- Start date: 1 September 2013
- End date: 31 August 2017
- Funder: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
- Partners and collaborators: UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), University of Birmingham, Newcastle University, Professor Phil Purnell (University of Leeds), Dr Andrew Brown (University of Leeds)
- External co-investigators: Professor Andy Pike (Newcastle University), Dr, Professor Stephanie Glendinning (Newcastle University), Claire Walsh (Newcastle University), Professor John Bryson (University of Birmingham), Professor Chris Rogers (University of Birmingham)
External primary investigator
Professor Richard Dawson (Newcastle University)
i-BUILD is funded by a £3.5 million grant from the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) and the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council). The programme also benefits from £1.8 million of support from university partners, industry and government departments and agencies.
i-BUILD is a consortium of three of the UK's leading Universities:
- Newcastle University (Headquarters)
- University of Leeds
- University of Birmingham
i-BUILD is developing new business models to improve the delivery of infrastructure systems and the services they provide.
These new business models will better exploit the technical and market opportunities that emerge from the increased interdependence of modern infrastructure systems.
i-BUILD focuses on infrastructure at the scale of neighbourhoods, towns and cities where infrastructure is most dense and interdependencies between infrastructures, economies and society are most profound.
As cities, local authorities and local enterprise partnerships are given more powers for infrastructure delivery and to raise finances it is crucial to develop robust new business models to develop infrastructure related business and growth locally - to the benefit of the nation.
Publications and outputs