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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

We are pleased to announce that from 1 April 2022, the DT Hub will transition from its current home at the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) to an Industry/Catapult partnership housed at the Connected Places Catapult (CPC).

The DT Hub motto, ‘Learn by doing and progress by sharing’ and its work ethic also complements the CPC mission, to ‘Connect people, places and businesses to a future of sustainable growth and prosperity’.

CDBB will have completed its mission on the National Digital Twin programme, creating the world-leading platform and community that is the DT Hub, ensuring it is ready for this new chapter of innovation and knowledge exchange.

The transition of the DT Hub to the Industry/Catapult partnership housed at CPC will allow the community to accelerate its growth and address new and exciting project areas across the public and private sectors. It will be an opportunity to reach different people and industry sectors, scale innovation, expand resources and increase knowledge exchange.

The DT Hub was launched by CDBB in March 2020 as part of the National Digital Twin programme. In two years, DT Hub membership numbers have grown from an initial group of six to over 3,500 individuals, representing more than 1,600 organisations from over 77 countries.

A meeting point for people wherever they are on their digital twin journey, the DT Hub is the ‘go-to’ place for those wanting to find out more about connected digital twins. It has shown the need and desire for a digital twin community, and that collaboration, connection, and knowledge exchange are vital if we are to achieve connected digital twins across the built and natural environments. 

The next phase of the DT Hub will draw on the strength of the wider Catapult Network and its links to a broad range of innovators across industry and academia to build on the foundations laid by CDDB, growing the Hub’s scale and impact.

Commenting on the transition, Alexandra Bolton, Executive Director, CDBB said,

“We are thrilled that the DT Hub will continue its mission at the forefront of innovation. We celebrate its achievements and look ahead to an era that will extend cooperation, coordination and collaboration across sectors and inspire even greater progress towards our vision of enabling people and the planet to flourish together for generations.” 

Paul Wilson, Chief Business Officer, CPC said,

“Connected Places Catapult has been working with the Centre for Digital Built Britain since its inception and has been an enthusiastic member of the DT Hub since 2020, taking a leading role in the Climate Resilience Demonstrator (CReDo) collaboration, shown at COP 26. We are delighted to be inheriting the work of the Hub and look forward to growing the work of this vibrant and passionate community.”


About CDBB   

CDBB (Centre for Digital Built Britain) is a partnership between the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the University of Cambridge. It is also a partner in the Construction Innovation Hub. CDBB seeks to understand how the construction and infrastructure sectors could use a digital approach to better design, build, operate, integrate the built environment. A digital built Britain will:  

·        understand what information is needed to enable better through life economic, social and environmental value from our built environment   

·        champion human-centric design of infrastructure and the services they deliver   

·        exploit new and emerging digital construction and manufacturing skills and technology to reduce costs and increase productivity   

·        grow a new career, business and export opportunities for the UK.  

About the National Digital Twin Programme

The National Digital Twin programme (NDTp), hosted by the University of Cambridge, is playing a key role in the digital transformation of the UK’s infrastructure, and built environment.

Launched by HM Treasury in July 2018, the NDTp has a mandate from Government to facilitate the development of a National Digital Twin – an ecosystem of connected digital twins - to foster better outcomes from our built environment. This is enabled by the Information Management Framework (IMF) and a socio-technical change programme which together provide the necessary building blocks for connected digital twins to share high-quality data securely and effectively.

The NDTp is uniting the collective knowledge of diverse voices of experts to support and empower others to advance change and embrace connected digital twins within their organisations.


About the Digital Twin Hub

The Digital Twin (DT) Hub has been created by The Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) as part of the UK Government-mandated National Digital Twin programme (NDTp).

Driven by the motto of ‘Learn by doing and progress through sharing’, the DT Hub is a space for digital twin owners and suppliers, as well as information management experts, to come together and collaboratively enable this world-leading vision for the NDTp.

The DT Hub connects experts and innovators, providing the opportunity to help shape the future of the built environment in the UK. It is a space to share insight and experience, also to gain further knowledge and seek guidance, on elements such as the Gemini Principles and the Information Management Framework.


About the Connected Places Catapult

Connected Places Catapult is the UK’s innovation accelerator for cities, transport, and places.

We provide impartial ‘innovation as a service’ for public bodies, businesses, and infrastructure providers to catalyse step-change improvements in the way people live, work and travel. We connect businesses and public sector leaders to cutting-edge research to spark innovation and grow new markets. We run technology demonstrators and SME accelerators to scale new solutions that drive growth, spread prosperity, and eliminate carbon.

Connected Places Catapult is part of the wider Catapult Network