As the construction sector increasingly adopts Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA), industrialised construction and the use of digital technologies as a means to improve efficiency, sustainability and reduce energy consumption, the risk of leaving SMEs and skilled tradespeople out of the loop and subsequently negatively impacting the economy of countries is high. New business models and digital platforms that encourage and support participation are being developed.

7th July, 10.50 – 11:10 Transforming Construction Panel, 12:10 – 12:30 Breakout.
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Panel: Dr Luigi Mosca (Chair)


Luigi is a postdoctoral research fellow at Imperial College London’s “Center for Systems Engineering and Innovation". He is involved in the Transforming Construction Network Plus (N ) project. The project aims to identify transformational levers for the construction industry to improve productivity; produce new research outcomes linking digital, construction, manufacturing and energy; and engage a broad representation of organizations, including SMEs.

Prior to joining Imperial Luigi completed his PhD in Management at the University of Padova (Italy) and was a research fellow at Cass Business School, City University of London.

His research interests lie at the intersection of organisation theory and strategy. In particular, he focuses on organizational aspects of innovative business models.

Fergus Harradence (BEIS)


Fergus Harradence leads for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on sponsorship of the construction sector. Since joining the Civil Service in 2000, he has worked in a number of departments in a range of economic policy roles, including trade policy, export promotion, innovation and corporate tax. His current responsibilities include BEIS’ policies to help improve the performance of the construction sector, the Department’s contribution to the Government’s house-building ambitions, and its relationship with the Construction Leadership Council.

Sam Stacey (Innovate UK)

SamSam Stacey is Challenge Director – Transforming Construction at Innovate UK. He is leading the Transforming Construction challenge, a £170 million research and innovation investment, matched by £250 million from industry, to create new construction processes and techniques for building manufacture in the UK.

Before joining Innovate UK, Sam was Director of Innovation, Industrialisation and Business Improvement at Skanska UK.

He is a Chartered Structural Engineer with an MBA from Henley Business School and degrees in Civil Engineering, Architecture and Philosophy from Imperial College and Cambridge University.

Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation and Transforming Construction

The team has strong links with Construction Leadership Council and the Transforming Construction (TC) Challenge and is one of the universities leading the TC Network Plus.  

For outputs of the team, please see also:

Platform Thinking for Construction

Transforming Construction Research and Platforms Constructive Conversation

Transforming Construction Network Plus  

Breakout room - Transforming Construction
Moderated by Professor Rafael Sacks, Technion University
Notes by Alexander Zhou