Increase productivity, performance and quality in UK construction

Fund Name: Increase productivity, performance and quality in UK construction
Project Length: Dependent on project costs
Project Value: Share of up to 12.5M
Deadline: 19/09/2018

Summary

The aim of this competition is to invest in solutions to improve productivity, quality and performance of the UK construction sector. They are specifically looking for projects to improve the 3 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.
Fund details

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

  • Encourage new construction projects to use ‘design for manufacturing and assembly’ approaches and active energy technologies. Target: an increase in the pre-manufactured value of built assets.
  • Increase the productivity of construction projects. Target: 15% over current methods
  • Develop new, scalable methods that speed up construction and provide greater certainty about budgets and timing. Target: 50% reduction in time from inception to completion from 2010 baseline.
  • Develop integrated building components that generate, manage and store energy, to bring the down the cost of active buildings Target: closer to market cost for standard component.
  • Reduce construction costs and whole-life costs of built assets. Target: 33% reduction against 2010 baseline.
  • Improve the whole-life value and safety of built assets (user performance), including a reduction in carbon intensity. Target: 50%.

Projects that last between 6 and 12 months may have total project costs of between £25,000 and £500,000. Projects that last between 12 and 24 months may have total project costs of between £250,000 and £1 million. Projects must start by December 2018.

Eligibility

To be eligible for funding you must:

  • be a UK based business, academic organisation, charity, public sector organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • carry out your project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • work in collaboration with other businesses, research organisations, public sector or third sector organisations

Projects must be collaborative and involve a micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME). In particular, multidisciplinary collaboration is strongly encouraged. A business must lead an application.

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