An overview of the government’s challenge to industry and research to transform construction to make buildings more affordable, efficient, safer and healthier.
What is the transforming construction challenge?
The way we create buildings has not changed in 40 years, and as a result has not seen the same increases in productivity as other industries. This creates a challenge in meeting the UK’s national infrastructure programme for £650 billion worth of projects by 2025.
This challenge aims to transform the construction sector – enabling it to produce safe, healthy, efficient building using the latest digital manufacturing techniques.
It should support the industry to adopt these technologies and help buildings to be constructed 50% faster, 33% cheaper and with half the lifetime carbon emissions.
Government is looking to industry and researchers to innovate in construction, increase productivity across the UK and open up significant global markets for efficient buildings.
What’s the investment?
We will invest up to £170 million, matched by £250 million from industry, to create new construction processes and techniques, such as the development of standardised modular components from which buildings can be manufactured.
What are the opportunities?
Opportunities will be available to UK-based researchers and businesses.
The programme will include:
- establishing a core innovation hub to address the performance and manufacturing objectives of the programme
- creating an active building centre, which will seek to reduce the cost and commercialise energy generation and storage components in buildings across the UK, effectively turning them into power stations
- delivering research and development competitions that encourage cross-sector collaboration. This will support the development, scale up and rapid adoption of digitally-driven manufacturing and to integrate energy generation and storage components in buildings
- creating a network and new community to link investments made under the challenge with the broader research base, relevant businesses and other stakeholders. It will include events and small-scale funding calls