i3P Chair Andy Mitchell said the new investments would “enable the acceleration of collaborative innovation following completion of the programme of discovery projects by i3P over the next 6 months.”
Those discovery projects, consisting of feasibility, scoping, and proof of concept studies, are based on a set of roadmaps outlining key technologies for the sector, developed by i3P in partnership with the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC). They will enable client and supply chain organisations to clearly identify those technologies that must be developed in order to address the challenges and opportunities faced by the industry.
Neil Rawlinson, MTC Strategic Development Director, said: “We are proud of our partnership with i3P, and feel privileged to have played such a significant role in the development of the first national technology roadmaps for the sector. This Transforming Construction challenge aligned to those roadmaps will supercharge a cohesive R&D programme and deliver a more productive industry. We look forward to playing our part in that transformation.”
“The support and investment provided through the Sector Deal and the ISCF in combination with the i3P collaborative agenda is a powerful formula for ensuring the future sustainability of the industry, ensuring that it makes its full contribution both to the public and to UK plc,” said KTN Director Colin Tattam.