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Company Updates:
Innovation, Growth, and Recognition – Glider’s Highlights of 2023

Check out our highlights from 2023

Strengthening partnerships

This year we have continued to work with established clients. These include the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), British Antarctic Survey and Deutsche Bank. With the introduction of the Building Safety Act, we’ve started working with Unite Students to support them with compliance across their £5 billion property portfolio.

We also started working with a number of asset owners to help them with digitising their built estate including DSTL, V&A, UAL, Linklaters and Kirkland & Ellis.

In October the University of the Arts London opened its doors to London College of Fashion students at the new Stratford Waterfront campus on London’s East Bank. Glider worked closely with Mace through construction to manage the rich handover information deliverables. This supports onboarding tenants securely to store and access their Asset Information Model during operation.

Our relationship with main contractors continues to go from strength to strength. We’ve supported Kier, Mace, Overbury and Lendlease on some large scale digital handover projects including 40 Leadenhall, HMP Five Wells, HMP Full Sutton and 22 Bishopsgate.

As the industry continues to mature, we are delighted to see more asset owners and building occupants take on ownership of the digital O&M information into operation.

Bringing digital twins to life

Working closely with Kier and the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), our involvement in a digital twin project for HMP Five Wells has been incredibly exciting. Since the prison opened in 2022, we’ve been working in conjunction with Kier and Future Decisions as part of a consortium. Together we are able to analyse the building information and behaviour data to identify usage trends and energy efficiencies. Early insights have identified a potential 30% saving on energy. Expect more updates on this project in early 2024!

Kier’s excellent video explains the work we did for them on the digital handover of HMP Five Wells. Check out Kier’s video here.

Investing in growth

This year was a year for growth for Glider! A seven-figure loan from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund was integral to making this happen. Since receiving the funding, we’ve been able to grow the team, invest in a new website and accelerate the development of the gliderbim® platform. We’re excited to see more results from this investment in 2024.

Industry awards

The Glider Technology team loves getting industry recognition for our work and this year we were shortlisted for several awards. We are fortunate to have won three of these which are:

These recognised our work with Mace on 40 Leadenhall. Also, our work with DIO for our role in supporting their ongoing digital transformation programme.

Another achievement for Glider was our founder, Nick Hutchinson, being recognised as ‘One to Watch’ in the LDC Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders 2023. Nick has been an inspirational leader and he is steering Glider towards a very prosperous future.

With more exciting projects coming in 2024, we’re looking forward to seeing more award-wins next year.

Bringing the industry together

As a leader in information management, we were delighted to welcome clients and affiliates to Glider Connect on 28 November. The event, which took place in Birmingham, had a packed-agenda. This included presentations from the Glider team as well as industry experts sharing their knowledge, and clients sharing project insights. The attendees demonstrated their passion for advancing our industry and embracing innovative technologies.

Looking ahead

In 2024, we are looking forward to exhibiting at industry events such as BuildingSmart, Digital Construction Week. We’re also looking forward to sharing our knowledge in more interactive live webinars. The Smart Overlay to the RIBA Plan of Work will be released in early 2024. And we can’t wait to share the insights from the HMP Five Wells digital twin project. We will also be launching some new innovative features for gliderbim® in the next few months so watch this space for more information!

Every year at Glider Technology keeps going from strength to strength!  We are proud to say that 2023 was a year of continued achievement and success. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all of our clients, affiliates, partners and the incredible Glider team for their unwavering support and contribution to our journey so far. Here’s to a promising future ahead!