Building Construction’s Digital Future
Working with local and regional colleges – Cheshire College South & West, Reaseheath College, Warrington & Vale Royal College and UTC Warrington, the ACT will drive collaboration between colleges and employers to develop, commercialise and promote digital technologies and skills training for construction, nuclear and allied industries.
The ACT will aim to assist the construction industry to build high-quality, smart, green and efficient building infrastructures, faster, cheaper and more sustainably than ever before.
As part of the project, we will receive specialist equipment to develop into a ‘centre of excellence’ for advanced construction, digital and manufacturing skills. The specialist equipment will be used to upskill both prospective employees (our learners) as well as current employees, and will enable us to deliver bespoke technical skills training, apprenticeships, professional and technical qualifications.
The project will be centred on developing BIM, Solid Works, Auto Cad, Tekla and other digitalised systems to support growth in the construction, nuclear and allied industries and the need for digitally-skilled structural engineers and surveyors based with large employers.
The project will support the practical and commercial challenges faced by construction companies and support them to adopt digital and automated/ robotic construction techniques at pace, for example, augmented and virtual reality, digital scanning of land and mass production through digital routers.
The target is to build 127,000 additional homes by 2040, with planned development including £1 billion in non-housing construction and £753 million in new housing. Each local authority has ambitious targets to meet to deliver affordable housing to enable communities to grow and prosper. Digitalised building techniques will assist in the delivery of greater number of affordable homes, with reduced costs per unit as well as potential benefits from wider engagement with local suppliers who have been able to upskill through the ACT.
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