About The Visit

The immersion visit was conducted in October for a delegation of 17 members. The group included representatives from 10 smart cities, Ministry of Urban Development and the Director of NIUA, along with a team of 5 researchers. The visit included two site visits and resulted in 19 hours of interaction with 21 experts from 13 different institutions.


DAY 1: 4-10-2016
Future Cities Catapult | 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Margaret Baddeley Explaining Evolution of King's Cross
  • Welcome and showcase of the interactive decision making tool at FCC by Scott Cain, FCC
  • Brief on Smart City Innovation Hub by Amy Hochadel, FCC
  • Group Activity on task prioritisation and budget allocation
  • Presentation on Ordnance Survey and Smart cities by John Kedar and Owain Hale- Heighway
  • Lunch
  • Interaction with Sashi Verma, Transport for London
  • Presentation by Lynn Miles, ARUP on London Infrastructure Plan 2050

    Site Visit to King's Cross | 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

  • Guided tour of King’s Cross with Margaret Baddeley and the team from Nathaniel Litchfield & Partners

DAY 2: 5-10-2016
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (UK) | 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

  • Introduction to RICS by Tony Mulhall, RICS
  • Presentation on smart cities concept by Nigel Mehdi, RICS
  • Brief on King’s cross development by Robert Evans, Argent LLP
  • Presentation on Smart Cities standards by Dan Palmer, British standards Institute
  • RICS India profile by Sunil Agarwal, RICS India
  • Overview of Canary Wharf’s Development Process by Vinay Kapoor, Westcourt Real Estate Ltd.
  • Lunch
  • Presentation on World Built Environment Forum by John Kraus
  • Site Visit to Canary Wharf | 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Guided tour of Canary Wharf Vinay Kapoor
  • Crystal, Siemens | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Guided Tour of The Crystal, A Sustainable Cities Initiative by Siemens
  • Presentation on Smart Initiatives of Siemens by Kevin Worster and Peter Daw

DAY 3: 6-10-2016
London School of Economics | 11:00 am – 13:30 pm

  • Presentation by Ricky Burdett on LSE Cities and London Olympics Master Plan
  • Interaction with Revati Prabhu, Pell Frischmann


Shri. Ashutosh Agnihotri
CEO of SPV, Guwahati Smart City
Shri. Ved Prakash
Municipal Commissioner, Jabalpur
Dr. Sreedhar Cherukury
Municipal Commissioner, Amaravati
Shri. Manish Singh
Municipal Commissioner, Indore
Shri. Rajat Bansal
Municipal Commissioner, Raipur
Shri. Baldeo Purushartha
Municipal Commissioner, Chandigarh
Shri. Shiv Pal Singh
Director, AMRUT mission
Dr. Krishan Kumar
Municipal Commissioner, Bhubaneswar
Smt. Sonal Goel
Municipal Commissioner, Faridabad
Shri. Prashant Kumar, Municipal Commissioner, Ranchi
Shri. B. H Narayanappa, Municipal Commissioner, Davanagere


  • Prof. Jagan Shah, Director
  • Siddharth Pandit
  • Rewa Marathe
  • Suzana Jacob
  • Raman Kumar Singh
  • Neha Awasthi

Interactions with Experts

  • Scott Cain, Chief Business Officer, Future Cities Catapult
  • Amy M Hochadel, Global Cities Lead, Future Cities Catapult
  • Natalie Toms, Head (Designate) for Prosperity, Economic and Trade Policy, FCO
  • John Kedar, Director Strategic Relationships, Ordnance Survey International
  • Owain Hale- Heighway, Smart Practice, Ordnance Survey
  • Sashi Verma, Director of Customer Experience, Transport for London
  • Lynn Miles, Associate in City and Economics, ARUP
  • Margaret Baddeley, Director, Planning, Nathaniel Litchfield & Partners
  • Team from Nathaniel Litchfield & Partners- Francesco Mellino, Georgio Wetzl, Stephanie
  • Tony Mulhall, Associate Director Land Professional Group, RICS, London
  • Belinda Hill, RICS London
  • Mark Powell, Executive Director, RICS, London
  • Nigel Mehdi, RICS, London
  • Robert Evans, Partner, Argent LLP
  • Dan Palmer, British Standards Institute
  • Sunil Agarwal, Associate Dean and Director of School of Real Estate, RICS India
  • Digbijoy Bhowmik, Head of Policy Division, RICS South Asia
  • Vinay Kapoor, President and CEO, Westcourt Real Estate Ltd.
  • John Kraus, Director of External Affairs, World Built Environment Forum
  • Kevin Worster, Director of Major Projects, Siemens, Crystal
  • Peter Daw, Cities Projects Developer, Siemens, Crystal
  • Ricky Burdett, Director, LSE Cities, London School of Economics
  • Revati Prabhu, Architect and Urban Designer, Pell Frischmann

Key Learnings

Future Cities Catapult

  • Demonstrated the importance of linking academia to real world challenges using modelling for decision making to drive informed investment
  • Shared the experience of development of proposal for Innovation Hub in collaboration with Pune City Corporation as part of Smart City Proposal

Ordnance Survey

  • Explained the significance of inter-connection between the data stored in various departments
  • Demonstrated that the techniques used in data collection are popular with all, but using data to create revenue is unique in Ordnance Survey

Transport for London

  • An institutional framework with dedicated agencies such a Transport For London (TFL) is key to the success of a multi-modal transport system
  • Transportation Assessment, instead of FSI/FAR analysis is a more effective approach to determine feasibility of new development. The Planning regulations in London are based on transport capacity of the area rather than FSI restriction.
  • Buses are found to be the backbone of a public transport system even for large cities like London


  • Shared the political risk, attractiveness to private sector, economic cycle risk and track record of success of various infrastructure financing tools

King Cross Development

  • Demonstrated the transformation of disused urban area to vibrant mixed use urban centre well connected with transit
  • Exhibited the role heritage conservation, public spaces and mixed use play in creating spaces that give character to a place
  • Supported the claim that institutions that produce knowledge economies can anchor the revitalisation of a neighbourhood
  • Demonstrated that flexibility in master plan in ways to accommodate changes is important


  • Explained the importance of Governance aspect in addition to Economy, Environment and Equity in the realm of sustainability in the definition of Smart Cities

British Standards Institute

  • Discussed the various categories of standards- principle based standards, performance standards and interoperability standards
  • Shared the various British Standards for Smart Cities- Making cities smarter, Planning guidelines of Smart Cities, Smart city data concept model, etc.
  • GoUK mandates that all public projects in the country to use Building Information Management (BIM)

Canary Wharf Development

  • Demonstrated that public transportation investment can provide an inflection point to make projects economically successful
  • Attracting private investment through incentives, and mandates on completion periods can help build trust between private and public sector
  • Revealed that residential developments are required in addition to mixed use and commercial developments to promote activities throughout day and night


  • Showcased sustainable building technologies that help encourage a shift in the broader social ideology, making ‘sustainability’ more attractive
  • Demonstrated that console based role play and scenario building can help to generate interest and engage the public in any development process.
  • Shared Smart Initiatives by Siemens suitable for Indian Smart Cities

London School of Economics

  • Explained urban planning and development in London with Boroughs as a planning unit
  • Illustrated use of data analytics to select areas for planning using measures of deprivation
  • Shared the planning and implementation of London Olympics Master Plan and improvements in the surrounding with the scheme