Full day event aims to explore innovation in the Offsite Construction Sector

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9.30am – 1pm  we have a BuildOffSite event on Offsite Processes

4th July 2019 , The University of Birmingham, Conference Room at Birmingham Research Park, Vincent Drive, B15 2SQ.

By now we all understand the clear and obvious benefits that offsite solutions can bring, however, does the market understand the PROCESS that you must follow in order to maximise project efficiency and gain those benefits? This event will explore the disparate process required to successfully enable an offsite project, and highlight whether the industry is aligned when it comes to a clear process for Offsite projects.

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2pm – 5pm the ARLI Workshop & ‘Smart Buildings’ Dragons Den Competition

4th July 2019 , The University of Birmingham , Conference Room at Birmingham Research Park, Vincent Drive, B15 2SQ.

Join us for an exciting ARLI workshop run to support businesses in developing cost-effective products and processes for construction, which provide energy-efficiency gains in the use of raw and waste materials. ARLI is an ERDF-funded initiative, it brings together a team of experienced academics and engineers. The ARLI project aims to identify waste streams, or other materials that could be transformed into higher value goods for construction and other manufacturing industry applications. The project also looks at process improvements to aid low-carbon production of materials.

To submit your interest to attend, please register here.

‘Smart Buildings’ Dragons Den Competition

We are looking for new ideas and solutions to help us build the next generation ‘smart building’.

Context for competition

This year has been an extraordinary one for the University of Birmingham and we have witnessed one of the most ambitious redevelopments of our campus in a generation. (For more information click here).

Through our extensive investments in student and research facilities we are developing inspiring spaces that continue to meet the needs of our students and academics, fostering a spirit of intellectual enquiry, creativity and innovation.

That said the way future students interact and derive value from our University is changing.

By 2026, the students enrolling at the University of Birmingham will be younger than the iPhone and these will be students that have never experienced a world without technology and its constant connectivity to Wifi or 4G. Their experience and interactions will be much more digital and technology dependant and the built-environment has a vital role to play in fulfilling their future needs and expectations. So what might our buildings look like in 2026 and how do we create a ‘truly smart building’?

We want to hear from you if you have an idea or a solution that could help us deliver the ‘smart building’ of the future.

We’re particularly interested in:

  • Developing our buildings and campus as a learning tool
  • Sustainable methods of construction
  • Improving building performance and operational efficiency
  • Enhancing user comfort
  • Creating a seamless experience for ultra-convenience
  • Digital technologies that could enhance the teaching and learning experience

This is intended to be an engaging and interactive workshop designed to showcase either, planned or current, cutting edge innovation through a ‘Dragon’s Den Styled Pitch’.

The dragons will include representatives from the University of Birmingham together with Buildoffsite, Willmott Dixon and (other Higher Education leaders tbc).

To submit your interest to attend, please register here.

To enter the Dragons Den write a short summary for your idea (maximum 200 words) to [email protected].


Date: 4 July 2019

Time: 2pm – 5pm

Organiser: The University of Birmingham – ARLI

Venue: The University of Birmingham’s Conference Centre, Edgbaston Park Hotel, Birmingham.

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