Food and Rur­al Affairs (DEFRA) cal­cu­lates that UK busi­nesses could bene­fit by up to £23 bil­lion per year through low cost or no cost improve­ments in the effi­cient use of resources.[1]

Facil­it­ated by the Future Peter­bor­ough pro­gram­me, dis­cus­sions at a recent work­shop centred around how the city and organ­isa­tions could improve under­stand­ing, facil­it­ate change and chart suc­cess with­in the 7 Rs — rethink, redesign, repair, reuse, reman­u­fac­ture, recycle and recov­er products and ser­vices. These are the sev­en pil­lars that form the found­a­tion of the Cir­cu­lar Peter­bor­ough Com­mit­ment.

This Com­mit­ment has set out the city’s approach to cre­at­ing a Cir­cu­lar Peter­bor­ough and is a Future Peter­bor­ough ini­ti­at­ive delivered by Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough and Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil. Devel­op­ing a Cir­cu­lar Eco­nomy means encour­aging col­lab­or­a­tion across the city to max­im­ise the life­cycle of products and ser­vices, help­ing organ­isa­tions save money by redu­cing waste, envir­on­ment­al impact and reli­ance on raw mater­i­als and nat­ur­al resources, whil­st mak­ing bet­ter use of our resources, mater­i­als, products, prop­er­ty and people.

Organ­isa­tions that took part in the work­shop included Queens­gate, Skanska, Allia, Per­kins, Cross Keys Homes, Wal­ters and AECOM.

Examples of pro­jects that con­trib­ute towards a cir­cu­lar eco­nomy that are already under­way in Peter­bor­ough include:

  • Cross Keys Homes’ Food Cycle pro­ject which uses excess food from loc­al super­mar­kets and stores to com­bat food pover­ty.
  • Share Peter­bor­ough, a free busi­ness to busi­ness online shar­ing plat­form that is help­ing organ­isa­tions in the city to share resources.
  • Regen­er­a­tion work at the Rail­world Wild­life Haven reused and repur­posed items – like using scrap metal pipes to build hand­rails and old aque­ducts to cre­ate walk­ways.

Del­eg­ates were joined by The Ellen MacAr­thur Found­a­tion, a glob­al thought-lead­ing char­ity work­ing with decision makers in busi­ness, gov­ern­ment and aca­demia to drive the cir­cu­lar eco­nomy agenda. Peter­bor­ough is part of the Foundation’s exclus­ive Cir­cu­lar Cit­ies Net­work which includes New York, Rio de Janeiro and Copen­ha­gen.

Julia Vol, Port­fo­lio Man­ager from the Ellen MacAr­thur Found­a­tion said, “It was inspir­ing to see how a small city such as Peter­bor­ough is tak­ing big steps to intro­duce a cir­cu­lar eco­nomy approach, look­ing to strengthen the loc­al busi­ness com­munity and improve qual­ity of life for the city’s res­id­ents.”

Steve Bow­yer, Chief Exec­ut­ive of Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough said, “The work­shop has provided some prac­tic­al steps for the Future Peter­bor­ough team in how we meas­ure the city’s pro­gress towards cre­at­ing a Cir­cu­lar Peter­bor­ough and we’re grate­ful to all the busi­nesses, and organ­isa­tions such as the Ellen MacAr­thur Found­a­tion, who con­trib­uted their time and expert­ise.

Hav­ing a cir­cu­lar eco­nomy could save busi­nesses thou­sands of pounds by max­im­ising their use of resources whil­st sig­ni­fic­antly improv­ing busi­ness effi­ciency and redu­cing envir­on­ment­al impact. Organ­isa­tions may already be doing a lot with­in the 7Rs and we want to build on the expert­ise and good prac­tice already in place with­in Peter­bor­ough to max­im­ise oppor­tun­it­ies.”

[1] http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/wraps-vision-uk-circular-economy-2020

City businesses commit to creating a Circular Economy by 2050

City businesses commit to creating a Circular Economy by 2050

City organ­isa­tions includ­ing Roy­al Haskon­ing DHV, Skanska, Viridor and Coca Cola, Free Think­ing, I3 Media and Rail­world, today atten­ded a sign­ing cere­mony com­mit­ting sup­port to cre­ate a Cir­cu­lar Peter­bor­ough by 2050.

Cir­cu­lar Peter­bor­ough, a Future Peter­bor­ough ini­ti­at­ive, delivered by Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough and Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil, encour­ages col­lab­or­at­ive work­ing across the city to max­im­ise the life­cycle of products and ser­vices, driv­ing great­er resource pro­ductiv­ity, redu­cing envir­on­ment­al impact and address­ing declin­ing nat­ur­al resource issues in the future.

The Cir­cu­lar Peter­bor­ough Com­mit­ment sets out an approach: rethink­ing; redesign­ing; repair­ing; repur­pos­ing, reusing and shar­ing; reman­u­fac­tur­ing; recyc­ling and recov­er­ing products and ser­vices – the 7 Rs which enables the city to make the most of loc­al resources, sup­port eco­nom­ic resi­li­ence, develop strong com­munit­ies and increase envir­on­ment­al sus­tain­ab­il­ity.  Organ­isa­tions who have signed the com­mit­ment are act­ively involved in devel­op­ing pilot pro­jects and ini­ti­at­ives which encour­age a more sus­tain­able approach to busi­ness in our city.

