Outside of London, Newcastle is perhaps the place to be in the UK when it comes to Building Information Modelling and digital construction. Realising that and wishing to retain the North East’s status as a prosperous place to innovate, live and work, big names in the region have teamed up to form a new initiative.
Space Group, BIM Academy and National Building Specification may normally be viewed as competitors, yet the companies have joined forces for the greater good of their region and to encourage professionals that the North East of England is a county people should want to work in, and stay in.
Those three firms, plus IT business Dynamo North East and software experts Kykloud and Viewpoint Construction Software have teamed up to create Dynamo Build, an industry group “that aims to champion digital construction and make the [North East] area a centre of excellence”, according to The Chronicle.
The virtual team have received backing from the CIC, Constructing Excellence North East and RIBA as they understand how important the coalition could be for putting the North East on the map both nationally and internationally. With Space Group’s bimstore expansion underway after a US launch and BIM Academy working around the world, including in the #BIMANZ region, evidence is already available to see that the North East is making waves worldwide.
“At present, over 84% of all UK construction work is being carried out in London whilst the North East is generating just 0.3%, which is a shockingly low amount,” explained Rob Charlton, Chief Executive of Space Group. “Through Dynamo Build we have an opportunity to grab the building and technology space with both hands and export our knowledge and expertise globally.
“Dynamo Build is an important acknowledgement that we need to encourage more talent into the sector to maintain this leading position, not only at Space Group but the region as a whole.”
Justin Souter, Director of Dynamo North East also commented the launch of Dynamo Build. He said: “We are excited to be a catalyst for change and make the most of a hidden gem here in North East England.
“The work on Dynamo Build shows that in certain niche areas the North East has world-beating players – getting them working together will grow recognition for all of them, help establish our excellence and build jobs.
“We can also leverage this expertise into our local initiatives around the Internet of Things and smarter cities – in future we might even expect ‘BIM Cities’. It’s a time of great change, but also great opportunities.”
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