Could UK manufacturing expertise supercharge the construction industry?

Posted on 17 Jul 2018 by The Manufacturer

A series of events have been organised to transform the construction of buildings, with an open invitation to representatives from UK manufacturing.

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The objective is to provide safer, healthier and more affordable buildings that use dramatically less energy – image courtesy of Autodesk.

As part of its Industrial Strategy, the government has committed to investing up to £170m in the ‘Transforming Construction: Manufacturing Better Buildings Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF)’.

The Challenge aims to increase the efficiency of construction techniques through digital technologies like Business Information Modelling (BIM); reduce running costs for building users through energy generation and storage technologies; and conduct research and development and demonstration programmes supporting innovations.

The objective is to provide safer, healthier and more affordable buildings that use dramatically less energy looking at design, manufacture, building management and power.

Bringing together the construction, manufacturing, energy and digital sectors, the challenge aims to revolutions how we deliver the buildings the UK needs.

It will concentrate on three core areas:

  • How we manufacture buildings
  • How we design and manage buildings
  • How we power buildings

The Knowledge Transfer Network’s (KTN) manufacturing team have organised a series of competition briefing events this month, including:

  • Glasgow (19 July in partnership with Construction Scotland)
  • London (23 July which includes a webcast for those who can’t attend – register for that here)
  • Bristol (24 July)
  • Birmingham (25 July)

Each briefing will include:

  • an opportunity to hear about the objectives and scope of the Collaborative Research and Development (CR&D) programme
  • an opportunity to learn how to get involved in the CR&D programme
  • opportunities to network and develop ideas and partnerships for the competition
  • an opportunity to meet with UK Research and Innovation, KTN, CS-IC and wider stakeholders

As numbers are limited, KTN asks that organisations (including universities) only send a maximum of two representatives.

The details and scope of the project can be investigated here and the call opens on 23 July 2018.