Transforming Construction Network Plus (N+)

Lead Research Organisation: University College London
Department Name: Bartlett Sch of Sustainable Construction

Abstract

The purpose of the Network Plus (N+) is to create a new community of researchers and a body of knowledge to inform future construction policy and practice. The N+ is one of the investments within the Transforming Construction Challenge (TCC), a programme supported by the UK government's Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The overall aim of these investments is to transform the way the construction and built environment sector operates. Within this, the N+ focuses on supporting research that takes a holistic approach, which means thinking of construction as a production 'system' for built assets that adds value to cities and their infrastructures. Transforming design, construction and operation of buildings is a problem that demands input from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines, which is why major, coordinated investments are being made through the TCC. Within this, the research supported through the N+ will focus on the gaps, inter-relationships and under-explored regions of this domain, spanning digital, energy, construction and manufacturing expertise, in line with the expectations of the Industrial Strategy Construction Sector Deal. The N+ will address a future in which the UK designs, constructs and operates buildings by realising the potential for integrating advanced offsite manufacturing with state-of-the-art digital design and energy generation and storage technologies. By exploring and synthesising knowledge of how people and communities experience and interact with the built environment, N+ will foster new approaches to the provision of inspiring buildings that give rise to greater user satisfaction and productivity. Our ambition is that the N+ should help transform the way buildings are designed, built, powered, managed, and used in the future. The N+ will bring academics together, with industry and policy representatives, through networking activities (such as workshops and conferences) and skills-building events. It will issue two open calls for small research projects, funding up to 20 academic-led and user-inspired projects to generate new research findings. Academics from a range of disciplines will take part and work together with users, as project partners, to develop new ideas for transforming construction. Multidisciplinary research is to be expected (i.e. researchers from different disciplines working together), but interdisciplinary enquiry will be preferred and actively encouraged (where enquiry is problem-focused, and uncoupled from disciplinary norms). The N+ will be particularly mindful of the needs of early and mid-career researchers, because supporting them helps to create a community of collaborative thinkers for the future. It will liaise with other major initiatives, such as the UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC), with its complementary brief to advance the science and engineering of the wider infrastructure and cities context. Opportunities to engage with the N+ include participation in the small projects, attendance at events (organised by the N+ and other TCC projects); web and printed media will be used to disseminate ideas, calls and project results. Those who are not involved in the small projects will still be able to access the N+ events, website, research digests, workshops and conferences. Particular effort will be made to broaden the range of disciplines that typically participate in research on the construction industry, and the N+ will support those who seek new types of engagement with users. A dedicated team of researchers will capture data from leading practice, to extend understanding of the regional innovation systems involved and conduct review that will not only lead to high-quality academic outputs, but will also be summarised in easy-to-digest summaries, with support from the N+ team.

