The Role of Innovation in Driving our Economic Recovery

19 Mar
Friday 19th March 2021


To deliver its mission, the Hub works closely with both government and industry and already CE and its members are actively engaged on Hub outputs such as the Value Toolkit. As the Hub's programme begins to transition from its R&D phase into wider deployment, there are growing opportunities to embed new digital tools, processes and solutions that can help transform the performance of the sector and support broader ambitions around levelling-up and driving a path to Net Zero. The Hub is also part of the reformed CLC and is integrated with - and integral to - multiple streams of the industry recovery plan.

Following the Budget delivered by Rishi Sunak on 3rd March, the work of the Hub supporting the Plan for Growth will only increase as government seeks to boost productivity, drive new digital tools and modern methods of construction. With greater focus on regional development and regeneration, CE's regional networks have and important role to play in driving growth and supporting the much needed transformation of the sector.


Keith Waller is the Construction Innovation Hub’s Programme Director.  A Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Keith has been involved in construction and infrastructure projects for over 30 years, leading many major projects in both the UK and overseas. 

In 2010, Keith was seconded into government with Infrastructure UK (the predecessor to the Infrastructure and Projects Authority). A keen advocate of driving innovative and productive solutions, his work in government led to the publication of the UK’s first National Infrastructure Plan, Infrastructure Carbon Review, the development of the Infrastructure Cost Review and the IPA’s Transforming Infrastructure Performance programme, published in 2017. 

In addition to his Hub role, Keith is a member of the Construction Leadership Council, chairing the Manufacturing and Performance work stream.