Bryden Wood is very pleased to be a strategic partner on a new programme designed to drive innovation across major infrastructure projects in the UK – launched by Minister of State, Andrew Stephenson.

The ‘Transport Infrastructure Efficiency Strategy Living Lab’ (TIES Living Lab) is a collaboration aimed at harnessing the vast quantities of intelligence that UK infrastructure projects generate. This data can help identify modern methods of construction – boosting productivity by driving down delivery times, reducing carbon footprint and improving safety and skills for construction workers.

Over the next two years, the partnership will invest more than £16 million in new tools, processes and data systems - bringing together infrastructure and industry leaders with business and academic institutions to build on, and establish, best practice in the way we design, build and integrate innovations within transport assets.

Andrew Stephenson said: “As we begin our green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, the need to level-up our country and boost economic prosperity has only increased – and we are determined that we don’t just rebuild, we rebuild smarter.

“The Living Lab is a great opportunity for industry and academics to work together to embrace new, more productive, more efficient and more sustainable ways of delivering transport infrastructure.”

By identifying and tackling systemic issues that obstruct the innovations in construction, this first-of-its-kind programme will be a catalyst for cultural change.

More updates will follow.