The team will be hosting a design sprint to consider and creatively respond to one of the largest issues in the water industry this summer.  20% of potable water produced in the U.K. Is lost through leakage before it reaches your tap! 

 +ADD will be drawing expertise from across the country to identify the fastest way of achieving a reduction with over 60 guests attending from diverse backgrounds.

 'this is a real honour, huge effort goes into this arena from teams and experts across the industry.  We will focus on short term gains and business cases for investment'

Paul Sutherland FCIM, Senior Associate  


The event ran for 4 days from the 10-14 July at Newcastle Racecourse.  The event will also see talks and problem solving from IBM, Reece Group and others exploring major water industry challenges.  


The event itself was held at Newcastle Racecourse in July and saw a wide range of Utilities, supply chain companies and communities collaborating to solve major issues and explore opportunities together such as Leakage, Flooding and others. 

Our work included supporting a hackathon, developing and delivering a major sprint, launching and delivering two national STEM competitions for young people.  Over the week we engaged over 240 participants in our initiatives including 62 companies, 7 schools and recruitment of 2 sponsors a range of high profile industry and public sector leaders.

We also facilitated a forum on barriers to innovation for a national body.

Our work saw creation of diverse human focussed solutions to reduce network leakage ranging from integrated sensors and deployment systems, map informatics for prioritising works, new 'lab in a box' field analytics tools and even consumer facing awareness and engagement programmes.

Following the success of the event we are now we are working with the NWG team to progress concepts and prototypes established in the initiative.  We are also continuing to work on a host of other innovation programmes.