WSP welcomes the West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy which will help the Midlands Engine unlock investment and continue to drive growth in the region.
The launch of the Strategy comes at a vital time with milestones on HS2, the development of 5G, trials of connected and autonomous vehicles, the rollout of smart and low carbon energy and the drive to deliver more and better housing.
The unique opportunity for showcasing the region’s potential with preparations for the 2022 Commonwealth Games and Coventry’s year as the City of Culture in 2021, will further galvanise industry to invest in the region. This strategy provides a framework to do so.
The regional leadership it demonstrates, acts as a buffer against political and economic uncertainties, and helps refine the region’s identity and potential to investors in the UK and beyond.
What is particularly welcome, is the recognition of infrastructure’s role in turning the Midlands Engine vision into reality, while unlocking productivity gains for the region, as highlighted in our Productive Places White Paper.
Future of Mobility
We welcome the flurry of positive announcements that will help the Midlands strengthen its place as the UK’s first Future Mobility Area, the West Midlands. These will embolden key players such as Transport for West Midlands, with whom we are developing the first at scale connected and autonomous vehicle corridor test bed between Coventry and Birmingham.
As, we now gear up for delivery of this strategy, what matters is ensuring the infrastructure we deliver is as future ready as the intentions we share. This is particularly true in the context of de-carbonisation. Whether it be heat, or mobility, we believe the Midlands can also lead the way, and look forward to continue playing our part.
WSP is supporting the growth of the Midlands Engine by bringing together over 700 engineers, planners and technical specialists into our new Birmingham office, our flagship office in the Midlands region. This investment is a signal of our confidence in the region and this together with our graduate and apprenticeship programme - we have 68 graduates and 32 apprentices based in Birmingham – is contributing to WSP’s continuing energy and dynamism in the West Midlands.