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Centre for Digital Built Britain


Our research programme aims to unlock the potential of timber for use in off-site manufactured large-scale school buildings. 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.

With the overall goal of transforming timber construction through digital design and manufacturing, this project will :

  • develop timber building procurement models that leverage the vertical nature of the timber industry and CDBB’s expertise in novel contract development.
  • define digital workflows that are available to a wide range of architects, engineers and contractors which are compatible with engineered timber, robotic cutting, and offsite manufacture but onsite assembly.
  • design school building components that fit into those workflows and are engaging to architects (otherwise they won’t get used).
  • show the policy and pragmatic advantages of modular, large-scale timber. This will take the form of evidence-based papers and research-based designs.

Project Investigator: Michael Ramage