Is Technology Important in Construction?
April 3, 2021
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Technology is being increasingly embraced by the construction industry, something which is now encouraged by the government and industry bodies. There have been calls for an increase in innovative, more efficient methods and practices for several years. The industry has lagged behind somewhat in this respect, but in the last few years seems to have come on in leaps and bounds. Advances such as modular construction has played a significant role in speeding up construction and lessening cost in the building world. Where components are designed and created offsite, then assembled at the location, a precision build is the result, along with less waste.
UKRI is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). They have an ambitious agenda and work to promote all things technical and innovative. The Transforming Construction Challenge, is backed by £170m in research and innovation investment. This is matched by £250m from industry, aiming to create new building processes and techniques of construction manufacture in the UK.
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Sam Stacey is the challenge director of the initiative, and says he felt for a long time that construction was not reflecting the needs of society. Inferior planning and design resulted in urban decay and an increase in crime. Eventually he felt he was sufficiently skilled and knowledgeable to lead the push for change. He believes we now have the capacity to transform what and how we build.
Sam Stacey says that construction industry turnover in the UK is bigger than aerospace and automotive combined at £110bn. He also maintains that the sector has remained trapped in a cycle of low innovation and deficient productivity. Generous government support has, in the past, been available for other industry sectors contributing to their advanced status.
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