Lead Innovation Partners:
Lead Innovation Partners:
Setting the scene: Recognising the urgent need for change
Futurebuild marks the time for change. The construction industry needs to come together to thrive and deliver a fundamental shift in the way we build in the UK.
From offsite manufacturing techniques to digital twins to Active Buildings, the sector has shown us tangible and exciting examples of its own transformative potential. Despite this, construction remains rooted in traditional methods and innovation prevail as the exception rather than the norm. The sector’s poor productivity and its struggle to attract the best and brightest has prevented construction from rapidly adapting to environmental and demographic challenges. Construction needs to see a radical shift; a shift in thinking.
The future is visible; energy-creating buildings, automation and platform development are shaping the buildings in which we live, learn and work. Government, academics are working with industry to embrace this challenge in this one life opportunity offered through the Transforming Construction Challenge.
Our mission: Unleashing the sector’s own potential
The Transforming Construction Challenge (TCC) was born out of UK Research and Innovation’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and is backed by the Construction Sector Deal. The TCC is working across industry, academia and government to make this fundamental transformation a reality through the deployment of Active Buildings which integrate renewable energy technologies for heat, power and transport, and by developing, commercialising and promoting digital and manufacturing technologies.
The three core partners of the TCC - the Construction Innovation Hub, the Active Building Centre and Transforming Construction Network Plus - were launched in 2018 with £170 million from UKRI’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
The TCC partners work closely with the sector to unleash and nurture its innovative potential by driving the uptake of digital and manufacturing technologies, building demonstrators which provide evidence, encouraging much closer collaboration with academia and sectors of the economy leading the technological and digital revolutions.
Our call to action: Join us on the journey
Construction impacts on our lives in ways that few other sectors do. The sector provides millions of jobs and contributes billions of pounds to UK GDP. The buildings we create shape how we live, learn and work and how we interact with the environment around us. Put simply, neither our economy, nor our society and environment can afford for construction to lag behind other sectors of the economy. It must embrace and drive change.
With the right blend of innovation and leadership, UK construction will not only keep pace with other sectors, it could become an exemplar. We can eliminate the productivity gap and turn construction into a magnet for the best and brightest apprentices and graduates with the latest skills. Buildings can be constructed 50% faster and 33% cheaper with half the lifetime carbon emissions. Drastically cutting down on waste and driving the uptake of renewable technologies, buildings can shift from being a contributor to climate change to being part of the solution.
But fundamental transformation must come from within the sector itself. Government, through the Transforming Construction Challenge, has taken unprecedented steps to lead and support construction on the journey. Through Transforming Construction Network Plus, we can bring together academics and businesses across the UK to develop innovative and interdisciplinary research projects. But to deliver transformation on the scale required, all construction businesses – large and small – need to embrace this journey.
In joining forces as Lead Innovation Partner for this year’s Futurebuild, the Transforming Construction Partners, together with our funder UKRI and the Knowledge Transfer Network, will use Futurebuild as a platform to speak to the sector with one strong voice, encouraging companies to join us on the journey of change.