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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


Professor Andy Neely was the Founding Director of the Centre for Digital Built Britain, and currently retains the role of Principle Investigator to the Centre. He is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Enterprise and Business Relations at the University of Cambridge and former Head of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM). He is a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College and Founding Director of the Cambridge Service Alliance. He is widely recognised for his work on the servitization of manufacturing, as well as his work on performance measurement and management. Previously he has held appointments at Cranfield University, London Business School, Cambridge University, where he was a Fellow of Churchill College, Nottingham University, where he completed his PhD and British Aerospace. He was Deputy Director of AIM Research – the UK’s management research initiative – from 2003 until 2012 and was elected a Fellow of the Sunningdale Institute in 2005, a Fellow of the British Academy of Management in 2007, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2008 and a Fellow of the European Operations Management Association in 2009.


Key publications: 

Zomer, T., Neely, A., & Parlikad, A. Institutional pressures and decoupling in construction projects: an analysis of Building Information Modelling implementationProceedings of the 36th Annual ARCOM Conference, 325-334. 

Zomer T., Neely A., Sacks R., Parlikad A. (2021) A Practice-Based Conceptual Model on Building Information Modelling (BIM) Benefits Realisation. In: Toledo Santos E., Scheer S. (eds) Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering. ICCCBE 2020. Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering, vol 98. Springer, Cham.

Sousa-Zomer, T.T.Neely, A. and Martinez, V. (2020), "Digital transforming capability and performance: a microfoundational perspective", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.

Zomer, T., Neely, A., Sacks, R., Parlikad, A.K, (2020) "Exploring the influence of socio-historical constructs on BIM implementation: An activity theory perspective", Construction Management and Economics,

Zomer T, Neely A, Parlikad A and Martinez-Hernandez V, "Becoming Digital: Enacting Digital Transformation in Construction Projects"  CDBB_WP_40 

Neely, A. Can AR and VR allow us to build beautiful?. Building Beautiful – A collection of essays on the design, style and economics of the built enviornment, (20)

Martinez Hernandez, V.Neely, A.Ouyang, A.Burstall, C., & Bisessar, D. Service Business Model Innovation: the digital twin technology. EurOMA.

Pro-Vice Chancellor for Enterprise and Business Relations
Principle Investigator for the Centre for Digital Built Britain
Director of the Cambridge Service Alliance
Professor Andy   Neely