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The latest in technology innovation and lessons learnt from extensive market research and project experience
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Subterranean Services
Increasing demand for higher density above ground has led to city planners looking below the surface.

Creating a two-layered district, with key services and logistics running underground, can negate a number of issues while allowing for increased density above ground. Creating a subterranean layer also allows for effective water recycling in public space.
Parking need not take up space above ground. Automated parking systems currently in operation show that the required footprint of high capacity parking can be minimal.
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Local delivery and collection within a community frequently causes issues with traffic congestion, pollution and delivery failure. With deliveries and logistics centralised, utilising a subterranean network serviced by Autonomous Vehicles for the last mile, the heavy volume of traffic servicing businesses, homes and essential services such as waste collection can be taken away from the doorstep.

A subterranean network of service corridors can be created, enabling ease of access for maintenance and providing scalability without impacting the public realm space above. Meanwhile, buildings can be ‘plugged in’ to services below ground.

Commercial and residential deliveries can be automated and interactive... never miss a delivery again!

How to do it

• Analysis of required services including space requirements and site access points

• Layered approach to design, including a site logistics centre

• Vendor/Manufacturer engagement

• Coordination between services and monitoring tools.

• Single platform for all subterranean logistics (air traffic control)

Smart Roads
Roads can be seen as more than a surface for transport. The opportunity to turn roads and pathways into energy-generating assets and increase driver and pedestrian safety. The modular basis of photovoltaic and kinetic tile surfaces allows quick replacement of damaged units, meaning that repairs can be undertaken swiftly and with minimal disruption to traffic.
Whilst driverless cars are by no means ubiquitous, most research indicates that it will not be long before their use becomes widespread. With some predicting over 30 million Autonomous Vehicles globally by 2030, it would be prudent to consider the road and supporting infrastructure and how we can possibly prepare for the near to mid future.
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Driverless cars and flexible streets enable intelligent prioritisation to emergency vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians depending on requirements. Transport infrastructure is part of a journey, not just for the user, but for cities and large-scale developments.

How to do it

• Current and planned transport system analysis
• Site-wide infrastructure feasibility for Roads, Parking, Pathways, Lighting, Public Transport & Wider Local Transport
• Holistic Operational Cost/Benefit Review
• Site standardisation and city integration.

Smart Waste Management
Enabling proactive waste management and monitoring using IoT can help achieve environmental goals and improve user experience and wellbeing.
Creating an underground waste system linked to a central collection point to support site-wide sustainability and encourage recycling without detracting from the streetscape. Software alerts to the refuse collection team ensure efficient collection planning, therefore reducing carbon footprint by taking away the stop-start collection of traditional bins.
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Furthermore, creating a network of environmental monitoring sensors generating environmental data, this can be linked with other systems to understand trends regarding pollution, weather, transport usage and site-wide wellbeing.

How to do it

• Review of existing communities to assess current demands and needs
• Engagement with key stakeholders reviewing current issues, projections and vision
• Identify Environmental goals and cost points
• Technology strategy to support environmental goals and reduce operational costs
• Implementation of integrated systems to provide a site-wide implementation plan.
• Step-goal approach to environmental improvement

Community User Interface
For residents, students, workers, visitors and businesses, today’s cities and developments must be built in the physical and digital world.
For residents, fingertip access to local amenities and swift integration in to the locale is expected to be seamless and intuitive.
 
Giving residents access to knowledge of their community’s social activities, safety and environmental performance can help build a welcoming and engaging environment.
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Digital convenience is no longer a luxury, but a requirement, and the demand for a digital layer augmenting a community must be considered within every city.

With live and up-to-date information regarding public transport, parking, availability of communal space and key local events, workers, residents and visitor alike will regard developments as more than physical locations, but interactive hubs within cities.

Local business will benefit from digital placemaking, allowing their customers to connect freely, while managing demand and delivery with minimal interruption.

Developments have the opportunity to become extremely efficient ecosystems, where tourists and visitors feel connected and protected, while workers coming to the region are provided with the information and flexibility to accommodate their needs.


Cities will benefit from the digital community as real-time data generates accurate social, environmental, operational and security information that can be used to reduce operational costs and provide tangible evidence to increase location the desirability of the site.

How to do it

• Engagement with City Council, Local Stakeholders and bordering developments
• Local and regional outcome definition
• Development of Technology Strategy in alignment with Stakeholder strategies
• Sensor/Data Source mapping, ‘platforming’ and integration
• Develop site-wide, enterprise-grade communications infrastructure technology solution, including Resilient fibre network, Pervasive Wi-Fi, 4G/5G coverage & Resilient power infrastructure
• Continuous development and alignment of locations/neighbourhoods throughout the project lifecycle
• Final development of a unified community platform

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