Planned Impact

The principal and long-term impact area for the N+ lies within policy and industry practices. We anticipate potentially significant impact on future construction-related industry policy and organisational approaches as a result of WP2 and the small projects. To initiate this impact, one of the first tasks for the N+ will be to identify suitable individuals within policy-making (e.g. BEIS) and policy-informing (e.g. CPA, CIOB) institutions that can be engaged by the PI. This will be one of the tasks overseen by Construction Leadership Council member, Ann Bentley, who will chair the N+ Strategy Board. The Transforming Construction Challenge (TCC) investments and their own extensive stakeholder groups are a key target audience for the N+, including the 6-8 TCC Research Leadership recipients. Professors Whyte and Ruyssevelt will act as liaisons for the CIH and ABC respectively (T3.4, see Case for Support), and impact with this community will be a standing item on the agenda of N+ management meetings. This is a potentially large grouping (c.100-200 people), so we will ensure that we explore leverage costing for any collaborative events to extend our activities to include these investments. The N+ has a particularly important objective around community-building, so engaging and benefiting a broad range of people among academic stakeholders is key. This will be beyond construction and built environment researchers, and include management scholars, social scientists, manufacturing, and engineering. The N+ will enable them to access new collaborations and projects (WP4&5), and new (interdisciplinary) skills (via T3.2), as well as participate in international academic webinars (T2.4) and share a platform at the N+ conferences. All the small project teams will receive mentoring from an N+ investigator. Early and mid-career researchers are a particular target audience, so the N+ will use a dedicated stream in the Calls and is requesting funds to enable these academics to attend all the N+ events (60 supported places in total) if they don't have access to their own funds to do so. Timings for Calls have been set to take into account academic holidays, so that work-life balance is not affected unreasonably. All the above stakeholder groups are anticipated to benefit from the outputs from WP2 in which we digest findings and make sense of outcomes across all the N+ small projects, representatives from the user community, and the other TCC investments (e.g. ABC, CIH). The two N+ RAs will be moving amongst users and project teams throughout the duration of the N+, so will be in a good position to ensure we reach stakeholders, and engage with them effectively. Community briefings (T2.3), promoted via the KTN, will be useful to demonstrate co-production of knowledge and, with support from the UCL Communications Officer, will be sufficiently industry-oriented in their language and style to encourage circulation. Underpinning all of the above, our communications and knowledge exchange activities (WP3) are critical to ensure that all of our stakeholder groups benefit from the N+. The extensive and multi-channel communications plan is based on digital dissemination means, and 10 in-person events. Helped by the KTN, we will reach an audience of over 30k people immediately, use webinars to broadcast to potentially thousands, meet at least 500 people in person, and support 10-20 project teams. Events will be held in London, the West Midlands, Leeds and Manchester, and Call briefings will be recorded and available via the web. We will also leverage communication support from ESRC, EPSRC, and the UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC). Finally, training and advice from a specialist research impact consultancy will ensure the N+ delivers high-quality impact across the four areas identified in the Pathways to Impact, and that N+ team members are sufficiently skilled to continue applying this approach in subsequent research.
 
Title Block West by Automated Architecture and Knowle West Media Centre, 2020 
Description Short film realised during the construction of Block West for the Housing Festival in Bristol. The video showcases the direct results of the project and the impact it has had on local communities. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact This video allowed the team to demonstrate the impact of their research to local communities, who are their primary audience. This was the most relevant and appropriate format. 
URL https://youtu.be/Pbf5vqHzsgM
 
Title Block-West: Discrete Automation for community-led Housing 
Description The research team describes in this video the various steps they have taken to deliver their project and showcase the impact of this. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact The video received more than 350 views on Youtube and was widely shared on Twitter and LinkedIn. 
URL https://youtu.be/8MOek632B-c
 
Title How Spacecraft Engineers are Improving Operating Theatre Construction 
Description The N+ partnered with The B1M company to produce a series of videos introducing the work done by some of the projects we have funded. This video presents the work undertaken by Grant Mills. The video sets out to explain how the space sector could influence and help the construction sector when it comes to building new hospitals and new operating theatres specifically. It provides a unique opportunity to showcase the research done as well as the first outcomes. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact The video got a lot of traction across various social media platforms. Overall views: 52,484 Overall Impressions: 212,870 Engagement (likes and comments): 4,044 This video allowed us to reach out to a completely new audience and to convey the potential of the research funded by the N+ 
URL https://youtu.be/FYTixxXE_KM
 
Title Why Social Housing Design Must Focus on People? 
Description The N+ partnered with The B1M company to produce a series of videos introducing the work done by some of the projects we have funded. The first video presented and discussed the work done by the research team at Teesside University around user-centred design for social housing. it clearly presents the reasons behind the research and the challenge the researchers are trying to address. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact The video received a lot of tractions across a number of social media platforms. Overall views: 89,216 Overall impressions: 186,317 Engagement (likes and comments): 3,857 The video was shared more than 120 times. 
URL https://youtu.be/Z5ot0MoTiAc
 
