The TIES Living Lab Programme

A new programme designed to drive innovation across major infrastructure projects in the UK, has been launched by Minister of State, Andrew Stephenson.

The ‘Transport Infrastructure Efficiency Strategy Living Lab’ (TIES Living Lab) is a transformative collaboration aimed at harnessing the vast quantities of intelligence that UK infrastructure projects generate, that can help identify modern methods of construction – driving down delivery times, reducing our carbon footprint and improving safety and skills for construction workers.

Over the next two years the partnership will invest more than £16 million in new tools, processes and data systems – bringing together infrastructure and industry leaders with business and academic institutions to build on, and establish, best practice in the way we design, build and integrate innovations within transport assets.

In his keynote address, Minister Stephenson highlighted the need for a laser-like focus on ensuring infrastructure investment is used to its full potential.

Minister of State Andrew Stephenson said:

“As we begin our green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, the need to level-up our country and boost economic prosperity has only increased – and we are determined that we don’t just rebuild, we rebuild smarter.

The Living Lab is a great opportunity for industry and academics to work together to embrace new, more productive, more efficient and more sustainable ways of delivering transport infrastructure.”

Some transport projects are already applying these efficiency-boosting techniques including work underway to explore how digital technologies could support improvements to the A19 near Newcastle and on the A12 in Chelmsford.

Meanwhile, suppliers working on redevelopment projects, like at Gatwick Train Station, are trying out new techniques should help cut carbon emissions and set new delivery standards.

By identifying and tackling systemic issues that obstruct the innovations in construction, this first-of-its-kind programme, will be a catalyst for cultural change.

It comprises of 31 strategic partners (including 25 consortium members), which include Government, i3P, the Construction Innovation Hub, Centre for Digital Built Britain, the Construction Leadership Council and the Environment Agency. NSAR is the Lead Partner and responsible for Programme Management.  It will be looking closely at the data collated and produced by the Lab to understand what this means for people and skills.

To find out more on TIES Living Lab click here

Strategic Workforce Planning

Strategic workforce planning (SWP) remains a critical activity for any organisation looking for sustainability. Addressing the question on what resources do I need, when do I need them and how best to attain these can often be a daunting exercise.

NSAR realised the urgent need for organisations to employ SWP and have developed a tool which can greatly assist in the process. The Skills Intelligence Model (SIM) is a statistical tool which uses data on today’s workforce and future investment plan levels to forecast the future required workforce. DfT assured and UKRIA-nominated, the online platform can report at an industry and company level in a user-friendly way. The SIM allows users to conduct scenario mapping, business modelling, cost savings and efficiency projections and integral to SWP.

To see how NSAR can help you with SWP or to utilise the SIM click here.

#TransportHeroes Toolkit

#TransportHeroes Toolkit

#TransportHeroes is an opportunity for the industry and the public to come together to highlight the great work happening across the transport industry and to say thank you to the #TransportHeroes keeping the UK moving during the coronavirus outbreak. DfT will work in partnership with the industry as well as other stakeholders from across the country to coordinate regular social media activity to raise awareness of #TransportHeroes

Get Involved…

@transportgovuk will be sharing content every Monday (starting from 6 April) on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram to shine a spotlight on transport workers, highlighting the great work they have been doing and to share our thanks. Wewould appreciate any support by amplifying the content on your own channels and to get involved by using the hashtag #TransportHeroes and branded assets. You can tag us in your posts by using our handle @transportgovuk on Twitter and Instagram.To help you get started and spark some ideas, we’ve highlighted a few content examples below:

Content ideas…

  • Pictures–share a collection of images that have been sent to you by staff
  • Quote cards–share supportive quotes from your employees
  • Vox pops–get people to share short video clips to bring to life the work they are doing
  • Twitter polls–use polls to create engaging ways to bring facts and stats to life What #TransportHeroes looks like…

We’ve developed a #TransportHeroes badge and supporting social media templates–all we ask is that your content features this branding and the hashtag#TransportHeroes in any copy. We will amplify a mixture of content across our channels, so please get in touch beforehand if you are keen for us to support an interesting story.

If you need any more information or help. Please contact the digital team at DfT and we will support in any way we can.

Details below:



#TransportHeroes Badge and Assets

#TransportHeroes Badge:

  • Please add this badge to photos or at the end of videos to show your support


#TransportHeroes Instagram Story Thank You Template:

  • Insert your own picture or message on top of the template and share on Instagram




#TransportHeroes image/video Banner:

Please place the banner at the top or bottom of your image.

PNG Banner Only:

PowerPoint template: