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Centre for Digital Built Britain

Professor Andy Neely welcomes the announcement of Core Innovation Hub funding

Following today’s announcement that CDBB as part of the Transforming Construction Alliance has been awarded leadership of the new £72m Core Innovation Hub, Professor Andy Neely, Director of the Centre, welcomes the good news.

I am delighted to confirm that following a nationwide competition the Centre, as part of the Transforming Construction Alliance has been selected to deliver a new national hub to encourage innovation and technological advances in the construction and infrastructure sectors.

The Transforming Construction Alliance is a partnership between the Building Research Establishment (BRE), the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) and the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC). It has been awarded £72m in funding from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund's Transforming Construction programme to deliver the Core Innovation Hub.

This is positive news and we look forward to working closely with the excellent teams at BRE, the leading building science centre, and MTC, specialists in innovative manufacturing processes and technologies, supporting collaboration across the digital, manufacturing and construction sectors to develop and commercialise digital and manufacturing technologies specifically for the construction sector.

The Centre for Digital Built Britain works with industry organisations, policy makers and academia to deliver a smart digital economy for infrastructure and construction and digitalise the entire lifecycle of our built assets to deliver improved capacity and better public services. Our programme is both open and multi-disciplinary and the aim of the new hub – to transform the way buildings are designed, manufactured, integrated and connected within the built environment to create smart buildings and infrastructure with high levels of safety and energy efficiency – fits well with the Centre’s ethos.

With Government and industry poised for change, the funding of the alliance is timely. It brings together three established centres of research excellence to deliver the evidence base and value case for digital transformation that will shape our future built environment and support export opportunities for the UK. 

The alliance aims to deliver a national Core Innovation Hub that will support collaboration across sectors to develop, commercialise and promote digital and manufacturing technologies for the construction sector, offering an opportunity for everyone with an interest in construction to become involved. I greatly look forward to the outputs of the alliance and the hub and sharing more good news in the near future.