The UK Government has launched the ISCF Transforming Construction Challenge (part of the Clean Growth Grand Challenge in the Industrial Strategy). The programme, worth £170 million over four years, aims to bring together the construction, manufacturing, energy and digital sectors and will concentrate on:
- How we manufacture buildings
- How we digitally design and manage buildings
- How we power buildings.
As part of this, Innovate UK has just launched a funding competition called Increase productivity, performance and quality in UK construction. Proposals must address one or more of the Industrial challenge objectives and deliver technologies, processes and business models that can:
- Deliver new built assets 50% faster and 33% cheaper
- Halve the lifetime carbon emissions
- Improve whole-life performance.
Steel construction has many attributes to help deliver these targets and this competition offers the sector the opportunity to secure funding to exploit these attributes. Innovate UK are specifically looking for projects to improve the three core stages of the construction lifecycle:
- Designing and managing buildings through digitally-enabled performance management.
- Constructing quality buildings using a manufacturing approach.
- Powering buildings with active energy components and improving build quality.
SCI would like to hear from organisations within the steel construction sector who would like to work with us to develop a joint proposal. In addition to our technical expertise, SCI brings experience of proposal writing and research project management.
Proposals must be led by a UK based, for profit business and must be collaborative and include a micro, small or medium sized enterprise. Projects related to the offsite construction section are thought to be of particular interest to Innovate UK.
More details of the competition are available here.
For further information contact Michael Sansom.