Construction is an engine of the UK economy, contributing around 6% of the country’s GDP. But sites and supply chains have been widely interrupted by the impact of COVID-19 and the future of many projects is uncertain. As the nation recovers from the shock of the century, the industry’s commitment to innovation and sustainability may be tested to the limit.
At this critical juncture, resilience, innovation and “better ways of building” are crucial. Breakthrough materials, digital technologies and new manufacturing solutions are already reshaping the construction landscape, but will disruption already underway be accelerated by the pandemic? How will project design and delivery evolve? Which innovative tools and solutions could improve productivity, cost-effectiveness and sustainability at this uncertain time?
This FT Digital Dialogues webinar, organised in partnership with UK Research and Innovation, will discuss the future of building. Our expert speakers will share insights on the technologies, processes and products that are transforming an industry which still remains largely unreformed and unproductive. Two years into the UK government’s Industrial Strategy Transforming Construction Challenge, we will showcase innovative solutions funded by this programme and explore how it is contributing to reshape the built environment and accelerate lasting change.