Title Why We Need to Integrate Digital Twins? 
Description The N+ partnered with The B1M company to produce a series of videos. This video is focusing on the work conducted by Prof Sergio De Cesare around Digital Twins in construction. The video provides a very clear and simple explanation of what digital twins are, what they are used for, and it explains in detail the importance of creating a framework to integrate different digital twin models. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact Overall views across social media platforms: 22,112 Overall Impressions across social media platforms: 85,506 Engagement (comments and likes) across platforms: 977 This video has allowed us to reach out to a new audience and has triggered some interest from academics and practitioners. 
URL https://youtu.be/Cc01njLiipl
 
Title why the future of car parking matters? 
Description This video, produced in partnership with the B1M company, has a nice narrative, a relaxed pace and explains clearly the importance that car parks could play in the future. It focuses on interoperability and how car parks could make an important contribution to energy redistribution around electric vehicles. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact The video was produced in Feb 2021, so no impact have yet been recorded. 
URL https://youtu.be/F5hU6RGjOE0
 
Description Since its launch, the N+ has built up a dedicated team, a supportive Strategy Board, and developed a strong brand within the relevant academic and industry community.
It has attracted interest from academics, businesses and government representatives, and is actively supporting the Transforming Construction Challenge in addressing the biggest challenges faced by the UK construction sector. To build this community and engage with key stakeholders, the network has delivered thought-provoking events, from webinars with international and recognised experts, online constructive conversations to facilitate the industry-academia collaboration, to discovery days and annual conferences, attracting overall more than 1,200 participants across the last 24 months.

The network has also delivered four digests that contribute to inform future construction practice and policy. The first digest was created for businesses wanting to understand more about business models, and to provide a structure for exploring how their business models can be changed. The second digest focussed on the concept of platform and aims to clarify the ongoing conversation around platform thinking in construction, and organise how we consider the benefits of adopting a platform strategy. The third digest was developed to show how productivity improvements based on supply chain management used in manufacturing can be applied to improve the performance of construction. The final and fourth digest is addressing the importance of the industry-university collaboration to tackle and solve grand challenges, such as the transformation of the whole sector. These publications have been supported by the Transforming Construction Challenge and provide a unique opportunity for the community to define, clarify key concepts that the challenge is trying to address. The first three digests have been downloaded more than 2,800 times on our website and have attracted strong interests from key industry players, such as Constructing Excellence.

In addition to this, and with £1m to invest in new research projects, the N+ has organised two funding calls and has funded 13 university-led projects across the two years of the programme. The projects explore various aspects of the built environment and address several stages across the life of a construction project, from inception through operation and end of life. These collaborative projects have contributed to an exciting and emergent strand of academic thinking about how we design, build and operate buildings. Each project have contributed to the advancement of the academic knowledge in the field, using industry insights or building on other sectors' expertise. To support the dissemination of their findings and ensure the legacy of these research projects, we have actively helped the projects with their communication by identifying relevant and appropriate formats for their outputs. This led, for instance, to the production of three videos with the B1M that have recorded more than 160,000 views across various social media platforms and to the production of 4 industry reports that have been shared across the community.

As a result of all these activities, the N+ has so far engaged directly with more than 2,460 people through the mailing list, the funding calls and the events, spanning the full breadth of the construction sector. In addition to this, we have continuously grown our audience on Twitter, to reach more than 1,350 followers and we actively connect and engage with other projects of the Transforming Construction Challenge. While the network's remit is principally the UK, recent activity is attracting growing international attention, and we expect this to continue as we publish academic papers into high-impact journals.
Exploitation Route The outcomes generated by the N+ funded projects and the N+ research team have been taken forward by the community as well as the Transforming Construction Challenge partners.

Some N+ funded projects have been able to secure follow-on funding grant to continue their research. Others have engaged in an accelerator programme to explore the commercialisation and exploitation routes of their project results. Finally, some have engaged with other projects funded by the Transforming Construction Challenge to join forces and move their research towards the implementation phases.

