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Connected city


Connected city

We have regional, national, European and global connections. To keep us ahead £1.3 billion will be invested in our networks by 2015.

Easy access to 400 million people across Europe

90% of UK consumers are within four hours travel time

High Speed 2 rail  – London in less than 45 minutes 

50 airlines serving more than 140 routes worldwide

Multi-sector strengths


Multi-sector strengths

Our talented people use their skills and expertise across a range of key sectors.

60% of the UK’s automotive R&D from the region

More BPFS companies than Zurich, Manchester and Edinburgh

23,700 people in architecture and engineering

500 medical technology companies, more than any other UK region

Space to breathe


Space to breathe

Birmingham was voted best UK city outside of London for quality of life (Mercer Quality of Living 2012).

With more than 600 parks and open spaces and Sutton Park as one of the largest urban parks in Europe there is always space to breathe

Slow down. Explore more miles of canal than Venice

Secure future - 10 Local Nature Reserves and 156 designated nature conservation sites

World class city of culture


World class city of culture

Indoors, outdoors, participate, watch or find space and quiet to get away from it all. You will always be able to relax and unwind.

Birmingham was ranked among the New York Times’ top 20 international destinations to visit.

Explore cuisine from more than 27 countries and dine in more Michelin star restaurants than any other English city outside London

More than 500,000 works of art in one square mile

High quality workforce


High quality workforce

Our large talent pool is highly ranked now. It will stay that way.

4.3 million people of working age within an hour of the city

Over 300,000 students and 100,000 graduates within an hour’s drive of the city

A digital hub - for example 21% of the UK's games industry workforce is here

Nearly 1 million people speak a second language

Growth engine


Growth engine

Our £94 billion regional economy will grow 20% by 2020

Innovative economic zones generating £1.5bn and 50,000 new jobs

Home to 75,000 companies, 1,190 of which are international

Our population will grow to 1.17million by 2018 (ONS)

Birmingham New Street helps move nearly 25million passengers annually

Europe's youngest city, with under 25's nearly 40% of our population

Bold regeneration


Bold regeneration

We are investing £18 billion by 2026 in a bold 21st Century regeneration plan.

£1.3 billion will be invested in road, rail and air networks by 2015

£25 million is going in to the Digital Media Academy and £188 million on the new Library of Birmingham

£600 million redevelopment of New Street Station is underway

New team created at MTC to spearhead innovation in construction and infrastructure

A highly-experienced team has been assembled at the Manufacturing Technology Centre to spearhead a technology revolution to the UK construction and infrastructure sectors.

The newly-created team comprises Phill Cartwright, the former chief technology officer at the High Value Manufacturing Catapult; Susan Hone-Brookes, a Chartered Engineer with more than 30 years’ experience and a board member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE); and Trudi Sully, who prior to joining the MTC was Innovate UK’s relationship manager for the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

The trio will bring vast experience and know-how as the MTC looks to support a significant step-change to the construction and infrastructure sectors. They will be backed by the full support of the MTC Group, including access to its world-leading engineers and state-of-the-art equipment.

Under the banner of Working Together: Transforming Construction, the MTC is taking a collaborative approach and looking to bring together major global corporations to jointly oversee a radical shake-up of the industry.

The aim is to support the sector in meeting the targets set out in the Government’s Construction 2025 strategy of reduced costs, faster delivery, lower emissions and increased exports. This is echoed in the Government’s National Infrastructure Delivery Plan 2016-2021.

The MTC, which has had significant impact developing new technologies and manufacturing systems for a range other sectors including defence, automotive and aerospace, will stress the benefits of adapting technologies like automation, robotics, 3D printing and virtual reality.

Hone-Brookes, who joined the MTC from construction giant Laing O’Rourke, said:

“Having worked in the construction industry for more than 30 years I am fully aware of its strengths and weaknesses.
“The Construction 2025 strategy has set out an ambitious vision for the sector of a 33 per cent reduction in whole life costs, 50 per cent reduction in delivery periods and a 50 per cent improvement in the emission of greenhouse gases.
“In addition to that, the Farmer Review, published last year for the Construction Leadership Council, has issued a stern warning calling for the industry to modernise or die.
"The recommendations include investing in research and development, embracing new technologies, increasing collaboration and ensuring it has a future skilled workforce to meet demands.
“The MTC is perfectly primed to be a catalyst for change in the construction and infrastructure sectors using the transfer of knowledge and its manufacturing capability, already proven in other industries.
"Working together we can transform the sectors. We are very much at the start of an exciting and challenging journey.”

The MTC already has the support of the UK arm of construction giant Skanska, which joined the MTC last month with a commitment to develop new technologies for the industry.

The MTC, which is communicating with a number of other businesses in the sectors, has a growing construction and infrastructure portfolio with Amey, HS2, Autodesk and Forterra all members.

Neil Rawlinson, strategic development director at the MTC, said:

“We know the challenges that are facing the construction and infrastructure sectors and know we can influence and create change. We have played a vital role inspiring British manufacturing by providing an agile low-risk environment for innovation, producing a future workforce through our apprenticeship scheme and supporting SMEs.
"We can draw on all of that to deliver solutions for the construction and infrastructure industry from SMEs through to the major organisations.
“To help us achieve this, we have brought together Phill, Susan and Trudi who are extremely knowledgeable about the sector and are passionate about seeing it succeed.
“This will be a significant game changer not only for the construction and infrastructure industries but for the wider UK.”

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