Three of the largest R&D initiatives in the history of the UK’s construction sector are set to appear together at a trade event for the first time, as the UK Research & Innovation’s Transforming Construction Challenge partners are announced as lead innovation partner at Futurebuild 2020.
Borne out of UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the Transforming Construction Challenge partners are working with industry to drive change in how we build our buildings, eliminating the productivity gap in the sector.
The challenge is made up of three organisations – The Construction Innovation Hub, the Active Building Centre and the Transforming Construction Network Plus. Together, they want to ensure we build safer, healthier, more affordable, more energy efficient buildings which deliver better outcomes for those who use them and for wider society. The opportunity for industry with a focus on innovation and a theme of ‘moving towards a zero-carbon world’, Futurebuild 2020 will mark the first major industry event supported by all three Transforming Construction partners.
The centrepiece of the partners’ presence at Futurebuild 2020 will be a centrally located Innovation Lounge. With the challenge offering a range of opportunities for UK-based researchers and businesses, the lounge will provide visitors with the opportunity to meet with experts across the three organisations and find out how they can become involved.
In addition, leading experts from all three organisations including construction sector household names like Sam Stacey, Keith Waller, Dr Ahsan Khan and Professor Jacqueline Glass, will play a central role in panel discussions on both the Arena and Keynote Stages, offering their thoughts and analyses on the challenges and opportunities which we face in 2020 and the years ahead.