Innovative technologies to transform construction

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An ambitious new partnership between the government and the construction industry, will be announced today (Thursday 5 July 2018) by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary, Greg Clark, in a speech to the Northern Powerhouse Summit in Newcastle.

The partnership includes the formal announcement of the Transforming Construction Challenge. With investment from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, and delivered by UK Research and Innovation, the Challenge aims to transform the construction sector. Enabling production of safe, healthy, efficient building using the latest digital manufacturing techniques.

With almost half of the economy reliant on the built environment and the services it enables, the government is bringing together the construction, manufacturing, energy and digital sectors to deliver innovative approaches that improve productivity in construction and accelerate a shift to building safer, healthier and more affordable places to live and learn that use less energy.

As part of the Challenge, EPSRC will award up to £36 million to build and establish an Active Buildings Centre which will aim to break down the barriers that prevent mass uptake of Active Buildings, by working across the UK strengths in research and innovation.

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy press release 

Reference: PN 44-18