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Centre for Digital Built Britain


The Cambridge Centre for Digital Built Britain will support the digitally enabled transformation of the full lifecycle of the built environment to increase productivity and improve economic and social outcomes in the UK and, where appropriate, internationally.

The Centre will achieve this by developing and demonstrating policy and practical insights, leading to standards and guidance, that will enable the exploitation of new and emerging technologies, data and analytics to enhance the natural and built environment. This will increase productivity, helping create ‘high performing assets’ in terms of their construction, their operational efficiency and improvement in the services they were created to deliver, creating commercial opportunities and enhancing citizen quality of life and well-being. The Centre, with its Government, Industry and academic partnership approach is conceived as a national focal point for this work and the custodians of the integrity of the UK BIM and Digital Built Britain Programme.


The Centre has seven core objectives:

  1. To act as the custodian of the integrity of the UK BIM and Digital Built Britain Programmes across all the levels and to be recognised both nationally and internationally as that institution.
  2. To liaise with national and international standard bodies to create and modify technical standards and protocols which remain relevant to UK needs and which support industry adoption and implementation of all levels of Digital Built Britain.
  3. To develop an academic bridgehead to ensure that the Digital Built Britain programme is cognisant of new and emerging research and technological developments that will impact the built environment in the years and decades to come.
  4. To track capabilities in the UK and elsewhere to ensure successful commercial exploitation of these new technological developments, identifying where capability investment may be required.
  5. To develop and inspire an industrial community who, combined with academics and policy leaders, will provide leadership on adopting and implementing new digital approaches.
  6. To co-ordinate and deliver a range of events and activities designed to engage industry in defining and adopting BIM, rethinking their business models and the ways in which they use technologies, data and analytics to deliver social outcomes through the built environment.
  7. To ensure that findings and insights from the Centre and its engagement activities inform future policy, industrial practice, standards and research initiatives.