People with a traditional view of how the construction industry works often miss an important point when it comes to offsite panelised construction. It isn’t simply a case of using different materials and slightly different methods to create buildings as we always have done. The process and approach are fundamentally different. Panelised offsite construction is…

If the care home sector were an elastic band we’d currently be seeing it pulled extremely tight. Some might say almost to snapping point. Tugging on one end we have tightening budgets and funding restrictions that make it hard to run a sustainable care home operation, staffed by loyal and motivated professionals. At the other…

We all respond to our environment. Our state of mind sitting in quiet solitude on top of a mountain will be quite different from being surrounded by the hustle and bustle of a busy city centre. Environment affects how we act and how we think. Also, according to research published by the University of Salford,…

We know that significant numbers of new school places will be needed in the next few years. What we cannot predict with certainty is exactly where all of these places will be needed or exactly when. What we know for sure is that land for school building programmes is in increasingly short supply. Flexibility and…

Just over 3% of the construction workforce can expect to suffer a reportable work related injury each year. In 2015/16 there were 43 fatalities. While there have been some improvements in the statistics over the years it’s hard to avoid the question: ‘Is this the best we can do?’ No serious accident should ever be…

According to a McKinsey study, productivity in manufacturing has nearly doubled since 1995. In construction it has remained stubbornly flat. Their analysis was based on data from Western Europe and the USA. They cite a number of reasons why construction seems unable to up its game compared to other sectors. These include: Poor organisation. Inadequate…

While the advantages of offsite construction methods are becoming better understood, their use in the UK continues to lag behind other parts of the world. Offsite still accounts for only a small percentage of UK construction output. One reason for this may be that the term ‘offsite’ covers a range of very different technologies and…

If you spoke to somebody from a manufacturing business they would probably struggle to understand much of what happens in construction. After all, they come from a world of lean manufacturing, just in time delivery, high productivity and minimal waste. These have been their realities for decades as businesses strive for every last ounce of…