Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 263171
Loughborough University

Innovative Manufacturing and Construction Research Centre

Advanced Manufacturing > Construction

Innovative solutions to design, build, maintain, adapt and ultimately recycle buildings are essential for the survival of the construction sector in the 21st Century.

We need to adopt lessons from manufacturing and make construction more cost effective, with a lower carbon footprint.

Professor Alistair Gibb

Dr Thanh Lee; Dr Sungwoo Lim; Prof. Simon Austin; Prof. Tony Thorpe; Dr Richard Buswell; Mr John Webster From left to right: Dr Thanh Lee; Dr Sungwoo Lim; Prof. Simon Austin; Prof. Tony Thorpe; Dr Richard Buswell; Mr John Webster


Construction, like other engineering sectors, is undertaken by a range of professional disciplines. However, it is unique in its project-based environment involving the creation of transient multi-disciplinary teams to deliver unique products for each client.

This presents discontinuities in both the processes and product, and undermines both the quality of the final product and efficiency of delivery. The last three major UK government reports into the efficiency of the construction industry have fixed attention on the importance of new ways of working and improving the way in which project teams are assembled and operate. The recent report by Constructing Excellence shows that even after ten years of initiatives and some improvements, much remains to be done.


Cherry pickerCurrent research projects are providing innovative new construction products and processes.

Future Research Directions

Building siteThe Construction Group are leading the way in exploring step change solutions to complex design challenges and the delivery of new products.

This includes developing enhanced teambuilding through modelling and visualisation technologies and embracing the process change, which will place Loughborough at the forefront of research into innovation in construction procurement and economics.

Want to know more? Contact us

Research Group Leader: Professor Alistair Gibb
Email: a.g.gibb@lboro.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1509 223097

Department of Civil and Building Engineering
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU
United Kingdom

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