Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £12.5 million in innovative projects to transform the UK construction sector.

As part of the Clean Growth Grand Challenge within the government’s Industrial Strategy, a £420m Construction Sector Deal has been announced.

Included in this there will be an investment of £170m in the Transforming Construction: Manufacturing Better Buildings Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).  Innovate UK have now released details of the £12.5m competition set to be launched on the 23rd July as part of this investment.

The government has an ambitious vision for this sector – halving the energy use of new buildings by 2030; building a house within days or weeks instead of months; delivering new buildings at a third of the cost; providing homes that are cheaper to run and smarter, safer buildings all with lower emissions; and ultimately creating cleaner air.

Everyone in the UK is affected by the construction industry and it’s one of the country’s major employers with around 3.1 million people working in the sector.  The Construction Sector Deal sets out an ambitious partnership between the industry and government that aims to transform the sector’s productivity through innovative technologies and a more highly skilled workforce.

The announced competition is to invest in solutions to improve productivity, quality and performance of the UK construction sector, specifically looking for projects to improve the 3 core stages of the construction lifecycle:

  1. Designing and managing buildings through digitally-enabled performance management.
  2. Constructing quality buildings using a manufacturing approach.
  3. Powering buildings with active energy components and improving build quality.

KTN are hosting a number of briefing events to help potential applicants to find out more about the scope of the competition, and develop ideas and partnerships.

If you are interested in attending please register your interest by following the links below.

Glasgow, 19th July

London, 23rd July

Bristol, 24th July

Birmingham 25th July

 

If you are unable to attend in person you can also register for the webcast on the 23rd July here.

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