The Urban Innovation Centre
One Sekforde Street
Chief Executive: Nicola Yates OBE
Chief Financial Officer: Rosemary Boot
Turnover: £12 million
Number of staff: 60
We are Future Cities Catapult, the global centre of excellence that advances urban innovation, grows UK companies, and makes cities better. We bring together businesses, universities and city leaders so that they can work with each other to solve the problems that cities face, now and in the future.
From our Urban Innovation Centre in London, we provide world-class facilities and expertise to support the development of new products and services, as well as opportunities to collaborate with others, test ideas and develop business models.
We help innovators turn ingenious ideas into working prototypes that can be tested in real urban settings. Then, once they’re proven, we help spread them to cities across the world to improve quality of life, strengthen economies and protect the environment.
Our Cities Lab provides data analysis, modelling and visualisation capabilities to understand and elucidate city problems, while on-the-ground demonstrators in our network of collaborating cities provide opportunities for testing new approaches in-situ. Combined, they help us discover which new ideas can have the biggest impact on our urban environments.
By bringing together the UK’s top architects, engineers, designers, academics and business professionals, we can help them transform cities on a global scale. We strengthen the UK’s ability to turn excellent urban innovations into commercial reality.
What are we working on right now? Our Future of Planning programme is creating a more transparent, data driven and digitally enabled planning system. We’re collaborating with the EU on iSCAPE which is a project to develop and evaluate an integrated strategy for air pollution control in European cities. And our work with Belfast City Council is harnessing new technologies to increase revenue from business rates across the city and provide better services to its citizens.