National Infrastructure Lab



This lab will focus on transport infrastructure, predominantly rail. It will provide a greater understanding of soil-structure-vehicle interactions of trackway systems and innovative structures that will drive the intelligent design, remediation and management of linear infrastructure systems. The aim is to deliver higher value, lower cost reliable and safe transport for people and freight. This is particularly needed in the context of increasing demands placed on urban systems and more extreme events.


A major new building (5255m²) on the Boldrewood Innovation Campus will house

  • double- and single-height laboratories for the testing of large scale structures, components and materials at a range of scales and under a range of environmental conditions and temperatures
  • an advanced geomechanics laboratory with scaled and full-scale physical testing capabilities
  • lecture and teaching space

There will be a major focus on transport infrastructure, predominantly rail.

BBC transport correspondent Paul Clifton describes the background and plans for the lab, now under construction

Contacts at National Infrastructure Lab
Prof William Powrie
Prof David Richards
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