UK announces ‘Construction Playbook’ to create digital marketplace, global BIM summit to accelerate digitalization

In 2018, public sector works contributed some £117 billion to the UK economy, as well as supporting over two million jobs.

UK announces ‘Construction Playbook’ to create digital marketplace, global BIM summit to accelerate digitalization
UK announces ‘Construction Playbook’ to create digital marketplace, global BIM summit to accelerate digitalization

UK announces ‘Construction Playbook’ to create digital marketplace, global BIM summit to accelerate digitalization

The UK Government has announced the ‘Construction Playbook‘, detailing new plans of setting up a digital marketplace and collaborating with the construction sector to make sure public sector works are faster, better, and greener. In 2018, public sector works contributed some £117 billion to the UK economy, as well as supporting over two million jobs.

The Playbook outlines what the Government expects from these works, from new roads and railway lines to schools, hospitals and prisons, and the key role the construction sector will play in both the UK’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and in bringing down greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050.

The measures include:

  • Promoting the use of carbon assessments to understand and minimise the greenhouse emissions of projects.
  • Modernising construction by standardising designs and parts, as well as embedding digital technologies including the UK Building Information Management Framework
  • Providing greater certainty to industry through long term plans for key programmes. This will include longer term contracting across a range of areas which will give industry the certainty required to invest in new technologies, delivering improved productivity and efficiency savings
  • Incentivising industry to innovate by focusing on the output of what we want a project to achieve, rather than micromanaging how it is done
  • Greater focus on building positive relationships with robust contract management between project leads and industry
  • Investing more in training and apprenticeships, driving forward innovation in construction, boost productivity and focus on value for money in public sector developments

Cabinet Office Minister Lord Agnew, said, “As the largest construction sector customer, government is in an ideal position to ensure that the industry is productive, professional and delivers value for money for taxpayers. By adopting the new Construction Playbook, developed with industry partners, we will help ensure that the sector becomes greener and more innovative.”

In addition, the UK’s Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) has also announced that the inaugural Global BIM Summit will take place, online, on 17 March 2021. The global summit, which is expected to attract attendees from more than 40 countries worldwide, marks the launch of a Global BIM Network.

Supported by the Construction Innovation Hub and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), the Global BIM Network’s aim is to bring together the public sector, with multilaterals and investors, in the spirit of collaboration and knowledge-sharing, so that nations across the world can benefit from being better informed and contribute towards the digitalization of the global construction industry.

Adam Matthews, Head of International, CDBB said: “BIM is inclusive, it’s a digital collaboration that draws people in to solving the challenge of delivering the world’s infrastructure. Our partnering with governments and industry around the world has accelerated the digital change across the sector by bringing together diverse ideas, cultures and people. The Global BIM Summit and Network will foster shared knowledge and benefits by growing an open digital construction sector.”

The Global BIM Summit will take place online at 11.00 (GMT) and 15.00 (GMT) on 17 March 2021 to account for time differences globally. There is also a Global BIM Summit Pre-Event Series planned on the below dates where founding members and multi-lateral organisations of the Global BIM Network will share updates on national BIM initiatives within their countries and regions:

  • 3 March 2021
  • 4 March 2021
  • 10 March 2021
  • 11 March 2021

The Global BIM Summit is open to all organisations and individuals who have an interest in learning more about the opportunity for digital transformation of the construction sector and its implications and benefits for infrastructure investors and the global public and private sector.