Significant Investment in Smart Construction

The Business and Energy Secretary has announced a partnership between the government and the construction industry that includes a £420 million investment in what is termed ‘bytes and mortar smart construction’.

The money is intended to go towards transforming construction through the use of digital building design, new manufacturing technologies and offsite manufacturing, all contributing to reducing the time taken to deliver new-builds by up to a claimed 50 per cent.

The government claims that the UK-wide deal will boost the delivery of 1.5 million new homes by 2022 and that it will also support the Clean Growth Grand Challenge mission to halve the energy use of new-builds by 2030.

It’s unclear how much of the £420 million will be allocated to NI.