The future of infrastructure


The infrastructure building blocks of transport, telecommunications and utilities provide the foundation for most of our economic and social wellbeing.

The current investment in Australian infrastructure is barely keeping pace with demand. To meet future demand we will need to invest more but also, crucially, build and operate major assets more efficiently.

Transport accounts for an incredible 50% of all the infrastructure engineering construction work done in Australia. Over the past 30 years we have added over 100,000 km of roads to our network and more than doubled the annual spend on rail. We are travelling more and unfortunately spending relatively more time doing so.

What will the infrastructure that is funded, designed and built in 20 years' time look like? We interview industry heavyweights to provide their views in our Future of Infrastructure video series.

Interview with Seamus McCartney, Head of Design and Experience, Lendlease

Prosperity through liveability

Part 1: Lendlease has been at the forefront of major master planned precincts in just about every major global market. We ask Seamus McCartney how we can improve the liveability, productivity and sustainability of cities and towns across Australia.

Balancing innovation and privacy

Part 2: Seamus McCartney discusses striking the right balance between innovation and privacy in future cities, and whether the adoption of certain technologies during COVID has helped paved the way for smarter cities.

The future of work

Part 3: The conversation on the future of work has started to shift away from automation, to have a more human element. Seamus shares the evolution of the workplace and the type of creative space and places we can expect to see.


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