2.2 Infrastructure and utilities

What connects a building?

Modern buildings are connected to the world around them. Building designers include all these things when they plan a new development. They also need to think about how much it will cost to ‘get connected’. Every development depends on utilities. These are carried by networks that form an infrastructure.

Utilities are...

Infrastructure is...

...the things that people need, like:

...the networks that bring these things in and out of a site:






In the table above, list the networks that connect the utilities to your school or college.

You are in a design team. You must choose a site for a new development. What infrastructure would you want close by for:

John Lewis store
  • an industrial park
  • a power station
  • a shopping centre?




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