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

Julie Alexander

Julie Alexander
Chair, UKCRIC Board

Brian Collins

Prof Brian Collins
Deputy Convenor

William Powrie

Prof William Powrie
UKCRIC Convenor


  • University College London
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Cambridge
  • Cardiff University
  • 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

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 convening and management:

Prof Brian Collins
Principal Investigator, Coordination Node for UKCRIC, University College London

Prof William Powrie
UKCRIC Convenor, University of Southampton

Prof David Richards
UKCRIC Director of Strategy, University of Southampton

Prof Christopher Rogers
UKCRIC Director of Research Integration, University of Birmingham

Prof Paul Jeffrey
UKCRIC Director of 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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