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Centre for Digital Built Britain




The LA group was created as ‘task and finish’ special interest group (SIG) in 2019. It comprised a number of local authorities, Home Nation Reps, the UK BIM Alliance and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). The initial group’s remit was to produce a white paper on the barriers to BIM adoption within the built environment, suggesting mitigations, tools and guidance.

BIM in Local Authorities is a white paper commissioned by CDBB to discuss the issues surrounding the implementation and adoption of digital ways of working / BIM in local authority organisations. CDBB has now commissioned the delivery of the paper’s recommendations and a delivery group has been set up, chaired by Terry Stocks. The current membership includes:

  • Sevenoaks District Council
  • Wokingham Borough Council
  • Oxfordshire County Council
  • Hampshire County Council
  • West Sussex County Council
  • Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Islington Council
  • Public Health England
  • UK BIM Alliance
  • Northern Ireland Gov – Finance and Procurement
  • Scottish Futures Trust.


Vision and mission of the LA Working Group

The LA Group strives to tackle the myths perceived and the obstacles experienced by local authorities in their journey to BIM adoption. Local authorities spend around £25bn on capital projects every year. They engage with many supply chain members and are therefore very influential in supporting the transition of the UK’s built environment to innovative digital ways of working.

The LA Group aims to educate local authorities through engagement media, templates, easy tools and a road map adoption plan to raise awareness of what BIM is, how it can be applied to business functions, how it can be introduced through low-cost proof of concepts (POCs) and what great benefits it can provide. 


Outputs of the LA Group

All outputs of the LA Group will be produced on behalf of the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Digital Built Britain. They will be shared on the CDBB website and promoted to all the individuals and organisations that contributed to their compilation. Outputs discussed so far include:

  • Production of a brief BIM information video.
  • An easy-reference guide to ‘What BIM is and What BIM is not’.
  • The production of an at-glance road map with detailed reference sections supporting ‘journey points’ (start of the journey, BIM in organisational planning, BIM in capital project delivery, etc.. The road map will also include a discovery phase checklist.
  • Case studies to support return on investment (ROI) of BIM adoption.
  • Guides and templates for tenders.

Read: Blog: Sparking digital transformation in local authorities - by Terry Stocks