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Network - Housing Digital Built Britain

The Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research (CCHPR) is a research centre within the University of Cambridge’s Department of Land Economy. With over 25 years’ experience of research in policy evaluation and analysis, as well as expertise in housing, poverty and welfare reforms, CCHPR’s key strength is in understanding the complexity of current housing issues and being able to deliver policy-relevant research.

Housing sits at the heart of many wider social issues, and it will sit at the heart of the development of a Digital Built Britain (DBB). The Housing Digital Built Britain Network will focus its attention on residential housing: delivering DBB is not simply about technological solutions to make supply and maintenance more efficient, although this is important, it is also about understanding how those solutions and efficiency gains interact with wider social policy issues to address UK housing inequalities.   

The network will build on CCHPR’s recent research for CDBB, which looked at the need for innovation in construction and experimentation with new forms of housing delivery, such as modular housing. Our report reflected the ‘state of the nation’ and summarised the opportunities and barriers to the uptake of digital tools, standards and processes (Building Information Modelling) in innovations found in the UK house building sector. 

The Housing Digital Built Britain Network will bring together academics, practitioners, policy makers and government to facilitate dialogue and determine the key areas of inquiry in relation to residential housing and DBB. Working with these partners, CCHPR will determine the priority issues for investigation, mapping them onto the CDBB framework and developing position papers which will form the key areas of focus for our research. It is our aim to scope out a research programme to meet the needs of UK plc in delivering affordable, sustainable and inclusive housing in a Digital Built Britain. 

For more information, and to keep up to date with the Housing Digital Built Britain Network, please visit CCHPR’s website www.cchpr.landecon.cam.ac.uk and follow us on Twitter. 

Welcome to the Centre for Digital Built Britain.  

The Centre for Digital Built Britain is a partnership between the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the University of Cambridge to deliver a smart digital economy for infrastructure and construction for the future and transform the UK construction industry’s approach to the way we plan, build, maintain and use our social and economic infrastructure.