AIA (Ashford’s Integrated Alternatives)(2009 - 2011)

Funding body: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) "Sustainable Urban Environment (SUE)" Programme.

The AIA project is led by CWS and aims to explore the feasibility of more integrated urban utility service provision as a potential way to improve the sustainability of urban development. This will be achieved by researching issues of scale, integration and delivery to reduce the use of resources, limit emissions, manage innovation and improve the quality of life in the case study of Ashford, Kent, UK.

Early water work includes a detailed analysis of the working of the Ashford Integrated Water Management strategy. The main research areas covered by AIA project concentrate on the following aspects

  • Sustainable development
  • Utility integration: water & energy/carbon
  • Scale issues
  • Decision making and stakeholders
  • Delivery processes
  • Identification of benefits & best practice
  • Case study (Ashford) and stakeholder focus

Download AIA Project Presentations

For more details on any of these three projects, including how you might wish to be involved, contact:

Prof David Butler ( and Dr Raziyeh Farmani (

Universities involved in Ashford’s Integrated Alternatives

  • University of Exeter Centre for Water Systems
  • Cranfield University
  • Imperial College London - Business School
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Bradford

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