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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

As part of the Cambridge Festival we are inviting Cambridgeshire residents to join us to explore  what the future might be for UK’s buildings, infrastructure, places and spaces.

Four Futures, One Choice, developed by experts from the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) who specialise in the built environment and how it relates to technology, the economy, design and society, explores four future scenarios for what the construction sector of 2040 could look like, depending on the choices we make today.

This research will be presented to Cambridge Festival audiences as an interactive e-book for children which will be launched at the start of the festival at  

We are also hosting two special online events during the festival:

To explore four compelling visions of the future for the built environment and how the choices we make today are vital for a fairer, greener, inclusive and sustainable future, visit, where you can download the Four Futures, One Choice e-book and summary.

Those with an interest in how digital technology is transforming construction can also find out more about other Construction Innovation Hub funded CDBB research during the festival.

  • On Wednesday 31 March at 7.30pm join researchers from the Cambridge Centre for Housing & Planning Research (CCHPR) on a journey to learn about how modern technologies and digital approaches are being used to build new homes faster, cheaper and better in a drive to build more high quality, affordable and sustainable homes and tackle the UK housing crisis -
  • On Saturday 3 April at 2pm curious minds of all ages will have the opportunity to virtually visit the Civil Engineering Building – home to the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC). Visitors are invited to see how smart infrastructure brings a building to life by engaging with platforms that collect and visualise rich streams of data coming from sensors deployed across the structure which let researchers know if the building is performing as designed -

These events are part of the new Cambridge Festival which takes place from 26 March to 4 April 2021 - a series of free online events and activities for the whole family showcasing research from across the University of Cambridge