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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

Research background

This research network aims to: establish the existing landscape; determine the current position and future vision in relation to other industry bodies that are fundamental in shaping the future of built environment education and training; establish the bottlenecks in the adoption and implementation of BIM within the industry in terms of both bottom up and top down; determine the competencies and competency approaches to facilitate digital upskilling; define the capacity gaps and propose a transitional roadmap for education and upskilling to address the current digital skills gap and building capacity required for the UK to deliver and benefit from digital built Britain.


This project found, among other conclusions, that the mediation of competency supply and demand directly impacts productivity as much as the flow of timely and appropriate information, i.e. through information transactions. However, the proxies used for competence supply and demand are no longer either granular or dynamic enough for the changing world of work.


Literature review

Expert workshops


Professor Jason Underwood


Digital Built Environment

Digitally Enabled Living


Simpson, M.Underwood, J.Shelbourn, M.Carlton, D.Aksenova, G., & Mollasalehi, S. (2019). Pedagogy and Upskilling Network: Evolve or Die - Transforming the productivity of Built Environment Professionals and Organisations of Digital Built Britain through a new, digitally enabled ecosystem underpinned by the mediation between competence supply and demand.