The N+ research programme, through the publication of the digests, has been able to engage with the industry community. By redefining concepts and providing an overview of the latest academic thinking in some areas, they have allowed industry stakeholders to get a better understanding of fundamental issues and questions in the construction sector.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Construction,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Energy,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Transport

URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/construction/about-us/transforming-construction-network-plus
 
Description As part of the Transforming Construction Challenge (TCC), this project will be uploading accounts of its impacts to the dedicated, public access website, Stronger Stories (see: https://tc-catalogue.strongerstories.org/). This UKRI site is the formal place where all impact and outcomes from TCC-funded activity will be collated and maintained over the coming months and years. The N+ is in the process of uploading the narrative outcomes from the funded projects, but this has suffered some delay due to the pandemic. Where stories are already available to view on the website, they are flagged in the relevant project sections which follow this overview. The three Digests which we have published to date (#1 - Business Models; #2 - Platform Thinking; #3 Improving supply chain productivity) have been downloaded hundreds of times each by a mixed audience including those from construction industry and public sector. They have also been praised online and at industry events, by industry speakers, who have recommended them as good practice examples. As a result of the publication of the third digest, our researchers were invited to participate and present at one of Constructing Excellence Meeting. This provides some early evidence of the non-academic impact from the project. The findings of the small projects that were funded under this grant have also contributed to some non-academic impacts: As a result of the Challenging Space Frontiers in hospitals project, NHS England and the Department of Health & Social Care have stated that manufacturing-led construction offers the greatest opportunity to improve efficiency and productivity in health construction. Martin Rooney, Estates Delivery lead at NHS England and NHS Improvement, confirmed that Modern Methods of Construction should be a critical part of the NHS Health Infrastructure Plan (HIP). And with £21bn worth of major projects planned for 2020 and beyond, this is a huge step forward in the purchasing of hospital buildings to ensure they have the highest levels of quality and customisation, as well as the greatest overall cost saving. The project led by Teesside University entitled "Putting people at the heart of the future of social housing design and manufacture" has been able to produce a matrix design to support architects and house builders to identify and select the right technologies that will best support occupant and environmental outcomes. This matrix process is already being adopted by one of the biggest social housing providers in the North East, Thirteen Group. It will act as a starting point for future research projects so the developed matrix can be tested with a bigger sample and ensure user experience (UX) is drawn on, systematically, by social housing providers, architects, off-site manufacturers and the wider supply chain. The project "Utilising Innovative Methods of Data Capture for Regulatory Compliance Checking" has recently been invited to present the results of their research to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. There is clear indication that there is interest in the work and this may feed into their future regulatory recommendations. This provides early evidence of potential policy impact. In addition to this, the project team has been able to use the findings of this project to engage and support a larger piece of research led by the Construction Innovation Hub. The "Transitioning to an Automated Construction Supply Chain" project has seen one of their industry partners beginning to embed the knowledge acquired through the project, into their business consultancy practices.
First Year Of Impact 2020
Sector Construction
Impact Types Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Contributed to The Construction Playbook (Prof Jennifer Whyte) (2020)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-construction-playbook
 
Description Developed the strategy for the i3P infrastructure innovation partnership
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL https://www.i3p.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/KTN_13P_AR_Summary_v5.pdf
 
Description Membership of the Construction Leadership Council (Prof Jennifer Whyte)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL https://www.constructionleadershipcouncil.co.uk/
 
Description Membership of the Construction Leadership Council Advisory Board (Prof Jacqui Glass)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL https://www.constructionleadershipcouncil.co.uk/
 
Description AEC Production Control Room
Amount £1,620,904 (GBP)
Funding ID 106169 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2020 
End 03/2022
 
Description Co-Creating Change Growth and Replication Grant
Amount £30,000 (GBP)
Organisation Battersea Arts Centre 
Sector Multiple
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2021 
End 09/2021
 
Description New digital ecosystem to support development of 'Golden Thread' of information
Amount £500,000 (GBP)
Organisation United Kingdom Research and Innovation 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2021 
 
