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Our mission

Our mission is to inspire, connect and empower people to improve the quality of our built environment. We recognise that the built environment shapes lives and communities and we are committed to involving all members of society as knowledgeable and active voices in determining how we construct our future.

Founded in 1931 the Building Centre was the first establishment of its kind. Ninety years later the Centre is run by the Built Environment Trust, an independent charitable organisation dedicated to inspiring and supporting knowledge and practice in the world of building.

The Building Centre showcases the best in materials and manufacturing alongside the work of leading architects and designers to inform and inspire conversations about issues, challenges and successes in the built environment. Our public programme includes a rich calendar of free exhibitions and events which invite the public into an active dialogue about the key issues surrounding the materials and processes of our built environment.

Our Product Galleries are home to over forty companies presenting products and materials to our audience. Our new Platform space hosts faster-changing exhibitions presenting cutting-edge design innovation. 

Working closely with award-winning practice Roz Barr Architects, the Building Centre’s redesign has used carefully chosen materials in innovative ways to create a space with materiality at its heart.

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