Future Ready

We know that our future world will be very different from today’s in many ways. Future Ready is our program to see the future more clearly, and to work with clients to design for this future as well as for today’s needs.


Global innovation program

Through Future Ready, WSP brings clarity and vision to complex challenges. We see the future more clearly through key trends in climate change, society, technology and resources, and challenge staff to work with our clients to advise on solutions that are both ready for today and for this future. Future Ready delivers peace of mind, lower lifecycle costs and resilience.

The future is now

We know from our research across the world that current design codes don’t necessarily account for the future we’re anticipating. With the Future Ready program, our experts are able to help our clients prepare for future realities of self-driving cars, ubiquitous renewables, ultra-flexible places, more severe weather events and increasing loneliness, amongst many factors.

Integrating future trends

We know there’s a huge job ahead of us to make existing infrastructure ready for the future. Including future trends in our advice to clients helps them plan for the long-term and makes good business sense. There are many ways we can make our projects Future Ready at no additional cost; in fact the whole idea is that it leads to lower overall costs because our thinking and designs have a future bias.


Sharing our insights

By designing for the long – as well as the short term – and by sharing our approach and insights, we progressively help cities, communities and clients get ready for the future. Ready for rapid urbanisation, ready for heavier rainfall and hotter temperatures, and ready for a more connected world. We are thrilled to share our insight and knowledge. Please contact our experts.


Can we plan infrastructure to cope with climate changes?

Rainfall will become more extreme but less reliable, leading to increased flooding, with extreme rainfall events doubled by 2050 in Canada.

Can we build communities to respond to isolation?

One person households are the largest area of growth in the UK. Even as we become more connected, the future could also be increasingly lonely.


Can we design roads and communities to be ready for electric, self-driving cars?

Parking typically uses 15-30% of an urban area. New mobility offers the possibility to revitalize streets and to plan now for how electric cars of the future will be charged.


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Future Ready Insights

At the heart of Future Ready is research and bold thinking. Our experts from across the world deep dive into complex issues in search of innovative solutions. Each year, WSP produces a great number of articles, white papers,  and other Insights on what the future brings.

Read our Future Ready Insights

Future Ready Leaders

Claire Hicks
Program Manager Future Ready
Lucy Connell
Head of Brand, Middle East
United Arab Emirates