The UK Research & Innovation Council (UKRI) has thrown its weight behind the ACE Future of Consultancy campaign, with a pledge to sponsor the project.
The two-year multi-phased campaign will help the entire consultancy and engineering sector not only adapt to, but welcome, a new era of design and delivery in the built environment.
Working in partnership with members, industry stakeholders and clients from the private and public sectors, the Future of Consultancy will deliver tangible outputs in training, contracts and industrial processes to help ACE members and the wider industry seize the opportunities offered by technological advances in digital technology, offsite construction, big data and AI.
Hannah Vickers, Chief Executive of ACE said: “We are delighted that UKRI has recognised not only the benefits this campaign will have in terms of helping consultancy firms invest wisely and have the best effect on the future of the sector, but also the value in aligning the clients’ efforts and wider Transforming Construction Programme behind the areas of greatest opportunity.
“Our ambitions are to go further than this, with our own strategy to make it relevant and joined up with other parts of the industry. We have already started making progress by holding a manufacturing workshop, jointly with CECA, to help us understand the challenges and opportunities the contractors saw for clients through offsite manufacturing.”