A consortium led by Corus has secured a record £6.5 million of EU funding for a four-year research programme aimed at improving design and manufacturing within the housing sector.
Manubuild is made up of major contractors from 10 European countries, including Taylor Woodrow Dragados of Spain,Saint-Gobain of France, NCC, of Sweden as well as research organisations from across Europe. The consortium will be adding a further £25 million into the funding pot.
Dr David Martin, head of construction research at Corus and chairman of Manubuild said the focus of be on improving both the design and manufacturing process in the construction sector. There will be 11 packages of work, which will run as demonstration projects from Scandinavia to Spain.
He said: 'This is a real opportunity here for us to work together. It will put the partners significantly ahead of competition. There are many things that UK contractors can learn from mainland Europe, and Eastern European countries such as Poland.'
'The companies taking part are saying what they want to achieve. All of them have market presence, they will be pooling their knowledge in partnerships.'
He added in the in intellectual property rights, used within each demonstration project, would be very well defined.
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