Leading infrastructure group, Balfour Beatty has released plans to incorporate more offsite construction and modular components in order to move 25% of workload to factories
The news was announced in the company’s latest paper titled, ‘25% by 2025: Streamlined construction – seven steps to offsite and modular building.’
The decision to move more work into factories is championed by the Belfour Beatty’s chief executive, Leo Quinn who has said that the change will bring about efficiencies as well as creating more jobs for the sector.
Leo Quinn said: “On a national level, industrialised construction would lead to the creation of thousands of jobs across the country over the next few years – if we invest now.
“For everyone in construction to reap the rewards of industrialised construction the industry must increase the pace of change while the public sector and other infrastructure commissioners need to fund schemes that utilise industrialised techniques.”
The paper highlights Belfour Beatty’s commitment to reduce onsite construction by 25% by 2025 to fit in line with the Government’s 2025 strategy for lower cost, lower emissions and faster delivery of construction projects.
The company also emphasises the need to modernise the construction industry in order to drive changes more quickly, while calling for the industry to share best practice and to learn from the manufacturing sector.
The company has said that by moving more work away from the construction site, this will act as a solution that can critically improve safety, radically enhance productivity and quality but can also create new expertise with the potential to be a massive export opportunity.