Description Transport Infrastructure Efficiency Strategy Living labs
Amount £7,739,777 (GBP)
Funding ID 106171 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2020 
End 07/2022
 
Description APM Midlands Industry-Academic Symposium: Project Management (PM) and Artificial Intelligence 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This focus group was organized to gain perspectives and opinions from professionals from diverse industries including automotive, aerospace, manufacturing and logistics. Perspectives on current and future application of sensors in their sectors were collected. Focus group participants were asked questions in an interactive setting to encourage discussion amongst the various individuals. The discussions generated many new ideas (particularly those from non-construction stakeholder) and provided a wealth of new information for our analysis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description ARCOM - Annual Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact ARCOM is organising each year a conference in September which gathers over 200 of the world's leading academics and researchers. Professor Jacqueline Glass, N+ Principal Investigator, presented the N+ during a keynote. Professor Jan Godsell and Professor Jennifer Whyte, N+ Co-Investigators, also delivered a keynote and mentioned the N+.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Academic Webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Organised as part of a regular seminar series the event to showcase the project. The event allowed them to gain feedback on initial findings, encourage future collaborations, and inform some members of the expert panel of the scope of project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description BPA Webinar: Connecting the Value of Parking and Mobility - what does the future hold? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The event aimed to generate a discussion on thought leadership for post COVID-19 mobility. The objective for participation was to drum up industry interest in the TransPark project. During the broadcast a lot of people engaged through the chat function and after the broadcast 4 industry people got in touch because they were interested in the project. We have added them to the data base for the project and will invite them to the workshops.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://youtu.be/_AZahmfHJ1A
 
Description Beyond Parking 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Ralitsa Hiteva was invited for a conversation with Julian O'Kelly in a BPA podcast in June 2020. This participation enabled Ralitsa to introduce the N+ Transpark Project and situate it into current key conversations within the parking industry. It also gave her the opportunity to link it to work previously conducted around car parks.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/connecting-the-value/id1509435585?i=1000485852706
 
Description Briefing Workshop in London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact After opening its first round of funding calls for Small Projects, the Transforming Construction Network Plus organised a briefing workshop in London in February. The event not only allowed the N+ to present the project, but also explain the funding call. The team explained in detail the context of the call, expectations, requirements, and then answered questions from the audience.

The event was also broadcast. Questions that were shared online, were monitored during the day so people attending remotely were not disadvantaged, and so given a fair chance to participate in the call.

Approximately 60 delegates attended the event; an additional 300 people attended through the webcast.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/construction/news/2019/mar/transforming-construction-network-plus-bri...
 
Description Briefing Workshop in Manchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact After opening its first round of funding calls for Small Projects, the Transforming Construction Network Plus organised a briefing workshop in Manchester in February. The event not only allowed the N+ to present the project, but also explain the funding call. The team explained in detail the context of the call, expectations, requirements, and then answered questions from the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/construction/news/2019/mar/transforming-construction-network-plus-bri...
 
Description Briefing webinar - Funding call 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact After announcing its second funding call, the Transforming Construction Network Plus organised a briefing webinar to explain scope, expectations and requirements of the funding and answer any queries. Questions that were shared online were monitored during webinar. 72 people watched the webinar live and 160 people viewed the video afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfjskL2BziI&t=7s
 
Description Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB); DECONT Workshop, 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The event was organised to disseminate the findings of the projects as well as capture opinions on future business models.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Constructing Excellence Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Prof Jan Godsell presented her research on how to improve construction productivity by looking at manufacturing processes that could be applied in the construction sector. This presentation was very well-received by Constructing Excellence's audience. This led to a request from HS2 representative to be involved in the research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Constructing Excellence's DECONT workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The event was organised to gather data and feedback on the future scenarios for the digitalisation of the construction industry.
The current and future level of adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies in construction, and the perceived level of perceived value of Digital Enablers within these technologies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Construction Manager: A new movement for Innovation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Jacqui Glass wrote a opinion piece for Construction Manager. She wrote that the Transforming Construction Network Plus is finding new ways of thinking, researching and collaborating.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://constructionmanagermagazine.com/new-movement-innovation/
 
