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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 local authority (LA) sector is large and diverse with 343 councils in England who collectively spent around £25bn on capital expenditure in 2017/2018 and approx. £4bn on building maintenance and operation. Currently sector uptake of digital information management – known as Building Information Modelling - or BIM for short - is low and the report explores why this is and suggests outputs to address this.

Given their significant estates, approaching the planning and operation of an authority's assets through a data-led approach could have a significantly positive impact with every 1% efficiency on capital delivery yielding estimated savings of around £250m across the sector. Establishing a reliable and accessible data set will significantly speed up an organisation’s planning, risk assessments, action planning and reporting, as well as compliance assurance.  

Next Steps

The BIM in Local Authorities working group report will be followed by a short video aimed at senior leaders and councillors in local authorities and an interactive digital roadmap which will guide LA property teams through the steps and demonstrate how tools can be adapted to suit their information needs and capabilities

To find out more about this work read the BLOG from Terry Stocks, and visit the Local Authorities Working Group page


Andy Boutle – UK BIM Alliance

Julia Bowman – MHCLG

Timothy Butterfield – CDBB

Charlotte Cordingley – Stockport Metropolitan

Borough Council

Jerry Dillion – West Sussex County Council

Paul Dodds – Scottish Futures Trust

Cllr Peter Fleming – Sevenoaks District Council

Keith Heard – Hampshire County Council

Michael McLornan – NI Gov Procurement

Tom Scholes – Oxfordshire County Council

Terry Stocks – Chair - CDBB



BIM in Local Authorities - A paper discussing the issues surrounding the implementation and adoption of digital ways of working/BIM in local authority organisations. CDBB, 2020

DOI: https://doi.10.17863/CAM.58334