The threat of disruption is what keeps the C-Suite in most businesses awake at night. The anxiety that a competitor with a leaner, digitally-transformed business model will come along to steal their business is all too real a prospect. In a sector like construction that has struggled to improve productivity levels in line with other…

For care home providers looking to expand their facilities to meet growing demand, efficiency is everything. Margins are slim so most providers are looking for the following: Rapid build times to bring facilities into use quickly. Guaranteed low build costs. Low costs for maintenance and heating. KPMG carried out a major study to assess the…

How many organisations and people are involved in a traditional building project? In addition to the designer and main contractor there will be a range of other organisations for groundworks, blockwork, carpentry, plastering, M & E and roofing. There are many links in the chain and each one adds another layer of risk and another…

The physical building cost is just one element in the overall business case for a construction project. Using a whole life costing model can lead to completely different decisions about how projects should be executed. In many ways the whole life costing model makes an even stronger case for using panelised offsite construction such as…

The construction industry faces challenges like never before. The demand for new housing, healthcare facilities and schools is increasing faster than we are currently able to meet. Budgets are also becoming tighter. To achieve greater outputs without a proportionally greater cost you have to improve productivity. Traditional construction is a mature industry. It’s unlikely that…

The title of this piece isn’t a rhetorical question. It’s a significant and very real issue for care home providers who want to invest in new or expanded care home capacity. It’s a real issue because every unnecessary day in the build schedule is another day when the facility earns no revenue. It’s probably also…

Offsite and modern methods of construction are attracting increasing attention as the industry looks to improve its performance on budget, timing and environmental impact. But are all offsite methods equal when it comes to delivering these benefits? The scope of offsite techniques is quite broad as we outlined in this recent article. Of all the…

Care home providers face a dilemma. On the one hand, there is a guaranteed growth in demand for the services they provide; it has been estimated that by 2026 an additional 14,000 care home places will be needed each year. On the other hand, tightening budgets make margins very tight. Financial sustainability is often on…