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Cadre of industry heavyweights tasked with driving innovation

Digital skills

A who’s who of engineering’s finest has been appointed to the Construction Innovation Hub board.

Industry figures including the chief executives of the Association for Consultancy & Engineering (ACE), the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (Ceca) and the Royal Town Planning Institute have been appointed to the six person board. 

Formed in November 2018, the £72M Construction Innovation Hub was set up as part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy and has been designed to develop and support the new technologies such as virtual reality, digital design and offsite manufacturing technologies for construction. 

Construction Innovation Hub industry board members:  

  • Mark Farmer, chief executive, Cast Consultancy  
  • Diana Montgomery, chief executive, Construction Products Association  
  • Alasdair Reisner, chief executive, Civil Engineering Contractors Association  
  • Hannah Vickers, chief executive, Association for Consultancy & Engineering  
  • Victoria Hills, chief executive, Royal Town Planning Institute  
  • Huda As’ad, head of performance, Infrastructure & Projects Authority 

Ceca chief executive Alasdair Reisner said: “The UK construction sector stands on the edge of a transformation that will fundamentally reshape the way we think about delivering the nation’s buildings and infrastructure,” he said.  

“We can grasp this opportunity to become global leaders in the field, accelerating productivity and creating an industry that the next generation will want to be part of. We look forward to playing our part in supporting this transformation.”  

ACE chief executive Hannah Vickers said modernising the sector will benefit customers, clients and businesses. “The role that the Construction Innovation Hub will play in transforming our industry is immense, and I am proud to be joining the board to help in driving it forward,” she said.  

“We have a huge opportunity to transform the sector, and in conjunction with ACE’s own Future of Consultancy campaign, I know we will be able to work together to modernise the sector and deliver better outcomes for the ultimate customers, our clients and our businesses well into the future.” 

Construction Innovation Hub programme director Keith Waller added: “The Construction Innovation Hub is working with government, academia, the Construction Leadership Council and other industry leaders to develop solutions that can be used across projects and sectors,” he said. 

“But I want our programme to go further. I want to ensure key industry decision makers and leaders help shape the Construction Innovation Hub, so it can deliver for industry as well as society at large. Our new Industry Board will help us develop the framework we need, focusing on those outputs that will make a real difference.” 

Funding for the hub comes from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. 

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