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This research will focus on the socio-cultural challenges that inhibit the transformation of construction, and will seek to assess the impact of digital innovations where they exist and to understand the barriers to greater uptake. It will work with partners to assess what new contracting and business models are needed to facilitate the innovations that have the potential to transform construction.

With two work streams, one looking at the social context of the UK construction industry and the other at off-site manufacture, this project will build on existing work produced by the Housing Digital Built Britain Network, and will seek to address some of the gaps in capabilities, many of which are social and not just technical. The project will gather evidence from successful use cases, seeking to measure the benefits and value of such innovation in order to provide an evidence based case to the sector to support greater uptake of digital innovation. Through interviews, focus groups and workshops, the research will focus on learning across sectors, on international comparisons and on understanding the different contexts in which innovation is needed, and on the interests, motivations and requirements of the different stakeholders.

This research forms part of the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) at the University of Cambridge’s work within the Construction Innovation Hub, which brings together world-class expertise from the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), BRE and CDBB to transform the UK construction sector. The Construction Innovation Hub is funded by UK Research and Innovation through the Industrial Strategy Fund.



Project Start Date

August 2019