BRE Welcomes Richard Harrington MP’s Announcement

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BRE Welcomes Richard Harrington MP’s Announcement at BRE, Watford, of £72 million Government funding to the Transforming Construction Alliance (TCA) to deliver a national Core Innovation Hub (CIH)

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Formed to drive innovation and technological advances in the UK construction and infrastructure sectors, the TCA brings together the specialist expertise of BRE – the world’s leading building science centre, MTC (Manufacturing Technology Centre) and the CDBB (University of Cambridge Centre for Digital Built Britain).

Niall Trafford CEO at BRE said: “We are delighted to welcome Richard Harrington MP to BRE, Watford, to announce this hugely significant initiative that aims to drive innovation and technological advances and to bring transformative change to the sector. BRE has been leading built environment innovation for almost 100 years and this alliance will enable us to remain at the heart of construction industry advances, for the benefit of all.

“We will also play a significant role in industry engagement and the deployment of demonstrators at the BRE site in Watford and BRE’s expertise in the testing and validation of new products, processes, data and assets, will fully support the move to digitising construction for a more efficient and productive industry.”


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Notes to Editors

About BRE

BRE is the world’s leading, multi-disciplinary building science centre: an innovative group of researchers, scientists, engineers and technicians who share a common goal – to make the built environment better for all.

BRE uses independent cutting-edge research to generate new knowledge and to develop its range of products, services, standards and qualifications. They are used around the world to bring about positive change in the built environment. BRE’s work helps to ensure that buildings, homes and communities are safe, efficient, productive, sustainable and enjoyable places to be, and BRE’s customers use the organisation’s expertise and services to deliver their social, environmental and economic goals.

Established in 1921, BRE has been making a positive difference on the environment for nearly 100 years.  BRE is owned by a charity called the BRE Trust, which delivers one of the world’s largest programs of built environment education and research, for the public good.

About the Transforming Construction Alliance

The Transforming Construction Alliance (TCA) is a consortium of the MTC (Manufacturing Technology Centre), BRE (Building Research Establishment) and the CDBB (Centre for Digital Built Britain). The TCA has received broad support from the construction sector and will help deliver the safer, healthier and energy efficient buildings that the UK needs.

The TCA aims to be a catalyst for transforming the UK construction sector through manufacturing technologies and digital ways of working – boosting productivity, exports and asset performance to benefit society.

The alliance aims to deliver a national Core Innovation Hub (CIH) that will support collaboration across sectors to develop, commercialise and promote digital and manufacturing technologies for the construction sector, offering an opportunity for everyone with an interest in construction to become involved.