Description Construction needed intensive care before the coronavirus 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Hedley Smyth published a opinion piece in Construction Manager in April 2019. He linked Covid-19, Construction and societal H&S plus Digitisation with the industry business model
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.constructionmanagermagazine.com/construction-needed-intensive-care-coronavirus/
 
Description Constructive conversations Webinar: Platforms, platform thinking and the future of building 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact he event brought together academics and industry experts to exchange ideas about platform thinking in construction. Led by N+ Research Fellow Dr Kell Jones, from University College London, the event features guests from industry and academia:
- Dr Luigi Mosca, N+ Research Fellow, Imperial College London
- Trudi Sully, Impact Director for Manufacturing, the Construction Innovation Hub
- Toby Uppington, Senior Vice President, AECOM

The theme of platforms, platform thinking and the future of construction was developed as a response to the N+ Digest on platforms in construction, and the work at the Construction Innovation Hub. The conversation explored the ideas and opportunities around of closed, semi open and open platforms and how industry can and is moving towards them. Finally, the speakers offered insights on procurement, risk management and digital approaches linked to the adoption of platforms in construction.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://youtu.be/YBLa_C6NWe4
 
Description Constructive conversations Webinar: Start with the end-to-end to mind 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The event brought together academics and industry experts to exchange ideas about the improvement of construction supply chains. The conversation was joined by Nigel Blundell, Partner at Pinsent Masons, Shaun McCarthy OBE, Director of Action Sustainability and chair of the Supply Chain Sustainability School and Elaine Mitchel-Hill, Business and Human Rights Lead at Marshalls Group and was moderated by Professor Jan Godsell, Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Strategy at WMG, University of Warwick and co-investigator of the N+.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://youtu.be/ypWfUR88l9k
 
Description Design Dialogues on Day Treatment Centres 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A one-day workshop which brought together healthcare professionals, architects, designers and researchers to question the current environment for Day Surgery in UK and create a future model of Day Surgery Care. Increased the number of collaborations (Clinical (x2) Academic (x2 - Chalmers University, TU Delft), Architects (x5), Health policy makers (x2), stronger internal UCL collaboration. Development of theatre solutions, skills and will initiate future research and funding proposals. Strengthened collaboration with existing collaborators Health Facilities Scotland and led to an invitation to join a workshop for the development of the Scottish Centre for Excellence for Reducing Infection and other Risk in the Healthcare Built Environment. Developed a new finding on the need for greater collaboration on a green theatre solution. Challenges existing approaches to design and enhanced the development of national standards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Developing consistent benchmarks to drive improved performance in construction projects Workshop 1 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The workshop was attended by 16 delegates from MACE, Turner and Townsend, Building Research Establishment, Whole Life Consultants Ltd, Transport for London, Department for Transport, University of Dundee, National Skills Academy for Rail, Heathrow and University of Leeds. The discussions and outcomes from the Workshop, in particular Group Exercise 2 have provided guidance on how best to approach the pilot studies in the subsequent weeks. It helped to identify barriers and challenges which are being faced in this project and also with regards to further projects which will follow on. The Workshop helped to strengthen relations with TfL and Turner and Townsend with whom it was hoped metric data could be examined during the pilot study phase.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Developing consistent benchmarks to drive improved performance in construction projects Workshop 2 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The workshop was attended by 25 people comprising a mix of government bodies, clients, consultants, contractors, research bodies and academia representing the Construction Innovation Hub, Building Research Establishment, Costain, Department for Transport, Faithful+Gould, Infrastructure Projects Authority, Kier Group, MACE Group, National Skills Academy for Rail, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Transport for London, Tideway, Turner and Townsend, Whole Life Consultants, University of Dundee, University of Leeds, University of West of England and UK Parliament. The main outcome of the study to date was to highlight the difference between current and future states of data collection as shown in the Figure below.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Digital Construction Week 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Jacqueline Glass, N+ Principal Investigator, presented the N+ during the session 'Transforming Construction Challenge' at the Digital Construction Week. This panel session also featured Rosemary Nunn (Chair), Founder and Managing Director of I&K, the Innovation and Knowledge Agency; Sam Stacey, Challenge Director for Transforming Construction at UK Research & Innovation; Keith Waller, Programme Director at Construction Innovation Hub; and Ahsan Khan, Director of Research and Innovation at Active Building Centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.digitalconstructionweek.com/speaker-qa-professor-jacqueline-glass-ucl/
 
