Productive Places

 The UK’s productivity puzzle continues to challenge policy makers and businesses across the country, and yet it has a major impact on the quality of life we all enjoy. We believe that the way we plan and design our cities and communities can play a greater role in making the places we live and work more productive.

Ian Liddell
Managing Director, Planning & Advisory
United Kingdom
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Through a combination of strategic projects and the accumulation of “marginal gains”, we should seek every opportunity to increase local productivity as a means to boost economic prosperity and quality of life
Ian Liddell Managing Director, Planning and Advisory

Key data

If UK-wide productivity matched that of the south east, our economy would be bigger by
10% 10%
This is equivalent to four extra city economies the size of Birmingham and would grow our economy by
£203bn £203bn
cities represent a great opportunity. the percentage of high-skilled jobs on just 8% of land is
72% 72%

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WSP calls for greater productivity focus in planning and design to tackle UK productivity puzzle. 

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Ian Liddell: The role of the built environment in driving local productivity and economic prosperity. 
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