Rethinking the Build Process

Rethinking the Build Process

12 Apr 2012

The Government is to invest in new research and development to encourage building developers and construction contractors, collaborating with their supply chain, to radically rethink the build process, transforming supply chains to deliver low-impact buildings cost effectively, in volume, at speed, and with very low levels of defects.

The Technology Strategy Board ( will invest up to £4 million in a collaborative R&D competition that will fund up to fifteen research projects.  The projects will give the opportunity to explore and test the viability of new integrated ways of working, novel process tools, products or contractual arrangements and to demonstrate that these improve build consistency, cost-effectiveness, speed and sustainability.

The competition is targeted at construction contractors, developers and other major procurers of buildings, collaborating with their supply chain.  It will encourage them to undertake a fundamental rethink of their current design, procurement and construction processes, identify opportunities for a significant step change in improvement, develop novel, more integrated ways of working and then to trial these on a new construction project.

Organisations are encouraged to apply as a consortium – working together to find innovative solutions to shared challenges.  Successful consortia will receive between £150,000 and £1 million, constituting up to 50% of the research costs.  Both domestic and non-domestic new build projects, or programmes of projects, are eligible.  Funding will vary depending on the degree of innovation and range of issues tackled, not the size of the construction project.

The competition opens on 8 May 2012 and expressions of interest must be submitted by 13 June 2012.  After assessment by independent experts the consortia who submitted the strongest expressions of interest will be invited to submit full applications.  For further information about the Rethinking the Build Process competition for collaborative R&D funding please visit: Build Process comp

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