Steve Bow­yer, Chief Exec­ut­ive of Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough and Pro­ject Dir­ect­or of the Future Cit­ies Pro­gram­me said ‘Put simply, if we con­tin­ue to use resources at the cur­rent rate, we will need three plan­ets worth to sup­port future gen­er­a­tions.  Cre­at­ing a cir­cu­lar eco­nomy here in Peter­bor­ough starts at grass­roots with city busi­nesses com­mit­ting to rethink the way they oper­ate’.

Paul Row­land, Region­al Man­ager for Viridor added of the com­mit­ment: “Peter­bor­ough is at the fore­front of devel­op­ing a more resource effi­cient UK. As a city we must look to reduce the amount of waste we pro­duce, recycle as much as pos­sible and then at the Energy Recov­ery Facil­ity we work closely with Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil to trans­form what res­id­ents throw away in their bins into power­ing homes in the city along with sup­port­ing loc­al busi­nesses to divert waste away from land­fill. By com­mit­ting to the Cir­cu­lar Peter­bor­ough ini­ti­at­ive we will be able to sup­port the City as it grows in the future devel­op­ing a more resi­li­ent and suc­cess­ful place to live.”

Peterborough shares smart success on the global stage

Peterborough shares smart success on the global stage

Peter­bor­ough is being cata­pul­ted to new heights of inter­na­tion­al acclaim as its smart and sus­tain­able cre­den­tials are exhib­ited at the Smart City World Expo in Bar­celona this week (15 – 17th Novem­ber).

After win­ning the title of “World Smart City 2015”, Peter­bor­ough was invited to show­case its cit­izen-centred approach towards cre­at­ing a smart city to an inter­na­tion­al audi­ence of more than 400 city lead­ers, influ­en­cers, busi­nesses and smart tech­no­logy innov­at­ors.

Delivered by eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment com­pany, Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough, and Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil, the Peter­bor­ough DNA pro­ject was formed four years ago after the city was awar­ded £3 mil­lion by the Tech­no­logy Strategy Board, (now Innov­ate UK) to test, develop and imple­ment new and smarter ways of con­nect­ing people, places and ser­vices.

Now, as Peter­bor­ough pre­pares to hand over its title of World Smart City, Steve Bow­yer, Chief Exec­ut­ive of Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough has been invited to speak at the World Expo in Bar­celona to share the Peter­bor­ough suc­cess story with del­eg­ates from around the globe.

Steve said: “We’re really excited to be shar­ing our work with an inter­na­tion­al audi­ence that holds the same ambi­tion as Peter­bor­ough – to cre­ate smart, sus­tain­able cit­ies. Peter­bor­ough has a fant­ast­ic story to tell and events like this provide the per­fect oppor­tun­ity for us to show­case our city to pro­spect­ive investors, busi­nesses and oth­er city lead­ers.”

The Smart City Expo takes place from 15 – 17th Novem­ber in Bar­celona. Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough and Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil will be joined by a num­ber of part­ners and spon­sors at the exhib­i­tion, includ­ing: Arcus Glob­al, Brit­ish Stand­ards Insti­tute, Hon­ey­well, Blue Sky, Pin­sent Masons, MyCog­ni­tion and Folk Labs.

Peterborough hosts National Event to share learnings around Future Cities

Peterborough hosts National Event to share learnings around Future Cities

From one of the UK’s four Future City Demon­strat­ors to win­ning Smart City of the Year, Peter­bor­ough hos­ted an event for city lead­ers, aca­dem­ics and industry experts from across the UK to share this jour­ney, the suc­cess and the les­sons learnt.

Mak­ing Smart Cit­ies More Human’ was the title of a one-day con­fer­ence held at the Allia Future Busi­ness Centre, co-hos­ted by Innov­ate UK and Peter­bor­ough DNA, Peterborough’s Future Cit­ies pro­gram­me, delivered in part­ner­ship with Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough and Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil.

Future City Pro­grammes have become increas­ingly pop­ular in some of the world’s lead­ing cit­ies to help under­stand and address the increas­ing com­plex­ity of city life and its man­age­ment. In the UK, Innov­ate UK launched the Future Cit­ies Demon­strat­or pro­gram­me and awar­ded Peter­bor­ough a £3mil­lion grant to dis­cov­er the value that could be delivered to a city through integ­rat­ing city ser­vices and sys­tems.

Show­cas­ing Peterborough’s cit­izen cent­ric approach, del­eg­ates heard about the pro­jects and ini­ti­at­ives that have been delivered in the three years since the pro­gram­me com­menced and the value added for busi­nesses, future skills and the city being named Smart City of the Year at the Smart City World Con­gress Awards at the Smart City Expo in Bar­celona in Novem­ber 2015.

Mov­ing for­ward bey­ond the Demon­strat­or, del­eg­ates heard about Peterborough’s Cir­cu­lar City and Digit­al City aspir­a­tions which also included ‘Ques­tion and Answer’ Pan­el Ses­sions with some of the lead­ing people in the respect­ive fields includ­ing rep­res­ent­at­ives from Great­er Lon­don Author­ity, For­um for the Future, Cran­field Uni­ver­sity and BGL Group.

Steve Bow­yer, Chief Exec­ut­ive of Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough and Pro­gram­me Dir­ect­or of Peter­bor­ough DNA, said; ‘Peter­bor­ough is really cre­at­ing a name for itself in the world of smart cit­ies, how­ever I’m often asked what exactly is a smart city and why is it rel­ev­ant to me? In a nut­shell it’s about con­nect­ing places, spaces, people and ser­vices in bet­ter and more intel­li­gent ways, embra­cing tech­no­logy as a way of achiev­ing great­er things.’