Brevia Infrastructure provides straightforward political and communications support to facilitate major infrastructure and development projects. Our experience includes airports, housing developments, rail freight interchanges, road and rail schemes, and civil nuclear infrastructure. Brevia has also provided support to a number of chartered bodies covering engineering, building and project management. We have specialist expertise in supporting Development Consent Orders (DCOs).
Brevia works at the heart of multi-disciplinary teams to help navigate the planning process and the political environment faced by major infrastructure developments. Our support reduces reputational and political risk at all phases in the project cycle from planning through to build and operation.
Brevia’s deep understanding of the sector has enabled us to support clients on a wide range of projects. Our consultants have particular strength in working with clients to successfully secure Development Consent Orders (DCOs) for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP). The consultancy has also supported a range of chartered bodies in the sector including the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Association for Project Management (APM), and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).
The infrastructure industry is of key strategic importance to the UK economy. Over £600 billion of public and private investment is projected over the next 10 years and nearly 700 projects, programmes and other investments are in the Government’s National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline.
After several weeks of reported delays, disagreements and leaks, the Government has finally published its Energy Security Strategy. Crucially, the Strategy provides us with an insight into the main influences and influencers of this Government. With the next general election a mere two years away, the Prime Minister appears to be moving away from the climate focus seen at COP26. Instead focusing on internal party politics and maintaining support within the Conservative . Below, Brevia has unpacked some of the telling signs of what is currently influencing Government direction on energy policy.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has changed the world. The ways it has done so are yet to be fully understood. Many of our post Cold War assumptions have been upended: Germany has abandoned its longstanding policy of maintaining a limited armed forces to commit €100 billion to defence spending; Switzerland has departed from its historical neutrality to apply sanctions to Russia; Finland is now openly discussing NATO membership and things we had assumed would never happen continue to do so on a daily basis. Set against the human tragedy that is unfolding in Ukraine, these events can seem small or insignificant in comparison. Nonetheless, they are likely to have enduring consequences for everyone in Europe. Particularly when it comes to how Europe, including the UK, powers itself.
Last week, the Government published its long-awaited Levelling Up White Paper. The White Paper goes some way to answering the vexed question of ‘What is levelling up?’, by setting out twelve missions the Government hopes to accomplish by 2030. In addition, the Paper sets out a framework for extending devolution in England which could increase the transparency of the process. However, new funding commitments are thin on the ground, and critics suggest the Government has not provided enough money for Levelling Up to succeed.
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Brevia delivers tailored support to businesses operating in the infrastructure sector. Our three-step process offers a straightforward approach to delivering crucial intelligence, strategic advice and stakeholder engagement.