Engineering company calls for more connected communities

Nigel Watson

Engineering company calls for more connected communities

Reece Innovation to play key role in major North East business event

A leading North East business has called for safer and more connected communities, in the run-up to an event in the region to tackle major social and environmental challenges.

The Northumbrian Water Group Innovation Festival takes place at Newcastle Racecourse from July 10 to July 14, and Tyneside-based engineering experts Reece Innovation will be leading a group looking at new ideas on delivering affordable and effective infrastructure.

Director Chris Pywell, whose company develops products, solutions and services for a range of industrial sectors, said: “We want communities to be healthier, safer, more connected, more energy efficient and more attractive places to live, work and study. To achieve these objectives, new and improved infrastructure that is smarter, more sustainable, more efficient and more effective, is needed.

“While it is vital that individual people, businesses and organisations play their part, upgrades to infrastructure such as water, energy, communications and transport networks is key. Investment in ‘softer’ networks, such as health, safety, education, wellbeing and the natural environment are also very important. Further, our future will need many of these networks to be integrated, often by new digital technologies.

“The wholesale replacement of existing infrastructure is simply not feasible, as it would be unaffordable, extremely disruptive and a waste of existing resources.”

Ordnance Survey will lead one of the other challenge ‘sprints’, looking at ways of improving the environment.

The company will help start-ups, individuals, smaller businesses, corporations, public and third sector organisations develop ideas to be presented at the end of the week.

Nigel Watson, Northumbrian Water Group Information Services Director, said: “Creating a better environment is a huge part of what drives our work, so this is a very important sprint, which we hope will bring about some real benefits for communities in the future.”