Clients, particularly those responsible for the delivery of large infrastructure projects, see their role as fundamental to encouraging innovation. Crossrail was unusual in that it sought to provide a structure for the management of innovation. This award winning Innovate 18 programme has now morphed into an industry wide model called IP3 for infrastructure project-based innovation.
The UK Government is working with industry to boost spending on R & D to 2.4% of GDP by 2027. The Construction Sector Deal sets out how the construction industry will contribute to this, with a £420m joint investment from the sector and the government in new technology and techniques including Building on initiatives such as the Centre for Digital Built Britain
CIRIA’s survey into Site Investigation and innovation showed the Site Investigation Industry is keen to embrace innovation and yet 80% of respondents to a question about first-hand knowledge of innovation application confirmed they had not applied any new or innovative site investigation techniques in the last 12 months. The same survey found that over 60% of Clients considered that site investigation was a cause of delay and a major issue on construction projects. Conversely, most Consultants think that that cost is the Client’s top priority whilst this didn’t make one of the top three Client issues.
Clients can see the value of supporting innovation throughout the life of the project and this Innovative Site Investigation Hub includes clients as some of its supporters and Partners.
And if you simply want to know more or how to get involved please contact Joanne Kwan