Description Discovery Day - AMRC University of Sheffield 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Taking place in April, the Discovery Day demonstrated and promoted cutting-edge research at the AMRC (Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre) of the University of Sheffield. Participants had the opportunity to visit the AMRC Factory of the Future, learn about the core concepts that underpin the manufacturing discipline, consider how their expertise could contribute to the Transforming Construction Challenge.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/construction/events/2019/apr/manufacturing-and-me-transform-your-futu...
 
Description Discovery Day - University of Warwick 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Taking place in June, the Discovery Day enabled participants to experience, explore, and discuss the relevance of cutting-edge supply chain research at the WMG, University of Warwick. Participants had the opportunity to explore the WMG Battery and Connected Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) demonstrators and learn more about the core concepts that underpin supply chain management to understand how new technologies have the potential to transform construction supply chains.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/construction/events/2019/jun/discovery-day-managing-supply-chains-suc...
 
Description Future of Building Week - Bringing it all home 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact As part of the Future of Building Week organised by UKRI, the N+ produce a short blog article to present the research undertaken as part of our grant.
This blog was tweeted by Innovate UK and was shared by our partners on LinkedIn.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://aka.ukri.org/innovation/industrial-strategy-challenge-fund/transforming-construction/future-...
 
Description Future of Building Week - Listening, looking and acting with the N+ 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact As part of the Future of Building Week organised by UKRI, the research team of the N+ put together a short blog article to present the research undertaken and invite practictioners and industry representatives to get involved. The tweet had more than 2,200 impressions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://twitter.com/TCN_Plus/status/1283312606355181569
 
Description Futurebuild 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact As part of the Transforming Construction Challenge, The Transforming Construction Network Plus partners with the Active Building Centre and the Construction Innovation Hub for Futurebuild 2020. The three Transforming Construction Challenge partners were Lead Innovation partners and showcased their activities during the three days at centrally located Innovation Lounge. The Innovation Lounge offered the opportunity to meet with experts across the three organisations and find out how they could be involved.

Professor Jacqueline Glass, N+ Principal Investigator, presented the N+ during the session 'Future of the workforce: delivering MMC'. She also released the second N+ digest 'Platform Thinking for Construction' which was available at the Innovation Lounge.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/construction/news/2020/jan/transforming-construction-partners-join-fo...
 
Description Innovation Caucus - MMS Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Jacqui Glass gave a presentation for this MMS Workshop organised by the Innovation Caucus. Jacqui Glass shared her experience of running a Network Plus project and provided key input for future applicants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Let's Build Townhall 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Jacqui Glass participated in this discussion with international speakers organised by Let's Build UK. She shared her views on the transformation of the construction sector and highlighted current projects and programmes in the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description N+ Annual Conference - Creating a Movement for Change 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The Conference 'Creating a Movement for Change' was held at the Royal Society in London in September 2019, it was the first annual conference of the N+. On the day, the attendees were given the opportunity to hear from a range of speakers coming from academia, industry and government, spanning the construction, digital, energy, and manufacturing sectors. The funded projects under the N+ also presented their ongoing research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/construction/news/2019/oct/mobilising-change-construction-transformat...
 
