Last night saw the launch of the most wide-ranging review of the impact of digital construction ever seen in the UK construction industry, to be undertaken by Ecobuild in partnership with Building magazine and Building Design (BD), with a call for papers from professionals across the sector.

At the offices of Ecobuild organiser UBM in central London, a high level construction industry audience heard Martin Hurn, Ecobuild Event Director, explain the scope of the review, which will be published in the run-up to Ecobuild 2016 and distributed to pre-registered attendees. The review will gather views from companies, associations and individuals on how digital construction methods – one of the key drivers for change in the industry – including BIM, procurement, on site technologies and smart building systems are impacting on their businesses, and their predictions for the future.

UBM266_xlargeOver 100 leading contractors, developers, architects, industry bodies and consultants – including representatives from Wates Group, Laing O’Rourke, UK-GBC, Barratt Homes, HTA Architects, Education Funding Agency, Turner & Townsend and Ryder Architecture – also had a sneak preview of some exciting new features that are being introduced at Ecobuild 2016. Those in attendance were also given a snapshot of the major industry speakers confirmed and an explanation of how the event has evolved for 2016.

Martin outlined the event’s key focus on infrastructure, digital construction and off-site, three themed conference days covering the growth sectors of Homes, Architecture and Next Generation, and the new exhibition feature areas including SMART focusing on smart technology and DISCOVER featuring innovative construction materials.

Tom Lane, Editor, Building Design, told the assembled audience how the profile of the magazine’s highly respected BD Architect of the Year Awards will be raised further in 2016 when it moves to London’s ExCeL to become a key highlight of Ecobuild 2016’s day two focus on architecture. He also described further enhancements to the awards and outlined the key topics that Building Design will be covering during its seminar slots at Ecobuild 2016.

Martin Hurn commented:

“The Leaders Reception was a crucial opportunity to bring our high calibre audience of industry leaders together to not only tell them about this ground-breaking review of digital construction methods, but also to give them an enticing glimpse of what we have planned for Ecobuild 2016.”

“The attendees responded warmly to the fact we have initiated a major piece of cross-industry research which will be captured in a comprehensive State of the Nation report,” he added. “There was also strong approval for the themes and features we have developed for Ecobuild’s evolved proposition for 2016.”

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