Practice areas

Cities and Infrastructure

The World Bank has categorised urbanisation as a ‘defining phenomenon’ of the 21st century. On the one hand, cities are engines of productivity, growth and development. At the same time, without well-designed and implemented policy, poverty incidence will remain high, often exacerbated by substantial infrastructure gaps and acute vulnerability to climate and other environmental pressures. Cities also have a crucial role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In this complex environment, Vivid has worked with clients on urban development issues across the world helping to draw out alternative urbanisation pathways and the policy levers that determine these pathways; promoting understanding of the links between urbanisation, development and climate resilience; and identifying the strategic imperatives of different stakeholders in the urban environment.

Infrastructure is often the key to unlocking growth and prosperity at the city, regional, national and supra-national level. Our work has helped clients in choosing, financing and regulating all forms of infrastructure assets both in the developed and developing world. We played, for instance, an integral role in the design and set up of the UK’s Green Investment Bank (GIB), helping to identify which sectors had the greatest infrastructure needs, and how the organisation could ensure maximum private-sector leverage. We also have extensive experience in identifying long term infrastructure projections, based on both economic and policy drivers, and have worked with a range of clients in helping to identify the advantages and disadvantages of different infrastructure regulation options.