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GroupBC to provide CDE for British Land’s Canada Water masterplan

9 February 2020 | By Andrew Pring

British Land is to partner with asset information management provider GroupBC and digital transformation firm Concentre Consulting as part of plans to deliver a £3bn new town centre at Canada Water in London.

The 53-acre project, which is anticipated to take around 15 years to deliver, will see GroupBC implement its BC Enterprise+ common data environment (CDE) solution. This will create a digital twin of the entire Canada Water Masterplan as well as using enriched 3D models and mapping information. The solution’s visual map interface will situate all built assets into its surrounding environment, providing a holistic, thorough view of the entire project.

The masterplan, which Southwark Council Planning Committee recently resolved to grant planning permission for in line with their officer’s recommendation, will deliver around 2 million sq ft of workspace to accommodate around 20,000 jobs, 1 million sq ft of retail, leisure, entertainment, education and community space and around 3,000 new homes, of which 35% will be affordable.

Sanjeev Shah, partner and strategy and international development director at GroupBC, said: “This [BC Enterprise+] solution will offer British Land unlimited user licenses, enabling users to have a 360-degree view of the entire project’s assets pre-, during and post-construction, assuring quality and streamlining execution. We are delighted to be working with British Land, on what will be a momentous project that will truly make a difference to this area of south-east London.”

The CDE is aligned with BIM standards PAS 1992 and ISO 19650, and will enforce document naming conventions to assure consistency of information. Audit trails will also be retained to track the “golden thread” of accountability – a complete necessity to assure quality building design and performance, as well as information accessibility.

As well as driving efficiencies during project delivery, on handover, the system will allow British Land to monitor and maintain ongoing operations of all built assets across the Canada Water scheme.