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Bridget defending capitalism on Radio 4: a interesting listen

A short little piece with Bridget defending capitalism and debating its future:http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b095ptwt @2:54:38
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What’s next for ‘Pricing for Prosperity’?

Our shortlisted Wolfson Economics Prize entry, and the thinking behind it continues to be of interest to various organisations. Paul Buchanan was recently approached by Transportation Professional for comment. A copy of the latest edition of the TP magazine can be viewed here.
Jesus Alvarez

Goodbye Silvia, hello Jesus!

As we wave goodbye to Silvia, we welcome our new placement student Jesus Alvarez, joining us for the year from the University of Bath. We aim to immerse and inspire our placement students and interns. Silvia's parting words to us were: "Thank you for all your kindness, patience and support. It’s been an absolute pleasure to work with you all for the past year and I am incredibly grateful for the things and lessons I learned at Volterra. The time I spent here made me more confident, mature and skilled, helped me understand my strengths and weaknesses." We hope Jesus will also enjoy working with us!
London's Night Time Economy

Ellie speaker at Policy Forum for London event

Ellie was recently invited to speak at the Policy Forum for London’s event on the priorities for developing London’s night time economy. Specialising in the economic impact of developments and proposals, Ellie spoke about London’s night time economy hotspots and historic growth, as well as the business case for the Night Tube. When thinking about the future of the night time economy she highlighted the need for continued investment in infrastructure (eg transport and public realm), a continued commitment to diversify London’s night time offer (eg night time openings of galleries and museums) and the need to ensure the planning process recognises the economic benefits of proposals, alongside balancing other environmental impacts. Other speakers included London’s Night Czar Amy Lamé and Deputy Advisor to the First Deputy Mayor, City of Paris, Frédéric Hocquard.
Volterra are challenge partners for UCL's How to Change the World Programme

Volterra are challenge partners for UCL’s How to Change the World Programme

UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy has run a hands-on training programme - How to Change the World - for its students since 2014. The programme aims to teach students how to direct their own learning and use their initiative to scope out problem statements and design solutions, with guidance from industry partner organisations. This year Volterra are one of the partner organisations. Paul Buchanan and Kieran Arter will be on hand to advise the students during the week long programme (5th–9th June). You can view the programme here
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The Wolfson Economics Prize 2017 – our shortlisted entry led by Paul Buchanan

As a niche consultancy with expertise in the planning, economic and financial appraisal of public and private sector transport, the question for this years’ Wolfson Economics Prize “How can we pay for better, safer, more reliable roads in a way that is fair to road users and good for the economy and the environment?” was perfectly suited to us. We are delighted to have been shortlisted with our entry “Pricing for Prosperity”, and will now continue to develop our submission with our collaborators at Jacobs, over the next two months for the final round. You can view the full article here.
Strutt and Parker

Prospects for Property – Strutt and Parker annual event

Volterra Partner Paul Ormerod was invited to speak at our clients’ Strutt and Parker’s recent annual property outlook event. You can view the full article here.
Chris Bailey

Volterra has a new team member

Having spent his 2015/16 work placement year with us whilst at Bath University, Chris Bailey has now completed his degree and we are pleased that he has now joined us as a permanent member of our team.
Dissington plan

Dissington Garden Village – ‘minded to approve’ decision secured

Lugano Property Group has recently secured a minded to approve decision, subject to referral to the National Planning Case Work Unit, for a garden village on green belt land in Ponteland, Northumberland. The proposed development, Dissington Garden Village, would deliver around 2,000 homes alongside a school, shops, employment floorspace and community facilities. Volterra supported the planning application, outlining the economic case for the scheme. Our work found that the garden village would contribute significant direct economic benefits in terms of temporary construction jobs, up to 990 permanent jobs across the garden village as well as £22.5m worth of resident spending in the North East economy each year. Nationally, the economic case for housing is strong. The North East region’s economy has struggled but has many opportunities for future growth. Key to harnessing this future growth is attracting and retaining skilled people. Ponteland is one of the most attractive places to locate in Northumberland. Dissington Garden Village will contribute positively to this by delivering much needed housing in a location where people want to live. Volterra Partner, Ellie Evans, says that “Dissington Garden Village is a major opportunity for the North East. By providing sensitively designed housing and commercial space in an attractive location alongside investment in social and physical infrastructure, the garden village will attract skilled people to the area, thus contributing positively to the region’s economy, which is in much need of a positive boost.”
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