The Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) is a partnership between the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the University of Cambridge. Established in 2017, it brings together industry, academia and policymakers to further the digital agenda in the UK’s construction sector and investigate its long-term effects on society and the economy.
CDBB’s aim to support and develop a smart digital strategy within the built environment echoes the government’s commitment to transform the construction industry through the adoption of digital ways of working. These will deeply transform the way the industry plans, constructs, operates and maintains built assets.
CDBB is a member of the Construction Innovation Hub, alongside the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), and we collaborate with other partners in the Transforming Construction Sector Deal. It is also home to a number of UK government programmes including the UK BIM Programme, National Digital Twin Programme and parts of the Global Infrastructure Programme.
The Centre funds research and supports multiple initiatives, collaborating with a variety of partners and several working groups at national and regional level.
Alongside BSI and the UK BIM Alliance, CDBB is also a partner of the UK BIM Framework, which offers the construction industry and public clients resources and guidance to implement BIM in the UK.