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£72M awarded to support digital construction innovation

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The government has announced a £72M investment in a new innovation hub, which will support developments in virtual reality, digital design and offsite manufacturing technologies for construction.

The government’s £72M investment in a new Core Innovation Hub, which is part of its modern Industrial Strategy, has been designed to develop and support the new technologies as they become a common part of the construction sector.  

The new investment was announced by the business and industry minister Richard Harrington and it will be delivered by the Transforming Construction Alliance (TCA).

The TCA is a consortium of the Manufacturing Technology Centre, Building Research Establishment and the Centre for Digital Built Britain.  

Bryden Wood board director and head of global systems Jaimie Johnston has been appointed design lead. Johnston said this marks the start of the industry’s transformation.  

“Collaboration has already worked well in UK construction with the adoption of BIM. If we can collaborate in the same way to transform design and delivery, then this is the beginning of construction’s transformation,” he said.  

Bryden Wood will be leading the creation of “product family architectures” - standardised designs and components - for new buildings across the government estate and will deploy a team of architects and engineers to work on the project.  

Tideway chief executive and chair of the Construction Leadership Council Andy Mitchell said: “The Core Innovation Hub has an essential role to play in delivering increased sector productivity by accelerating industry innovation. It will enable construction businesses to develop and validate new products and manufacturing and assembly processes and will leverage investment into UK offsite manufacturing capability. The CIH will provide an opportunity for all organisations with an interest in construction innovation to participate in our industry transformation and I urge everyone to find out how they can benefit from this remarkable opportunity”

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