NIC Design Principles Award
This category will champion projects that are exemplar in terms of design and judge them against the National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC) Design Group’s four key principles of climate, people, place and value.
The Design Principles for National Infrastructure were set out by the NIC’s Design Group in January this year in order to drive industry improvements. The NIC Design Principles Award will recognise a winner in the BCIA project categories that most closely adheres to the four key principles
The Design Group believes the legacy of these schemes will be judged on how they succeed in responding creatively to the needs of climate change, the environment and communities.
NIC Design Group chair Sadie Morgan said: “We are moving into a seminal decade for our infrastructure and the design of every major project should celebrate our nation’s ambition for flourishing communities and an enriched environment.
“By embedding excellent design into planning and delivery from day one and encouraging everyone in the sector to embrace it as part of their role, we can ensure we leave a proud inheritance that inspires people and helps the UK achieve our climate targets.”
Climate - Infrastructure must help set the trajectory for the UK to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner and be capable of adapting to climate change. Projects should demonstrate how they look beyond legislative boundaries to mitigate climate change and provide methods for measuring whole life emissions.
People - Projects should be human scale, instinctive to use and seek opportunities to improve the quality of life for people who live and work nearby. Projects should show that have found opportunities to improve the quality of life for people who live and work nearby and have taken steps to mitigate negative impacts.
Places - Schemes should provide a sense of identity for communities, supporting the natural and built environment and enriching ecosystems. Projects should show how they benefit the natural and built environment and made improvements beyond the site boundary to sustain local ecosystems and support local plans for growth and investment.
Value - Value should be added beyond the main purpose of the infrastructure, solving problems well and achieving multiple benefits. Projects must details how they have bought different professions and skills together from the outset to enable a ‘systems approach’; that have used a shared understanding between different disciplines to resolve multiple problems and in doing so provided multiple benefits.
Judges drawn from the Design Group will select a winner for this category from across the project categories.