The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund is making over £18 million available to research, development and innovation projects to enable a more skilled, productive, and efficient UK construction industry.
The UK Research and Innovation is part of the challenge to transform the construction industry. The government committed £170 million, which the industry matched with £250 million, to adopt and integrate new techniques and approaches that can position the UK as a world leader.
A total of 24 projects has received £13.3 million. They will involve the industry collaborating with the research base to enable innovations. The awarded projects include:
- A project that will use algorithms and AI to improve the prediction, planning, and scheduling of construction projects. The goal is to reduce time and cost and optimise buildings.
- A consortium that includes a leading housebuilder and one of the largest social landlords. Their project strives to make offsite manufacturing a sustainable alternative to traditional methods by examining how it can reduce costs and defects and improve productivity.
- A project to develop a new piling technology that will improve capacity and sustainability when foundations are laid.
The ultimate aim for all projects is to:
- Develop digital simulations that support building design and management
- Improve building quality by adopting offsite manufacturing strategies
- Enable active generation and storage of power in the buildings