The world is urbanizing. Between 1995 and 2015, the number of megacities worldwide – defined as a city with more than 10 million inhabitants – has more than doubled, from 14 to 29. Small and medium cities, meanwhile, now account for 59% of the world’s population and are growing at even faster rates. At the same time, however, there are certain challenges like aging infrastructure that are being confronted worldwide.
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At WSP, we care about your city because it’s our home too. The teams who live and work in these growing metropolises must lay the foundations for infrastructure that can adapt over time, in parallel with our changing lifestyles. Cities must be designed resilient and continue to provide opportunities for employment while offering comfortable living accommodations.
There is also a pressing need to reduce the energy and water use of established cities as well as the amount of waste they produce, but there are many political and economic barriers to the substantial changes that are required. Cities are where future economic growth will be concentrated – but that growth must be decoupled from negative environmental and social impacts. Thanks to our local presence in over 500 cities around the world, we work in the communities we live in and design comprehensive, innovative, and cost-effective solutions that make those communities more livable and at the same time meet the needs and requirements of each client by optimising the municipality’s infrastructure.
The Parklands urban regeneration project in Queensland, which was the former site of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village, achieved a 6 star green star rating and is a great example of WSP’s sustainable design expertise. WSP helped create a new mixed use community comprising a retail and dining hub and over 1200 residential units.
As part of the City of Newcastle City Council’s Smart City Strategy, WSP is developing a City Intelligent Platform which will underpin all future smart city initiatives for the city of Newcastle. The platform will help ensure Newcastle has effective and integrated public transport, nurtures a creative and vibrant community and features best-practice energy and water efficiency.