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Centre for Digital Built Britain completed its five-year mission and closed its doors at the end of September 2022

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A bold new Vision for the Built Environment is published today (Thursday 22 April).  

With contributions from over 75 industry leaders and endorsed by more than 35 cross industry bodies spanning the UK built environment sector, the Vision describes the future we want: a built environment whose explicit purpose is to enable people and nature to flourish together for generations.

For the first time in history, we have the tools and technology to work together to make this future vision a reality and to manage the built environment in a way that addresses the biggest challenges of our time, from the climate crisis to the COVID-19 pandemic. Aligned to the UK Government’s ambition to build back better, the simple yet radical Vision calls for people and nature to be at the heart of how we design, build, operate, and use our existing built environment. We must make better decisions now to deliver a better future for all.

Across its programmes the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) is working towards better outcomes for people and the environment by using digital data well. As well as building a resilient and world-leading UK construction sector, this will serve as a platform for a sustainable and flourishing economy, society and environment.

Simon Lawrence, Director Strategy Performance and Assurance, Infrastructure and Projects Authority, said: “This Vision for the Built Environment continues the spirit of collaboration between industry and government over the past year, setting out principles consistent with government priorities and recent publications. As we move through COVID-19 recovery and look towards COP26, the IPA will publish Transforming Infrastructure Performance: Roadmap to 2030, setting out the collective efforts required to achieve the transformation needed across the system of the built environment.” 


Mark Enzer, CDBB Director and Head of the National Digital Twin programme, said, “Our contribution to making the Vision a reality is rooted in our mission to enable new and emerging technologies, data and analytics to enhance the natural and built environment, thereby driving up commercial competitiveness and productivity, as well as citizen quality of life and well-being. The National Digital Twin programme is  shaping the digital transformation of the places where we live and work step in the It is developing an information management framework that creates those shared rules for how we can share data where digital and physical worlds meet for the benefit of people and society.  It is not technology-led - it is technology-enabled and people-focused. It recognises that better decisions based on better insights from better data lead to better outcomes for people and the planet.”              

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