this is
our smart city
of Sunderland

Sunderland is a city where we are evolving to widen our reach and visualise our future in high definition. Welcoming innovators, trailblazers, movers and shakers; we continue to revolutionise to compete globally, whilst remaining grounded and mindful of our rich heritage and culture.

We believe in more – more investment, greater opportunities, wider partnerships, boundless learning, further inclusivity and widespread support.

The definition of a ‘smart city’ is one which is a well-connected, digitally enabled place with world-class infrastructure supporting inclusive services for the prosperity of the city and those who live there.

Our world-leading smart city will bridge the gap between innovation programmes and front-line service priorities to ensure a sustainable balance of support and growth.

By connecting people and places we will enable smarter systems and increased opportunities to transform the ways in which we exist for a connected, healthy and vibrant experience for all.

Our smart City Plan provides the insight and blueprint to effect change over the next ten years and beyond. It is built around three interdependent themes: our dynamic smart city, our healthy smart city and our vibrant smart city. Aligned to these three core elements, we will support access to education, employment and economic prosperity for Sunderland and our people.

Motivated by responsible innovation, we will unlock our talent and potential, creating benefits and opportunities for the city and the wider region.

Internationally connected and growing – our plan is to promote our competitive advantages to shift thinking and instil positive perceptions of our smart city.

Leading the UK’s digital revolution

Sunderland’s recent appointment as a member of the Digital Leaders Cities Programme further cements our city’s drive to build digital confidence and connectivity.

The Digital Leaders Cities Programme is a UK-wide initiative that was designed to bring together leaders from an array of sectors to promote effective, long-term digital transformation.

It is a community in which over 100,000 senior leaders are involved in leveraging technology to promote economic growth, increase social well-being and narrow social gaps.

The programme provides a platform for cities around the UK to engage with one another with the end goal of driving digital transformation. This provides us with a network to share best practice and showcase the innovative work going on in our smart city.

Meet the team

The Smart City Vision for Sunderland is being delivered by a dedicated Programme Office.

Liz St Louis, Assistant Director of Smart Cities at Sunderland City Council, leads the team with project expertise from Dawn Harrison.

Technical expertise is being delivered by field specialists Perform Green.

Perform Green deliver digitally inspired change for good and are specialists in solving real world challenges through the deployment of digital. Their work includes supporting the roll out of connectivity to help improve the economy and lives of residents and communities, and to underpin innovation in service delivery.

Perform Green work all over the UK and internationally with local and national government, health providers, businesses and not-for-profit organisations to help them innovate, improve productivity and improve the quality of service to their clients, their customers and the communities they serve. Some of their projects have led to global recognition for clients as leading Smart Cities.

Perform Green are a Certified B Corporation meaning they are a company that commits and is obliged legally to have a positive impact on people and communities, the environment or both.

The Perform Green project team are excited to be working to support the roll out of high-speed communications infrastructure, which underpins the Sunderland Smart City Vision.

Please get in touch with the Sunderland Smart City Programme Office to hear more using the contact us link below.

Working in partnership to deliver cutting-edge 5G connectivity

Bevan Brittan is a UK-Top 100 national law firm providing a comprehensive range of legal and advisory services to over 800 businesses and is a market-leading firm within local and central government, housing, health and social care.

Our knowledge of working with local government and the business community, including technology providers is a key enabler for the procurement of a strategic consortium for which to deliver cutting-edge 5G connectivity across the Sunderland city region. And we are delighted to be part of the team working with Sunderland City Council to provide this service. The technology that will be applied through the Smart City will assist in bringing local government and the community closer together, create efficiencies in delivering public services, funding sustainable economic development, and enhance the quality of life for those that live in the area.

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Our Partners

We work with a number of partners to help deliver Our Smart City.

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