Pensions funding infrastructure projects is not a new concept to the UK; HS1 is a prime example of this. 

However much has been made of the model used for the Thames Tideway project. With many saying it is a blueprint to how future large scale developments can be funded going forward.

Institutional investors from all over the world have been looking into the potentially low risk infrastructure projects offering a long term return. This type of funding is starting to have an impact on the more traditional project investment companies, who typically tend to look for larger returns on investment to please stakeholders.