Arup-led consortium wins role on £3.6bn Towns Fund programme

WCN Editorial Team 16 Jun 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

An Arup-lead consortium has been selected by the UK Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to help authorities in assessing the £3.6bn Towns Fund.

The consortium includes Copper Consultancy, Grant Thornton UK LLP, FutureGov, Nichols and Savills.

A total of 100 places, which have been selected for the government’s Towns Fund, will submit their proposals for a multi-million-pound investment, in the form of a Town Investment Plan.

The Town Investment Plan involves ambitious plans required to transform their towns with a focus on improved transport, broadband connectivity, skills and culture.

All the 100 selected places will be supported by the Towns Hub, which comprises the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Arup-led Towns Fund Delivery Partnership.

UK Minister of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Simon Clarke said: “Ensuring that every part of this country has the opportunity to grow and prosper is at the heart of the mission of this Government, and our Towns Fund is an essential part of making sure that our communities have the level of investment they need to drive jobs and economic growth.

“Investment in our towns is needed more than ever as we move to the next stage of the economic recovery from Covid-19, and the Fund will play an important part in the kick-starting of our economic recovery and levelling up our regions.”

Under the 12-month contract, which is valued at £8m, the consortium will be responsible for facilitating communication between towns, regions and central government to share knowledge to develop the projects and strategies.

Arup Integrated City Planning director Joanna Rowelle said: “Our geographic breadth and diverse resource capability mean that we can respond rapidly and effectively to the needs of this programme, as we bring together bespoke, first-class technical expertise across a range of services and known town priorities.”

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The 100 places selected for the government’s £3.6bn Towns Fund. (Credit: Crown copyright/gov.uk)

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