The Construction Innovation Hub (the Hub) recently launched an open call for the Platform Design Programme. The Hub wants to encourage businesses to get involved in the largest ever Government-backed R&D programme in the sector.
Businesses which respond with either their technology, product or service, if selected can go forward to join the collaborative development team. This team will be responsible for design, manufacture, test and assembly of a next generation, proof-of-concept building delivered using a Platform Design for Manufacture & Assembly (P-DfMA) approach.
The building design will be aligned to the new-build requirements of UK government departments and be capable of delivering a range of building types from a standardised kit of parts.
The development of the Platform depends on businesses working together to generate new ideas, designs or even processes. The Trussed Rafter industry is very adaptable and forward thinking and that is why the TRA believes this could be a good opportunity for members. It might be a case of a number of members working together to achieve this, but it would have benefits for both the businesses and the sector as a whole.
If successful applicants will get detailed support from world-class manufacturing, performance and digital experts from across the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), the BRE (Building Research Establishment) and the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) to develop and refine their products, technologies or services.
Interested members can find out more here.