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i3P welcomes Government investment in construction

The announcement of a £170m Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) ’Transforming Construction’ programme and a Construction Sector Deal with a key focus on industry-led innovation have underlined the critical need for i3P as the UK moves towards ever-more efficient and productive infrastructure projects.
In its Industrial Strategy White Paper this week, the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) declared that a central plank of the Construction Sector Deal would entail: “A joint commitment to invest in a transformative programme which brings together the construction, digital technology, manufacturing, materials and energy sectors to develop and commercialise digital and offsite manufacturing technologies. This will accelerate change in the infrastructure and construction sector, ensuring new technologies that can help deliver the government’s planned investments in infrastructure and our 2015 commitment to deliver a million homes by the end of 2020 and half a million more by the end of 2022 are commercialised as quickly as possible.”
The Transforming Construction programme includes plans to significantly reduce the energy required for building and operating costs; with an integration of new construction, digital energy and efficiency technologies.

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.

We look forward to seeing the full details of the Sector Deal and the ISCF challenge in the coming weeks.

2 Responses to “i3P welcomes Government investment in construction”

  1. Profile photo of Paul Morris

    Fantastic news! Thanks to all i3P early adopters who have demonstrated to government that collaboration in infrastructure is the key to unleashing innovation and driving productivity.
    We are all ‘disruptors-in-chief’!

  2. Profile photo of Adrian

    The roadmap workshops were a great example of what we can achieve through collaboration. The Sector Deal is an huge opportunity for us to take the collaboration which has been demonstrated and drive a real transformation in our sector. This matters because construction and infrastructure has a profound impact on the lives of everybody across the UK, our economy, and the world around us. Exciting (and no doubt challenging) times ahead!

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