Description N+ Annual Conference: Embracing a Movement for Change 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On September 15th, the Transforming Construction Network Plus hosted its second annual conference: Embracing a Movement for Change. In these unusual times, the event was held online and was joined by more than 200 people from around the world. Change can't happen if the whole construction sector is not working together and collaborating with other experts, so the conference gathered speakers from a broad range of backgrounds from the UK, Europe and the USA. Multiple examples, best practice stories and advice was shared, considering the challenges that we need to face collectively, and there were energetic debates during the panel discussions. On screen, over 200 attendees participated through the day, raising questions and concerns, and tackling some of the most important questions faced by the construction sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/construction/news/2020/oct/embracing-movement-change-its-still-time-t...
 
Description Parking as an agent for change 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Kat Lovell and Dr Ralitsa Hiteva published in Parking News Magazine an article to convey key messages from the project to the parking industry through a platform they engage with on a regular basis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL http://portfolio.cpl.co.uk/Parking-News/404/34/
 
Description Participation at UK Construction Week 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Networking to raise awareness about the DECONT project. Attending the event has brought collaborators and participants for data collection. Skanska has expressed an interest to host focus group discussion with their staff. The researcher engaged and emailed 25 persons whom he met, with interview questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation at Digital Construction Week 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The research team participated in this event to raise awareness about DECONT project and to develop collaborations/network/contacts for data collection (interviews, focus groups, workshops). Sixteen individuals were interviewed during two-day event. All the individuals interviewed were included in their special interest group for further collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation at National Trade Show 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Grant Mills delivered a presentation. The objective was to reach out to multiple sections of the construction industry (incl.build, building tech, civils, energy & HVAC, surface & materials and timber). Increased contact with existing N+ contacts (e.g. Loughborough University, MTC, Elliott, Blacc and McAvoy). Increased offsite manufacture collaborators (x1) and design for manufacture (x2), increased case study access. Stimulated MTC - SEISMIC II proposal initiation. This activity has subsequently led to a new NIHR proposal that is advancing the platform for modern hospital manufacture.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description The power of partnership 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Kejia Yang and Dr Ralitsa Hiteva published an article in Parking News magazine in December 2020 to convey key messages from the project to the parking industry through a platform they engage with on a regular basis
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://portfolio.cpl.co.uk/Parking-News/403/40/
 
Description UK Construction Week 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Jacqueline Glass, N+ Principal Investigator, took part of the session 'Construction Innovation: Delivering smarter, greener and more efficient buildings' at the UK Construction Week. During her presentation, she presented the N+ and announced the first N+ Digest: 'Changing Business Models: Implications for Construction'.
The session also featured Dr Martin Ganley, Director, Smart Homes & Buildings at BRE, Kevin Reeves , Director of IoT & Digital Twin at Costain, Julie Alexander , Director of Technology and Innovation at Places for People and Matt Gough , Director of Innovation at Mace.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ukconstructionweek.com/seminar-programme-2019/construction-innovation-delivering-smarter...
 
Description Webinar - Rethinking the business model for offsite construction 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Taking place in May, the webinar explored how new business models for modern methods of construction are emerging throughout the world. It featured Associate Professor Daniel Hall from ETH Zurich and Dr Wei Pan from The University of Hong Kong. This event was watched by 85 attendees and has since been viewed by more than 350 people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/construction/news/2019/jun/transforming-construction-network-plus-web...
 
Description Webinar - The business of industrial transformation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Taking place in October, the webinar considered the management and organisational aspects of the business of industrial transformation. It featured Dr Sam MacAulay from The University of Technology Sydney and Dr Lena Bygballe from BI Business School in Norway. The event was watched by 45 attendees and has since been viewed by 80 people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/construction/news/2019/oct/transforming-construction-network-plus-web...
 
Description Webinar: regulatory compliance-checking 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The event was very successful. The primary output was increasing the awareness and dissemination of the work of the project. This has been successful as since then several queries and requests have been received.

A second objective was to utilise the webinar as a means of validating elements of our work. In this sense too this was very successful and valuable feedback was received.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020