The Transforming Construction Network Plus
The Transforming Construction Network Plus (N+) mobilises a new movement in the construction community, bringing together experts from a range of disciplines to tackle the most pressing problems across the digital, energy, construction, and manufacturing space.
The vision for the N+ is to deliver transformational impact by adopting an integrated approach, situating construction as a production system for built assets that adds value to cities and their infrastructures.
Since the launch of the programme in November 2018, the N+ has engaged directly with more than 2,300 people, uniting academic researchers with industry and policy representatives through networking and skills-building events. The N+ also provides funding for research projects aiming to address some of the biggest problems currently facing the construction industry.
The aim of the N+ is to provoke, enable and amplify innovation, through four main objectives:
- Knowledge: to inform new research and development (R&D) models and government policy that link digital, construction, manufacturing and energy to improve productivity
- Community building: to advance collaborations through knowledge exchange and debate, beyond what is currently possible
- Business models: to produce user-informed, practical resources that accelerate pathways to manufacture and delivery
- Investment and legacy: to de-risk and increase construction sector business R&D spend and enable new R&D collaborations that outlive the grant
The N+ is one of the investments in the Transforming Construction Challenge - the UK government’s challenge to the construction industry and research communities to make buildings more affordable, efficient, safer and healthier. The N+ is a joint project between The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment, Imperial College London and WMG, University of Warwick. Find out more about the N+ team.