Carillion joins key players as Innovation Lab enters next phase

Carillion has joined Canary Wharf Group, Land Securities and Marks & Spencer as a lead partner on the UK Green Building Council’s (UK-GBC) Innovation Lab, delivered in collaboration with Switch On Worldwide.

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The international provider of integrated support services completes the core team of Gold Leaf members on UK-GBC’s ground-breaking programme of open innovation, established to identify systemic challenges in the built environment, and then solve them through collaborative and sustainable innovation.

The series of workshops between lead partners and guest participants has been progressing since December and has already conducted a detailed review of current ‘pain points’ for businesses and an analysis of future trends.

Through the review of emerging trends, existing innovations, and business pain points, the team decided to focus initially on one key question – How do we make space as agile as technology?

By exploring the theme further, three ‘breakthrough challenges’ were identified, which will form the focus of their innovation activities.

Space on demand - Users want access to cost effective, healthy and productive workspace. Large occupiers can’t accurately anticipate their future needs, and are ending up with under-utilised, ineffective space. How can we connect building users with the space they need at the time they need it?

Space for individuals - Progressive employers are looking to attract and retain the best talent.  People want to work in spaces that promote health and stimulate creativity, but this means different things to different people.  How can we deliver space that enhances creativity and productivity, whilst flexibly responding to individuals’ preferences?

Space that learns - Customers want to use building usage data to deliver space that anticipates and responds to changing occupant demands. How can we develop a model where buildings learn and adapt in real-time to create agile, user-centred and productive workspaces?

Cat Hirst, Head of Learning and Innovation at UK-GBC said:

“The open innovation format of UK-GBC’s Innovation Lab sets a precedent for collaboration in the built environment. Using our unique position to convene organisations from across the built environment, we have been able to harness the collective intelligence from key professionals to analyse and address the issues that affect our industry.

“The Innovation Lab is already generating some important insights that will go on to inform the innovation process as the participants begin to target issues that require a radical approach to innovation.  What’s clear is that these industry wide issues need to be tackled in collaboration, and cannot be solved as effectively by a single organisation.”

UK-GBC will shortly be putting a call out to its membership for embryonic innovations that may be able to address the challenges the group has identified. Existing innovation networks will also be invited to submit innovations, to extend the project’s reach to consider perspectives from beyond the built environment.


About UK-GBC

UK-GBC is a charity and an industry-led network with a mission to radically improve the sustainability of the built environment.

With over 400 member organisations spanning the entire value chain, we represent the voice of the industry’s current and future leaders striving for transformational change.

We inspire, challenge and empower our members, helping them to identify and adopt the most sustainable, viable solutions.

We also engage our members in advocating a progressive message to government, informing and influencing green building policy.

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Published: 05/04/2017

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