The recent report by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee highlighted a number of factors that are holding back the increased use of offsite manufacturing. One of the main obstacles identified was the entrenched fragmented approach used in construction projects. Designers, consultants, contractors and supply chains are too often kept at arm’s length…

One after the other, high profile construction projects – and many lower profile ones – announce significant budget and cost overruns. It’s become so commonplace that nobody is surprised any more. When new projects get announced how many people are mentally adding percentages to the quoted costs and timing to get to what they think…

There is a growing understanding of how offsite construction brings benefits in terms of shorter build times, lower cost and greater confidence. Even so, there are still some misconceptions. There’s still a tendency to think of offsite in terms of premanufactured ‘boxes’ that are shipped more or less complete and fitted together on site. With…

Whether it’s healthcare, education or housing, budgets for construction projects are being squeezed. At the same time demands for more capacity and faster builds are increasing. As a result, there’s a risk that those commissioning building projects are being forced to trade off the effectiveness of the building against the speed and cost of construction….

How realistic is it to think that an industry where productivity levels have stagnated for over 20 years is going to be transformed through incremental improvements? The reality is that the industry learning how to do what it currently does a bit better won’t reduce the increasing gap between requirements and build programmes or remove…

Given that productivity levels are low, that build quality is still an issue and that projects are frequently late and over budget, you would think that the construction sector and procurement bodies would be eager to embrace new methods. The reality is different. Offsite methods still contribute a very small percentage of total construction projects….

MPs on the Environment Audit Committee have raised concerns over the ability of modular homes to withstand the recent heatwave temperatures. Their thinking was that as their construction lacks thermal mass they warm up very quickly. They identify that the potential solution to this issue is to select suitable materials to create more thermally efficient…

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…