There are five project partners:
The Department of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University has an excellent research record being rated 5* in the Built Environment in the last RAE. Its research in Construction Management has an international reputation and has focused not only on traditional areas of construction management but also on new ways of working and new business relationships. The department is part of the EPSRC-funded Loughborough Innovative Manufacturing and Construction Research Centre, the largest such centre in the UK. The department also has an outstanding throughput of PhD candidates with the majority of these completing within the stipulated time limit. Over 100 research associates, assistants and students are currently based in the Department.
For clients in the built environment almost every project is a prototype, and research and development is frequently required at every stage, from feasibility through detail design and manufacture to construction, and throughout the whole life and use of the facility. Arup takes many forms and responds not only to the challenges of individual projects, but also to the needs of designers and planners to explore new techniques and develop new tools, to be continually at the cutting edge of their particular discipline, as well as saving time and costs.
The Avanti programme is a partnership between Collaborating for the Built Environment (Be), the International Alliance for Interoperability (IAI) and Teamwork. The programme's public funding partner is The Department of Trade and Industry. Information technologies are now widely available to enable the construction industry to work collaboratively, but their adoption and use by the industry is still very limited. Over the next five years, this major new programme plans to support live construction project teams, as they collaborate to deliver their projects, by helping them to apply these technologies. It will work through a team of partners representing each stage of the project process.
Buro Happold's guiding principle is that good designs result from tapping the synergy between art (architecture) and engineering (the application of science in construction). It is committed to developing new technologies, techniques and services, and maintaining its position at the leading edge of design.
Symonds is one of the UK's newest and largest multidisciplinary consultancies in the design, engineering, construction, property and infrastructure markets, employing 2,800 staff in 40 UK offices, with a turnover of £160m. They offer an unrivalled scope of services to clients across all market sectors through a unique blend of professional and technical staff working together on schemes of all types and complexities.
As a progressive organisation Taylor
Woodrow Construction (TWC) is committed to investing in research and
development to enhance their customers' satisfaction and improve their own
business. TWC's R&D programme brings new and innovative thinking to our
construction projects through collaboration with Universities, Research
organisations, professional institutions and construction organisations,
across the UK and Europe. The key research areas for Taylor Woodrow are:
- Sustainability and the environment
- Collaborative working & interoperability of IT systems
- 3D project modelling
- Life cycle cost modelling
- Knowledge Management (adapted from TWC website