The GBSLEP HS2 programme board have commissioned Digital Birmingham to produce a
'Digital Futures Prospectus'. The prospectus will set out a vision and strategy to inform and influence how HS2 investment can use existing and future technologies and digital systems in a sustainable approach to support local regeneration and deliver an economic, social and environmental legacy.
The prospectus will influence the smart strategic direction of the region's biggest regeneration opportunity that will ensure the building blocks are in place to provide resilience and sustainability of future not yet thought of needs. It aims to address and capture the benefits leading up to commencement of construction of HS2, during construction and then into the long term once services start.
The Digital Futures Prospectus will examine how current and future emerging technologies, together with digital infrastructure, data and smart intelligent systems can help:
- Shape the design, delivery and management of services across all aspects of the GBSLEP HS2 workstream by integration of technologies into the wider built environment
- Support new business models to promote business and civic growth
- Achieve efficiencies in delivery of services and use of resources in a sustainable way that will enable use of clean and green technologies
- Increase skills and access to employment and opportunity to empower the community and citizens to shape and manage their area
- Rethink the development, use and management of buildings, spaces and future homes
The first in a series of workshops took place on Wednesday 24 February 2016, facilitated and hosted by Ernst & Young LLP and was attended by a mixture of HS2 Ltd personnel, West Midlands SMEs, academia, IT, city planners and developers.
A set of activities during the day started to shape the outline scope for the Prospectus that will set out a vision and strategy to inform and influence how HS2 investment can use existing and future technologies and digital systems in a sustainable and integrated approach to support local regeneration and deliver an economic, social and environmental legacy.
A huge amount of content and thinking came out of the day but one clear message was the need for innovation. Whilst there is significant technology innovation this is needed across all other critical elements like governance, finance, stakeholder engagement and procurement.
The outcomes of the February and April workshops can be found below.
The Digital Futures Prospectus will be developed through the HS2 programme workstream 'Digital Infrastructure and Applications'