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Innovation in Construction – call for expressions of interest to join a consortium

We want to bring together a consortium of partners to develop a concept and proposal that looks to improve productivity, quality and performance of the UK construction sector. We are particularly interested in hearing from UK based for-profit businesses who will be able to lead the application, as this is a requirement of the call.

We are seeking partners to develop an application for the Increase productivity, performance and quality in UK construction funding competition.

We have in-house expertise in a number of areas relevant to this proposal but are seeking to augment these with partners with capabilities in one or more of the following areas:

  • Designing and managing buildings
  • Digitally enabled performance management
  • Constructing quality buildings and using a manufacturing approach
  • Building Information Modelling
  • Construction cost surveying/development economics
  • Economic/Environmental/Social Impact analysis
  • Geospatial Data Science
  • Local Planning Authorities
  • Professional Umbrella Bodies

UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £12.5m from the Industrial Challenge Fund to increase productivity, performance and quality in construction.

The project must respond to one or more of the following Industrial Strategy Challenge objectives:

  1. Encourage new construction projects to use ‘design for manufacturing and assembly’ approaches and active energy technologies.
  2. Increase the productivity of construction projects.
  3. Develop new, scalable methods that speed up construction and provide greater certainty about budgets and timing.
  4. Develop integrated building components that generate, manage and store energy, to bring the down the cost of active buildings
  5. Reduce construction costs and whole-life costs of built assets.
  6. Improve the whole-life value and safety of built assets (user performance), including a reduction in carbon intensity.

Funding Rules

All business partners will be expected to bring match funding to the project. For technical feasibility studies and industrial research, you could get:

  • up to 70% of your eligible project costs if you are a small business
  • up to 60% if you are a medium-sized business
  • up to 50% if you are a large business

Registering Your Interest

We are undertaking a formal process of selection for interested organisations. All organisations interested in joining the consortium are requested to register their interest by emailing Nathan Whittaker with the following, in total no more than 4 pages:

  • Two examples of recent, previous work which demonstrates the organisation’s capability in providing the services required within this consortium project. This should include an explanation of the work carried out and the outcome and achievements of the project (maximum ½ page per example)
  • An outline of the concept that the organisation would like to develop as part of the call
  • What the organisation can contribute to the consortium
  • Indication of other organisations that they might like to see form part of the consortium

Submission of the above information will be considered an expression of your organisation’s interest to join the consortium.

All registrations of interest must be submitted by email by Friday 10 August 2018.  The submissions will be reviewed based on experience, capability and suitability and you will receive a response on the outcome of your submission by Friday 17 August 2018.

Any queries about this call for collaborators should be addressed to Yalena Coleman.

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