The construction sector needs to improve productivity and build faster. It’s widely recognised that offsite construction can deliver the step change in performance that is needed. Yet, as the recently published House of Lords report identifies, the pace of change within the industry is still a problem. Part of the reason seems to be the…

The targets for creating new homes in the UK are well known. We also know that 300,000 new homes a year is something the UK hasn’t achieved since the 1960s. And in those days, we didn’t have an ageing workforce or the threat of a drain on skilled labour that could flow from Brexit. How…

The House of Lords report, published in July, highlights the many structural issues preventing the wider adoption of offsite by the industry. Many of these have evolved on the back of traditional methods of construction. Meanwhile, we have a shortfall in homes, schools and other infrastructure requirements. The shortfall compounds the social cost of under-provision…

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee launched an inquiry in March 2018 to examine the case for greater use of offsite construction. Advanced construction techniques being examined by an ancient institution in a historic building makes for an interesting contrast. But the outcome of the inquiry should help advance the cause of more…

More sustainable construction is what everyone wants, from government policy to procurement bodies to society at large. But how often is this aspiration rather than reality? To be meaningful and manageable, surely sustainability improvements have to be measurable. Two key sustainability challenges for construction are waste (collectively, we are a very wasteful industry) and the…

Light is an essential part of how we experience a space. The Interior of a building with plenty of natural light feels calmer, more pleasant to be in, more natural if you like. Natural light helps us to maintain a healthy sleep/wake cycle. An abundance of natural light has been linked in studies to increased…

Greater efficiency, savings in time and cost – these are well understood and documented benefits of offsite construction. But what pictureis conjured up in people’s minds when they think about buildings that are made in a factory? If the image is one of uninspiring, cookie cutter designs that are easy to build but not easy…

BIM has proved its worth across a wide range of construction programmes. Much of the focus has been on ensuring that projects leave a legacy of accurate and detailed as built data, available through common standards like COBie. This brings major benefits for communication, planning and future maintenance. With offsite construction BIM needs to be…