Inspired infrastructure for better living


UKCRIC is a portfolio of research and innovation facilities and programmes with a mission to underpin the renewal, sustainment and improvement of infrastructure and cities in the UK and elsewhere.

The UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC) provides leadership and support for the development and growth of a coordinated and coherent, world class, UK-based national infrastructure research community. By engaging with government, city and commercial policy makers, investors, citizens and academia, it is a joint venture that drives innovation and value creation in the exploitation of services provided by national infrastructure. Through central coordination, providing a focal point for knowledge transfer, UKCRIC supports a step-change in the nation’s approach to infrastructure investment. Significant initial support from government, industry and higher education institutions has enabled:

Test and Experimental Facilities

A set of interlinked national facilities for research on the basic science, technology and engineering that underpins the economic infrastructure sectors and delivers innovative solutions meeting international, national and city needs.

Urban Observatories

A network of ‘urban laboratories’ for rapid trialing of solutions at scale and gathering/curating large volumes of diverse data about current and proposed infrastructure so as to allow policies, regulation, systems and capital investments to be made on the basis of evidence, analysis and innovation.

Modelling and Simulation

An environment to enable ‘what if’ experiments to be carried out in a high performance computing environment on possible large scale solutions at national, regional and city level. This will allow the de-risking of proposed large scale investments, give insights into possible futures and highlight new mechanisms for value capture and benefit realisation.

UK Research and Innovation
EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

leadership and coordination

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Julie Alexander

Chair, UKCRIC Management Board

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Prof William Powrie

UKCRIC Convenor

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Prof Brian Collins

UKCRIC Deputy Convenor

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Prof Cynthia Mitchell

Chair, UKCRIC International Advisory Board

UKCRIC Management Board

UKCRIC’s formal governing body, in the context of the UKCRIC (academic) Collaboration Agreement

Terms of Reference

UKCRIC International Advisory Board

To provide strategic guidance for UKCRIC, from an international perspective

Terms of Reference

UKCRIC Stakeholder Advisory Board

To ensure stakeholder focus and engagement

Terms of Reference


  • University College London
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Cambridge
  • Cranfield University
  • Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine
  • University of Leeds
  • Loughborough University
  • University of Manchester
  • Newcastle University
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Southampton

Engage with UKCRIC

UKCRIC seeks to be an inclusive community, excelling in infrastructure and cities research. Becoming a partner/member of UKCRIC is not a pre-requisite for access to and use of the UK’s infrastructure test facilities, observatories and platforms, or for engaging with UKCRIC-led activities such as funding opportunities, policy development, projects and practice.

For all enquiries concerning how to engage with UKCRIC, please contact the Manager, Coordination Node for UKCRIC via hello@ukcric.com

For further information regarding joining UKCRIC as a member, please refer to our UKCRIC Member—Guidance for UK Institutions

Coordination Node

The Coordination Node (CN) provides governance and coordination for and on behalf of UKCRIC as a whole to ensure that the collective impact of its investments and research is achieved and communicated across and between sectors and communities.

Crucially, the CN is working to deliver a networked suite of national research test facilities ensuring that the obvious and emergent synergies between them are exploited. Through integration of resources and robust mechanisms for cooperation and collaboration UKCRIC will enable all relevant academic and user communities to work together on the challenges of current and future generation infrastructure in complex urban and non-urban environments.

The CN is also driving and supporting the overall direction of the co-developed UKCRIC strategy, governed and steered by national and international public and private sector experts and ‘future leaders’.

Coordination Node Executive:

Prof William Powrie
UKCRIC Convenor (University of Southampton)

Prof Brian Collins
UKCRIC Deputy Convenor (UCL)

Prof Jordan Giddings
Director, Operations & Stakeholder Relations (UCL)

Prof David Richards
Director, Research Strategy (University of Southampton)

Prof Chris Rogers
Director, Research Integration (University of Birmingham)

Prof Paul Jeffrey
Director, Research Impact (Cranfield University)


Infrastructure Database, Modelling, Simulation and Visualisation Facilities

National Buried Infrastructure Facility

Prof Chris Rogers – Director
Dr David Chapman – Technical Director
Prof Ian Jefferson – Deputy Director Geo Processes
Prof Chris Baker – TRAIN Rig Director
Prof Nicole Metje – Deputy Director Sensor Systems

University of Birmingham

Centre for Infrastructure Materials, Imperial

Imperial College, London

Prof Nick Buenfeld (Imperial)

National Infrastructure Lab, Southampton

Centre for Infrastructure Materials, Leeds

University of Leeds

Dr Leon Black

Centre for Infrastructure Materials, Manchester

The University of Manchester

Prof Yong Wang 

National Soil-Foundation-Structure Interaction (SoFSI) Facility, Bristol

Research Facility for Infrastructure Sensing, Cambridge

Dr Jennifer Schooling, Director of the Centre for Smart Infrastructure
Dr Simon Guest, Head of Civil Engineering

Urban Water Infrastructure Facility, Cranfield

Urban Observatory, Newcastle

Stephanie Glendinning
Phil James


Urban Water Infrastructure Facility, Sheffield

Person-Environment-Activity Research Laboratory (PEARL)

Prof Nick Tyler

Integrated Urban Infrastructure Labs, Bristol

Integrated Urban Infrastructure Labs, Cardiff

Rhys Thomas

Integrated Urban Infrastructure Labs, Manchester

Integrated Urban Infrastructure Labs, Newcastle

Prof Richard Dawson


Integrated Urban Infrastructure Labs, Sheffield

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