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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

A cross-sector leadership community is beginning a new chapter in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), working to stimulate change and drive digital innovation across the built environment sector.

Established by the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) as a partner in the Construction Innovation Hub in January 2020, the Buildings Client Group (BCG) is an independent member’s group for leaders, directors and decision makers from across the property sector engaged in digital transformation.

From this month [April 2022] the group will be hosted by CIOB, where it will continue to support group members to focus on creating step-change within their own organisations and across the sector. 

The group’s objectives are to:

  • Improve the design and delivery of new buildings, and support effective management of them over their operational lifecycle through the implementation of emerging digital practices
  • Increase digital maturity of member organisations through transparent benchmarking and insight sharing
  • Learn from others by sharing case studies and best practice to provide real world examples of successful digital transformation

Eddie Tuttle, Director of Policy, Research and Public Affairs for CIOB, said: “We are pleased to support the Buildings Client Group on the next steps of its journey. It has already done a great deal to advance the agenda of digital adoption in construction, which is one important element of the wider work to drive up standards in the industry and improve the quality and safety of the built environment, for its creators and its users. We look forward to helping the group realise its potential, continuing to drive the digital transformation of the sector.”

Neil Pennell, Chair of the Buildings Client Group and Head of Design Innovation and Property Solutions at Landsec, said: “The BCG has grown and developed over our time at CDBB and become a lively and engaging community of individuals who are passionate about the digitisation of the sector and leading digital adoption within their organisation.

“With our membership comprising both public and private sector clients representing a wide range of building types from across the UK, we provide a unique and secure forum for discussion; demonstrating good practice and sharing real-world case studies to inform and lead the way. We are always ready to welcome new members who are keen to proactively contribute towards us achieving our collective goals. Please do get in touch if you’d like to know more.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Buildings Client Group and how you can get involved, please contact


About CIOB

  • The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) stands for the science, ethics and practice of built environments across the world.
  • CIOB is the most influential body for construction management and leadership, with around 47,000 members in more than 100 countries.
  • CIOB aims to improve the quality of life for the users and creators of our built environment. 
  • CIOB works to drive up professional standards, push forward innovation, influence policymakers and strengthen talent across the CIOB global community.

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About the Construction Innovation Hub

The Construction Innovation Hub’s vision is a world-leading construction and infrastructure sector, future-proofed through collective innovation, that delivers long-term environmental, economic and social benefits for the UK.

Funded by Government in 2018 with £72 million from UK Research and Innovation’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the Construction Innovation Hub brings together world-class expertise from BRE, the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) at the University of Cambridge and the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC). We believe that collective innovation can catalyse the change needed for our built environment to deliver better outcomes for current and future generations.

About Buildings Client Group

The Buildings Client Group was formed in January 2020 and currently has 24 members drawn from owners and operators of public and private sector buildings across the UK.

Collectively the group represents a significant part of the built environment sector including housing, retail, workspace, schools, higher education, correctional establishments and other Government facilities.

The BCG recognises the important role that digital transformation will play in the journey to net zero carbon and in ensuring that buildings are safe to occupy. The group is committed to developing the strategies needed to address these critical issues.

About CDBB   

CDBB (Centre for Digital Built Britain) is a partnership between the Department for Business, Energy & 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 new career, business and export opportunities for the UK.   

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