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Centre for Digital Built Britain completed its five-year mission and closed its doors at the end of September 2022

This website remains as a legacy of the achievements of our five-year foundational journey towards a digital built Britain

Research background

Dr Darshil Shah is a senior researcher within the Centre for Natural Material Innovation, working to combine sustainability with performance and functionality in natural materials. He collaborates with scientists across disciplines on developing biomaterials, such as engineered wood, bamboo and natural fibre composites, as light-weight, sustainable and structural alternatives to conventional materials for diverse application sectors, including wind energy, construction, transport, health care, and consumer products.

CDBB projects involved with

Precision Engineered Timber - digital design and delivery of healthier schools

Research ambitions for CDBB

By integrating design, technology, engineering and fabrication through research we will: 

  • develop a range of school designs and the digital means of fabricating them, 
  • develop the basis for manufacturing that can take design input using our research from multiple architects, engineers, and contractors, and 
  • influence policymakers and procurement to ensure the adoption of timber more broadly. 


Key publications: 

Koronaki A., Jalia A., Shah D. U., Ramage, M. Emerging Trends in the Applications of Engineered Timber in UK School Buildings. World Conference on Timber Engineering 2020 (Accepted)

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