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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

The Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) is celebrating completing its five-year mission in 2022 by reflecting on its role in setting the foundations and direction of travel or the next chapter in the digital transformation of the built environment. From 31 March, CDBB moves to its final phase – passing the baton on to new organisations, while completing its work within the Construction Innovation Hub. To mark this transition, it launched a week-long campaign to both celebrate the foundational progress that has been made towards a digital built Britain and provide programmes that follow with a blueprint for the future.

The ‘Our Artefacts: Our Stories’ book was launched earlier in March at the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Prince Philip House. The evening brought together partners throughout the built environment industry to celebrate CDBB’s achievements. The newly published book showcases a small sample of the high volume of the outputs, knowledge, and training, bought to light by colleagues and partners sharing their stories and how they contributed towards the success of CDBB. Download a digital copy here.

The Gemini Papers is CDBB’s blueprint for the future, showcasing the vital role that connected digital twins play in improving social, economic, and environmental outcomes, to create a better quality of life for all. Driven by the Gemini Principles of purpose, trust and function, the papers are a series of three documents addressing the ‘What’ ‘Why’ and ‘How’ of connected digital twins.
Watch the Gemini Papers launch webinar ‘Gemini Papers: a blueprint for the future.

Celebrating Mission Complete  – in conversation with Mark Enzer (Director) & Alexandra Bolton (Executive Director) of CDBB. Watch a special interview with Mark and Alexandra as they reflect and share what CDBB means to them. The interview sees them sharing the extraordinary role the Centre has played over the five-year programme – showcasing their incredible journey from just two people in an office, to connecting with thousands of industry professionals and academics from across the globe.

Mark Enzer, Director at Centre for Digital Built Britain said:

CDBB’s overarching role was to bring people together, to convene, connect and coordinate digital transformation across the whole of the built environment – this has been successfully delivered with energy and commitment. 

Digital tools and processes are critical to ensuring better outcomes from our built environment for people and nature today and in the future.

Through our programmes - the National Digital Twin programme, part of the Construction Innovation Hub, and one of the partners in the Global Infrastructure programme - and through the visionary projects highlighted in this campaign, the legacy and impact of CDBB is secure and the future for the sector looks bright.


Alexandra Bolton, Executive Director at Centre for Digital Built Britain said:

CDBB’s successes are the result of the work and successes of many. I am humbled and honoured to have played a part in a programme of such depth, breadth, and global significance.

A huge thank you to everybody who has been involved in the programme, your passion, your expertise, your enthusiasm have made CDBB what it is today. A great place to work producing ground-breaking outputs of global significance.

It is up to us all to make the future – to be better ancestors for those that follow us. It’s time for CDBB to finish its mission and pass the baton over to you.