Offsite construction has been around for a long time but has been pushed firmly into the spotlight as the UK races to meet an ever-growing demand for housing
Indeed, last year saw two key inquiries, published by Sir Oliver Letwin and the House of Lords Science & Technology Select Committee respectively, champion a greater role for offsite manufacturing in delivering much-needed homes faster, to a better quality and more sustainably than traditional methods.
This ebook looks at the rise of offsite and modular construction in delivering better quality buildings.
Mark Farmer, author of the landmark report Modernise or Die, which argued that embracing Modern Methods of Construction would be critical to the industry’s future, looks at the recent deal between Goldman Sachs and modular homebuilding platform Top Hat.
The level of capitalisation this brings to the table is a potential game-changer for modular and Mark examines whether the sector as a whole is ready for take-off, looking at the challenges and opportunities in everything from supply chain integration to design aesthetics and whole-life performance.
In addition, Ron Alalouff of TRADA discusses the findings of a report from the Housing Forum, Stopping Building Failures, and its recommendations for delivering better quality homes.
The report sets out 14 key points looking at how Design for Manufacture and Modern Methods of Construction, along with BIM, procurement that supports integrated teams, greater emphasis on-site inspection methods and more clarity about project team roles can contribute to defect-free building.