Generation4Tech: Bright young minds of construction explore how to make sector smarter, more efficient

The construction sector’s brightest young minds gather today in Leeds to explore how their generation is embracing new technologies to make the construction industry better, faster and stronger.

This year’s Generation for Change (G4C) conference, themed Generation4Tech, is being delivered in partnership with the recently launched Construction Innovation Hub, which brings together the world-class construction sector expertise of the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), BRE (Building Research Establishment) and the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) and which aims to transform the way buildings are designed, manufactured, integrated and connected within our built environment.

Generation4Tech will connect the most promising young minds in the industry to debate how data-driven technology is going to create significant and long-term productivity improvements, and how this can help to unfold transformation towards a smarter, more efficient, collaborative and diverse industry.

The event will be packed with industry led panel discussions and workshops, innovative ideas from dynamic and young professionals in the industry, tech demonstrations, and unlimited networking opportunities. With this flagship event, G4C is providing a strong platform for the younger generation to share their opinions and dive into the industry trends and transformation opportunities that will shape its future.

Constructing Excellence Co-Chair and Turner & Townsend Managing Director for UK Infrastructure, David Whysall said:

“G4C has a huge role to play in shaping the future of the industry and brings tremendous opportunities to accelerate the careers of the brightest young minds that represent our future.  We are delighted that the Construction Innovation Hub is partnering with G4C as both parties are bringing fresh ideas and new thinking that will transform the sector.”

Construction Innovation Hub programme director, Keith Waller said:

“Using technology to make the construction industry better, faster, stronger, has become more and more vital during the last years. Attracting a diverse range of young people with diverse new skills, including competencies in digital technologies, is pivotal to delivering real and lasting transformation in the construction sector.

The Construction Innovation Hub is delighted to offer its support to this event. I applaud G4C for the leadership it is showing, and we look forward to working together with the future leaders of the industry.”



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About G4C

Generation 4 Change (G4C) is the young professional voice of the UK Built Environment Industry and an integral part of Constructing Excellence. Constructing Excellence is a platform for industry improvement to deliver excellence through clients, industry and users through collaborative working.

About the Construction Innovation Hub

The Construction Innovation Hub brings together world-class expertise from the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), BRE (Building Research Establishment) and the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) to transform the UK construction industry.

With funding from UK Research and Innovation’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, we will change the way buildings and infrastructure are designed, manufactured, integrated and connected within our built environment.

We will be a catalyst for change. We will drive collaboration to develop, commercialise and promote digital and manufacturing technologies for the construction sector. Research will help us understand how the industry can progress to develop new skills, product standards, capabilities and innovative solutions. This will be combined with an academic programme to create the security-minded frameworks and rules that will underpin our future digital built environment and grow exports for UK know-how.

About the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund brings together the UK’s world-leading research with business to meet the major industrial and societal challenges of our time. It provides funding and support to UK businesses and researchers, part of the government’s £4.7 billion increase in research and development over the next 4 years. It plays a central role in the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy. It is run by UK Research and Innovation, which comprises the Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England.

About UK Research and Innovation

UK Research and Innovation is a new organisation that brings together the UK Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England into a single organisation to create the best environment for research and innovation to flourish. The vision is to ensure the UK maintains its world leading position in research and innovation.

About the MTC

The MTC (Manufacturing Technology Centre) is established to provide innovative manufacturing processes and technologies in an agile environment in partnership with industry, academia and other institutions.  The MTC houses some of the most advanced manufacturing equipment in the world, creating a high quality environment for the development and demonstration of new technologies on an industrial scale. This provides a unique opportunity for manufacturers to develop new and innovative processes and technologies.

About BRE

BRE is a world leading, multi-disciplinary, building science centre with a mission to improve buildings and infrastructure. BRE generates new knowledge through independent research and uses this to underpin the delivery of standards, testing, certification and qualifications that help to ensure buildings, homes and communities are safe, efficient, productive, sustainable and enjoyable places to be. BRE customers use the organisation’s expertise and services to deliver their social, environmental and economic goals.

About the CDBB

The CDBB (Centre for Digital Built Britain) is a partnership between the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the University of Cambridge. It seeks to understand how the construction and infrastructure sectors could use a digital approach to better design, build, operate, integrate the built environment. A digital built Britain will:

  • understand what information is needed to enable better through life economic, social and environmental value from our built environment;
  • champion human-centric design of infrastructure and the services they deliver;
  • exploit new and emerging digital construction and manufacturing skills and technology to reduce costs and increase productivity;
  • grow new career, business and export opportunities for the UK.