The foundation industries operate on long term investment cycles. This means that many companies are now planning the facilities that will be in operation in 2050. But the need to reduce carbon emissions and improve resource efficiency are impacting not just the foundation industries, but also their customers. What types of materials and products will their customers be wanting to purchase this far into the future?

Webinar recording is now available


The construction sector is a major customer for foundation industry products, including cement, glass, metals and bulk ceramics. The Transforming foundation industries challenge – UKRI is supporting the development of innovative technology to reduce energy and resource use within the foundation industries.

BRE has been commissioned to help the Foundation Industries understand the future material requirements of the UK construction sector, including:

  • Market opportunities and threats
  • The possible impact of disruptive products or business models
  • Their short and medium term research needs

Innovate UK KTN, Innovate UK and BRE arranged an online workshop and networking event which brought together the foundation industries and the construction industry to understand the drivers and future material requirements of the sector. At this event there was the opportunity to hear about:

  • Insights into the initial findings from the research project carried out by BRE
  • Delve deeper into specific challenge areas for Construction
  • Hear from key construction sector representatives on their innovation requirements
  • Opportunity to network and meet with industry and institutions


  • 10:00 – Innovate UK KTN welcome
  • 10:05 – The Foundation Industries Challenge – Hugh Falkner, Innovate UK
  • 10:15 – Initial findings from the research – Andrew Dunster, BRE
  • 10:30 – Q&A
  • 10:40 – Breakout session based on research findings
  • 11:10 – Key points from breakout sessions
  • 11:25 – Panel discussion with industry stakeholders (including Q&A)
    • Alison Nicholl, Head of Constructing Excellence (Chair)
    • Gaynor Tenant, Founder & Chair | The Offsite Alliance
    • Dr. Su Varma, Academic Director, R&D Incubator | NSG European Technical Centre
    • Diego Padilla-Philipps | WSP
    • Michael Pelken, Innovation Director | Keltbray
  • 11:50 – 2050 Materials Demand for Foundation Industries: Knowledge and Opportunity Sharing (Innovate UK KTN)
  • 11:55 – Wrap up – Hugh Falkner, Innovate UK
  • 12:00 – Close