Free event offers help to take advantage of government’s Transforming Construction programme

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) and partners are running a free event to help construction companies take advantage of opportunities offered by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund’s Transforming Construction programme.

Transforming Construction is part of the UK Government’s Sector Deal, which will see £170 million of government investment over three years to help prepare the UK construction sector for the future.

It will help companies to adopt digital and manufacturing technologies that will help them construct buildings 50% faster, 33% cheaper and with half the lifetime carbon emissions. It also aims to boost the skills of construction workers and help train the next generation.

Opportunities as part of Transforming Construction include the establishment of a core innovation hub that will support collaboration in the construction sector, and a new £36m active building centre which will look at energy generation, storage and release technologies and how these can support active buildings that effectively act as power stations. There will also be numerous calls for research and development projects that encourage cross-sector collaboration.

The ISCF Transforming Construction: Opportunities in 2019 event, which will take place at CSIC in Hamilton on Thursday 28 February, will feature speakers from Innovate UK, Network Plus, Core Innovation Hub and the Active Building Centre, who will discuss their plans and share details of support available.

They will include:

  • Jonny Williams, head of projects at the Active Building Centre
  • Oliver Novakovic, technical & innovation director at Barratt Developments Plc
  • Jamie Johnston, head of global systems at Bryden Wood
  • Sam Stacey, challenge director – transforming construction, UKRI
  • Mike Pitts, deputy challenge director, transforming construction, Innovate UK
  • Trudi Sully, associate director, construction and infrastructure, Manufacturing Technology Centre
  • Keith Waller, programme director, Transforming Construction Alliance  

Stephen Good, Chief Executive at CSIC said: “2019 presents a major opportunity for anyone involved in construction in Scotland to benefit from the initiatives and opportunities offered by the Transforming Construction programme. However, we know change can sometimes be daunting, which is why I’d encourage anyone who is interested in the future of construction but may feel slightly overwhelmed about where to begin, to come along to this event and hear from the organisations involved. By the end of this event, you’ll have a much clearer picture about what Transforming Construction can mean for your business.”

The event is offered free of charge and more information is given here.

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