Sunderland City Council’s Partnership To Create UK’s Most Advanced Smart City

Bevan Brittan advised Sunderland City Council on the deal.

Sunderland City Council signed a 20-year strategic partnership to design, build and operate next generation digital infrastructure, putting it on track to be one of the UK’s most advanced smart cities.

The project, the first of its kind in the country, saw a seven-strong team from the Top 100 law firm advise on procurement, contracts and negotiations for the local authority in its cutting-edge partnership with BAI Communications.

The first phase of the partnership will see a backbone of 5G connectivity, based on a neutral host model, established within the city by Summer 2022.

The partnership says the new high speed 5G coverage will provide a platform for business growth and innovation, bringing substantial social and economic benefits to its residents, businesses and visitors, including the creation of over 100 jobs.

The project will also enable autonomous vehicles at the city’s Nissan site, which employs more than 6,000 people. The Bevan Brittan team also advised on this element of the project, which has seen a small 5G ring installed at the site on the outskirts of Sunderland. 

The council is looking to use the new 5G technology in areas like traffic management, sensors to monitor pollution and sensors for people living in assisted living homes as it moves towards being an integrated smart city.

Richard Lane (Picture), partner and technology law expert at Bevan Brittan, advised on the matter.

Involved fees earner: Richard Lane – Bevan Brittan;

Law Firms: Bevan Brittan;

Clients: Sunderland City Council;

Author: Giulia Di Palma