Think Deep UK has said that strategic subsurface planning is needed to enable fair use of underground space and safeguard underground development of national importance, such as new transport infrastructure.
“We want to create a common vision for urban underground space to transform our cities for the benefit of society,” said Think Deep UK member Petr Salak, who is also a project manager with Dr Sauer & Partners.
“To do this we need a master plan for underground space – this needs to be developed by experts across multiple disciplines, reforming policy to ensure a proactive, not reactive approach.”
Think Deep UK is a group of built environment experts - a combination of urban planners, architects, lawyers, geotechnical engineers, tunnellers and geologists - committed to creating resilient, sustainable and liveable cities through smart use of underground space. The group is aiming to lead the discussion on how underground space might provide for a more sustainable urban future in UK cities.
Since its launch the group has undertaken a number of workshops in order to develop white papers looking at social value, future infrastructure and urban planning in 3D. Over the next 12 months Think Deep UK is organising workshops on design principles and policy and legislation to produce two further white papers, as well as joint activities with key organisations to result in a joint publication on the main issues.
According to Think Deep UK, its first year has seen successful cross industry dialogue, raised awareness and brought innovative solutions to the fore. It said that the next 12 months will build on this momentum and it will be seeking new projects and partners to collaborate with.