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Bridget Rosewell writes paper for Montrose Journal

Bridget Rosewell writes paper for Montrose Journal

Volterra's Senior Adviser and leading Economist Bridget Rosewell has written a paper for the Montrose Journal: Winter 2015. Strategic Intelligence and advice. You can read the journal titled New Routes: To prosperity or conflict? Bridget's article 'Financing Infrastructure: who foots the bill? ' is a fascinating look at the context and necessity for infrastructure for economic growth.
Planning permission granted for new luxury West End Hotel: Peninsula London

Planning permission granted for new luxury West End Hotel: Peninsula London

Joint venture partners, Grosvenor and The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels (HSH) Ltd, have been granted planning permission for their application to build a luxury hotel (the Peninsula London) and prime residential units at 1-5 Grosvenor Place. Volterra were brought on board to outline the economic case for the development which is expected to support over 2,000 jobs in the wider economy.  Partner Ellie Evans says “This represents a unique opportunity for London: HSH aim to operate one Peninsula hotel in every global city and have been looking for a suitable location in London for over 25 years. The development will help to retain and enhance London’s reputation as one of the world’s best cities to visit, ensuring that the Capital’s visitor economy continues to be an engine for UK growth.”  You can read more information about the venture here. Image: Hyde Park Corner by S Pakhrin licensed under CC BY 2.0 
Planning permission granted for Nova Place and Nova East, Victoria

Planning permission granted for Nova Place and Nova East, Victoria

Nova Place and Nova East make up part of Land Securities’ wider masterplan for the Victoria Transport Interchange 2 (VTI2). Volterra outlined the economic benefits of the developments, which together are expected to support approximately 1,500 jobs in the wider community and provide over 40 residential units. The economic benefits were received positively by Westminster City Council, who granted planning permission to both developments at a planning committee meeting this week. Senior Consultant Lucy Dean says “This is an important development for Westminster, providing much needed office space in the borough. Sufficient office space is crucial for Westminster to maintain its strong economic growth in the future; this is important not just for Westminster’s economy but for the London and national economy too.” You can read the planning committee report here.  
Driverless Cars...closer than you think

Driverless Cars…closer than you think

In October this year Volterra Partner Paul Buchanan spoke at the Urban Land Institute’s conference Driverless Cars and the City.  The conference explored the implications for cities, mobility and the possible changes to urban realm. It was aimed at complementing initiatives delivered by Greater London Authority and London Transport Museum across the following themes: Challenging the current thinking of how Driverless Cars will impact urban realm Future autonomous transport systems – will they make urban mobility better or worse? Emerging and anticipated technology – 3D movement modelling and city implications How Driverless Cars could reshape the city scape Precedents and city opportunities from current trials Real Estate and insurance implications Leading economist and transport specialist Paul Buchanan spoke about Economic, planning and investment policy implications. Paul’s priorities were managing road-space, the impact on Buses, Pedestrians and Cyclists and Legislation. In a lively discussion there was much debate about linking data, smart cities and systems and making them all work together. You can read a full report detailing what was discussed here.  Image: Red Line Metro in Dubai by Tim Adams is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Volterra part of Arriva’s successful rail franchise bid team

Volterra part of Arriva’s successful rail franchise bid team

The government announced today that it intends to award the Northern rail franchise to Arriva Rail North Ltd. This will see a transformation of rail travel in the North through a £1bn investment programme. The government announced today that it intends to award the Northern rail franchise to Arriva Rail North Ltd. This will see a transformation of rail travel in the North through a £1bn investment programme. Volterra provided ongoing economics support to Arriva throughout the bidding process. This included a comprehensive ‘backcasting’ review where we examined the suitability of standard industry tools in forecasting rail demand, and used research and statistical analysis to improve the approach. We also forecast the impact of many of Arriva’s proposed improvements on future demand and revenue, and developed a framework for demonstrating the socio-economic benefits of the franchise. Read more about it here. Image: DSCN2495 by Jeremy Segrott licensed under CC BY 2.0
Bridget Rosewell announced as Commissioner for National Infrastructure Commission

Bridget Rosewell announced as Commissioner for National Infrastructure Commission

Volterra partners Paul Ormerod, Paul Buchanan and Ellie Evans are delighted to announce Bridget Rosewell's appointment as Commissioner on the independent National Infrastructure Commission. On Friday 30th October at the National Railway Museum in York George Osborne announced Bridget Rosewell as one of the seven highly experienced Commissioners to work with Lord Andrew Adonis. The new National Infrastructure Commission has been set up by Chancellor George Osborne as an independent body to provide unbiased analysis of the UK’s long term infrastructure needs, with the goal of ensuring that the country invests more effectively and efficiently in infrastructure in the future. Volterra's extensive work furthering the debate supporting transport and city infrastructure to enable change and growth ensures that Bridget will make an invaluable contribution in this post. The Volterra partners would like to congratulate Bridget on this exciting appointment and look forward to continuing to make the case for effective investment in infrastructure, across the country, to support a much needed growing and balanced economy.
Building with Certainty: Volterra’s Ellie Evans presents on the macro economy and the outlook for property

Building with Certainty: Volterra’s Ellie Evans presents on the macro economy and the outlook for property

On 15th October Volterra partner Ellie Evans spoke at Strutt & Parker’s Development & Planning breakfast seminar ‘Building with Certainty’. The event was attended by over a hundred property professionals and covered a wide range of topics from political stability to development funding and city investment. Ellie opened the event giving a presentation on the economic outlook. Ellie explained that the UK economic outlook is very positive, with strong GDP growth, low unemployment and real wage growth finally returning. However she also discussed the risks to this including China’s recent stock market crash, and specifically in the context of property, the rising unaffordability of housing, particularly in London and the South East and whether this can continue.
Driverless Cars and the City. Volterra’s Paul Buchanan speaker at conference.

Driverless Cars and the City. Volterra’s Paul Buchanan speaker at conference.

The emergence of autonomous vehicles will have far reaching implications for cities, planners, real estate and the wider urban environment. Going beyond the technology, Urban Land Institute’s conference Driverless Cars and the City, explored the implications for cities, mobility and the possible changes to urban realm. It was aimed at complementing initiatives delivered by Greater London Authority and London Transport Museum across the following themes: Challenging the current thinking of how Driverless Cars will impact urban realm Future autonomous transport systems – will they make urban mobility better or worse? Emerging and anticipated technology – 3D movement modelling and city implications How Driverless Cars could reshape the city scape Precedents and city opportunities from current trials Real Estate and insurance implications Leading economist and transport specialist Paul Buchanan spoke about Economic, planning and investment policy implications. Paul’s priorities were managing road-space, the impact on Buses, Pedestrians and Cyclists and Legislation. In a lively discussion there was much debate about linking data, smart cities and systems and making them all work together.
Bridget Rosewell speaker at The Great Manchester Economics Conference

Bridget Rosewell speaker at The Great Manchester Economics Conference

On 2nd October Volterra’s leading Economist Bridget Rosewell spoke at The Great Manchester Economics Conference. An event organised by The Saturday Economist in association with pro-manchester, this top level conference bought together the best economic minds in the country. Over 300 of the region’s professionals, leading experts and influencers in the world of economics gathered together for a day of insight, analysis and debate in this fast paced news style event hosted by John Ashcroft. Discussing burning economic issues: China’s economy and its impact on UK markets, oil and commodity prices, interests and UK growth. You can see images of the event here.
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