Connected Autonomous Plant to 2035

The Connected and Autonomous Plant (CAP) roadmap will revolutionise construction safety and bring productivity gains of £200 billion if adopted by 2040.

About the roadmap

Together with i3P, Highways England led the development of a roadmap for the implementation of automation in construction. This was a collaborative project which drew on expertise from clients, academia, industry, and government to create the roadmap.

Stakeholders shared in the development of the vision and explored how challenges in technology, standards, legal and commercial constraints can be overcome.

Introducing CAP into the construction industry will bring about significant positive disruption across all aspects of the industry, with estimations that CAP technologies could deliver a 20-25% improvement to construction productivity.


CAP Roadmap Report – sets out the roadmap and the stakeholder consultation

Interactive CAP Roadmap – SharpCloud interactive roadmap that will grow and develop over time

CAP launch webinar – recording of the live webinar held on 12 June, featuring i3P chair and HS2 CEO, Mark Thurston; TRL CEO Paul Campion and Highways England Commercial & Procurement Executive Director, Malcolm Dare. Access the webinar recording.


This roadmap has been developed to be a living document which evolves alongside the industry as it develops and adopts CAP throughout its activities. Highways England and i3P welcome any feedback you may have on the roadmap content or on activities you may be undertaking which contribute to the implementation of particular workstreams. To provide feedback please e-mail: