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Government bid to attract talent from other sectors to Construction
14 January 2013

Construction News award could attract funding for innovative ideas and improve efficiency.

The government has given its official backing to the Construction News Awards 2013 with the launch of a brand new category to reward the greatest digital contribution to growth in the built environment.

 The inaugural Digital Built Britain award will recognise UK initiatives where the innovative use of data could enhance the value of a building during its construction or use. Entries are encouraged from outside the sector, particularly from industries such as Technology, Engineering and Aerospace.

 The award is backed by the UK Building Information Modelling (BIM) Task Group in association with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Cabinet Office and the Construction Industry Council.

 Cabinet Office head of BIM implementation David Philp said: “As well as being aimed at software developers, this exciting new award is also aimed at start-up researchers with a great idea that might be working in other manufacturing sectors, such as aerospace, that we want to attract to construction. It’s designed for potential gamechangers for our industry that will optimise and refine current ways of working to create an exciting new chapter for efficient and collaborative working.”

 Construction News Editor, Rebecca Evans said: “The Construction industry is one of the best generators of economic growth and we’re delighted to launch this award, which will attract the best ideas from other industries into construction. This new category in the Construction News Awards recognises the kind of innovation that can drive greater efficiency throughout the built environment.”

 UK BIM Task Group chair Mark Bew added: “The two goals are growth and competitiveness for the UK construction industry, and to attract people to help us solve the challenges we face around cost, carbon and sustainability issues.

 “The award is also a way to attract backing for a development project. It’s aimed at somebody who has a great idea they want to take to another industry and is looking for funding that will help reinvent the image of the built environment in a digital future.”

The Construction News Awards are free to enter and the deadline is 1st February.

For further details and criteria go to: www.constructionnewsawards.com

Notes to Editors

The Construction News Digital Built Britain award has been launched in line with the Government’s commitment to reduce the cost of publicly-funded construction in the UK by 20% by the end of its term.

For further information contact Sarah Kemp at sarah.kemp@topright-group.com or on 07738 740831



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