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October 22, 2020

Nuclear Fusion and the STEP programme

This episode looks at the current state and the future of nuclear fusion in the UK. For over 60 years we’ve relied on nuclear fission to power our homes and businesses. With recent exciting technological advancements,  Verity Barr, Senior Consultant at Camargue speaks to Saranne Postans from the UK Atomic Energy Authority on how the STEP (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production) programme is working towards delivery of nuclear fusion energy and how that could change the landscape of energy production here in the UK and around the world.

October 16, 2020

Solving Britain's housing crisis

Former Estates Gazette and Building editor Peter Bill on his new book, 'Broken Homes: Britain’s Housing Crisis, Faults, Factoids and Fixes'.  

Among topics covered, he talks to Mike Conway about why the Planning for the Future White Paper and proposed planning reforms won’t be the key to unlocking more homes getting built.

October 08, 2020

Social value in construction

This episode looks to go beyond the bricks and mortar of the construction sector – instead focusing on how construction companies can leave a lasting positive legacy in the communities they work in.

Account Manager Chris Tutton is joined by Kevin O’Connor, Head of Social Responsibility & Inclusion at Durkan, to talk about social value in construction and how the industry can maximise what it can offer.

September 21, 2020

The Oxford-Cambridge Arc: ambitions and actions for good growth

What’s your ambition for the Arc? What action do you want to see taken to secure good growth?

In this episode, we explore economic, spatial, social and environmental ingredients for sustainable development in the Oxford to Cambridge corridor. And we talk about leadership, collaboration, design, opportunity and, of course, the impact of Covid-19 on how we view the Arc and its potential.

Joining Camargue Director Ben Copithorne are Nigel Tipple, CEO at OxLep, Sarah Murray, Director and Co-founder at edge Urban Design and Alan Divall, Director at Walsingham Planning.

September 10, 2020

What next for new nuclear?

Time is running out for decisions to be made on UK energy policy. Does new nuclear generation form a vital part of reaching Net Zero by 2050? And if it does, how can we find a funding model that embraces the significant upfront costs?

For this episode of #StrictlyInfrastructure, Camargue’s Toby Barker speaks to Kirsty Gogan, managing partner at the international consultancy Lucid Catalyst and global director of Energy for Humanity, a non-profit organisation focused on solving climate change and enabling universal access to modern energy services and Leon Flexman, corporate affairs director at Horizon Nuclear Power. Together they explore the lessons that can be learned from the offshore renewables sector and explain why building new nuclear power plants is a little bit like assembling flat pack furniture.

August 21, 2020

On your bike

There’s no denying the increased shift towards cycling in recent months, although it is hard to say whether this new appreciation for non-motorised transport is in response to Covid-19 or whether it has been a long time coming.

As we slowly return to workplaces many are now reluctant to step back on to trains and buses and instead are looking for an independent way to travel. Added to  the governments £2billion package to create alternative ways to travel and the cycle Infrastructure Design Guidance Note issued in July, there’s a clear appetite for the UK population to get on their bikes.

Camargue Director Mike Conway is joined by Ed Watson, Director at Ed Watson & Associates, Phil Jones, Director at PJA transport planners, and Irene McAleese, Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at See.Sense, to find out what this all means. 

July 30, 2020

UK ports – Brexit, Freeports and levelling up coastal communities

This episode looks at the future of the UK port industry, from the impact of Brexit and the importance of frictionless trade with Europe and the world to Freeports, digital innovation and progress towards net zero.

Mike Conway, Director at Camargue, is joined by Tim Morris, CEO of UK Major Ports Group, for a wide ranging discussion of the challenges and opportunities the sector faces moving forward.

May 20, 2020

Public consultation – how to adapt to a new world without public events

This first episode looks at how the planning and consultation processes have shifted in the current lockdown situation from a variety of perspectives. While some projects have been put on hold, for those that are going ahead it brings a whole host of challenges, but also offers opportunities.

Aled Rowlands, External Affairs Manager at National Grid, Tracey Crews, Director Planning at Cheltenham Borough Council, and Mike Conway, Director at Camargue, discuss how organisations are innovating and increasingly using digital tools to keep projects moving.