The University Centre for Building Production Foundation was established on 1 February 1991. It is a joint venture of 12 renowned Dutch companies and the Eindhoven University of Technology. The establishment of a new department in the Faculty of Building and Architecture, namely that of Production and Construction, with which the centre will be associated, means that a concerted research effort can be provided under a single governing board. As a result, sufficient attention can be paid to research procedures and good management, while company researchers can also be involved. Accordingly, issues will be raised ensuing directly from practice, which will greatly enhance the social value of scientific research.