Prefabricated volumetric sector to grow by 14% in next four years

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The prefabricated volumetric building systems market is expected to grow by 14% from 2020-2024, according to the latest report by AMA Research

The ‘Prefabricated Volumetric Building Systems Market Report’ reveals that the largest market for volumetric products is temporary accommodation on construction sites, industrial sites and event hire which is worth around £350-380m annually.

Over the next few years, it is expected that an increasing number of public sector procurement frameworks which include several key modular building contractors, and an increasing use of Building Information Modelling (BIM), will contribute to this growth.

There is also now a strong likelihood of an increase in the use of volumetric building systems  and other types of offsite construction methods to help meet the ongoing housing shortage and cope with the lack of traditional construction skills within the construction industry.

Alex Blagden, editor at AMA Research, said: “The outlook for the volumetric building systems market remains difficult to predict given the lack of published data in this sector and the continued uncertainty, not only the construction sector but also the wider UK economy.

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“Steady growth in this market is expected over the next few years to 2024, underpinned by the increasing use of offsite construction methods to help meet the chronic housing shortage and cope with the lack of traditional construction skills.”

Healthcare sector demand

Healthcare is a key area of use for volumetric building systems, used for applications such as temporary and permanent wards, operating theatres, radiography/X Ray units, etc. Health sector output is currently forecast to stabilise at around £2.5bn in 2019-20.

However, there is likely to be some short-term emergency investment to cope with the additional strain on the service because of Covid-19. This may also further highlight the under investment in the health sector over the last 10 years and support longer term investment and development programmes.

In the short term, demand will be impacted by the Covid-19 restrictions, resulting in potential delays to some projects, but conversely, some short-term demand from the health and possibly the grocery sector to expand capacity.

The longer-term outlook for the volumetric sector is more positive.

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