Among the oldest of the world’s great cities, London’s history spans nearly two millennia and features a rich heritage as England’s economic, transport and cultural center.
Population growth and urbanization are projected to add 2.5 billion people to the world’s urban population by 2050, and London won’t be immune; it’s already on course to becoming a ‘mega city’ with a population exceeding 10 million. With populations in Britain’s largest metropolis predicted to continue growing, the future of London is calling.
London is one of a growing movement of cities we’re working with globally that are progressively introducing strategies to transform their streets, improve mobility and create opportunities for a better quality of life for all.
London’s ambitious forward-looking goals include: To have the best air quality of any major city worldwide; to be the world’s first ‘National Park City’; to be a zero-waste city by 2026; and a zero-carbon city by 2050. To enable sustainable growth and access to new homes and new jobs, several major infrastructure schemes are underway to improve access to London, revitalise the River Thames and enrich its green spaces. At the heart of the present investment is the drive for healthy streets and healthy people, improving the public transport system and providing more homes and jobs in the capital.
A master sustainability plan is underway to make London the world’s most connected and sustainable city, and this vision requires innovators and problem solvers who think beyond one-dimensional solutions to find better ways to help this iconic city connect more people and places with the means to live better in a healthier, thriving and fairer city community.
Jacobs is tackling some of the city’s biggest challenges to make the future work better – cleaner air and water, stronger civil and national security and transport that runs like clockwork.
visitors flocked to London in 2018 to experience the city’s sights – from Big Ben and the London Eye to its more than 170 museums
people use the London Underground every year
population forecasted by 2050
languages spoken within the city today
At Jacobs, we believe in always striving to do the right thing for our clients, working together to tackle the toughest challenges, and continually pushing for a better way, through integrated infrastructure.
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Whether its improving mobility and connectivity to bring people, their skills and businesses closer together, or safeguarding the environment, we’re helping to devise, design and deliver solutions for the London of the future. To make the city work better and smarter, so its cleaner, safer and happier to live and work in.
Preparing for a resilient future
It’s time to think differently about the future — about how we prepare for and respond to natural, societal and economic risks. We think beyond one-dimensional solutions to help improve social, environmental and economic resiliency.
London is facing the greatest projected increases in drought and flooding by 2050 in the U.K. This means London’s water, sewerage and flood protection infrastructure needs to be resilient to the growing challenges of extreme weather and climate change.
Additionally, air quality is one of the most important health, economic and environmental challenges facing cities like London.
Creating a legacy
The U.K. has been a home market to Jacobs for more years than anywhere else we operate. For us, our social impact is not an add on, it is built into everything we do. We always think about our legacy, ensuring we leave behind more than we create in the communities we work in, and London’s no exception.
Evening Standard: Most polluting vehicles in central London cut by more than a third
Engineering News-Record: Thames Tunnel Seeks to Turn the Tide on Pollution
Water Innovations Magazine: Cloud-Enabled Resilience: London's Answer To Flood Risk
Infrastructure Intelligence: Delivering a smart post-Brexit Britain depends on the power of data