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The latest news and views from the world of Off Site Construction, brought to you by OSC Advice Ltd's Managing Director, David Johnson.
September 9, 2018
Peers Push for Off-site Manufacturing
Out-dated and unsustainable business models are hampering the take-up of off-site manufacturing in the construction industry, thwarting the government’s ambition to build 300,000 homes a year by 2020, according to a new report from the House of Lords Science & Technology committee.
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September 9, 2018
One of the Highest Light Steel Frame Structures in Europe
A light steel frame solution from Kingspan Steel Building Solution has significantly reduced the construction programme and enhanced the buildability of this high quality student accommodation inNewcastle city centre.
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September 9, 2018
Manchester and ISG Back Modern Methods of Construction
Manchester has been one of the most popular destinations for young people in recent years, but the influx of newcomers has put the city council on the back foot as it strives to meet local needs. One area where the authority is seeing its resources stretched is in the provision of school places. To tackle this, the council has launched an ambitious programme through which main contractor ISG will deliver a raft of new schools and extended early learning facilities using Yorkshire-based offsite specialist Premier Modular.
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September 9, 2018
Housing Construction Cost Comparison
Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) the independent construction and property consultants have carried out a cost comparison between timber frame and masonry construction in affordable housing. The conclusion was that it is both cheaper and quicker to use offsite.
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September 9, 2018
Countryside to Build Modular Factory
Housebuilder Countryside will invest £6m in a new timber frame factory in Warrington which is expected to build around 1,500 homes a year. It signed a deal to acquire a site for the factory in May. Modular construction methods are increasingly being used by UK housebuilders to speed up the delivery of new homes, as the main bulk of construction can be done in factories and then the component parts delivered to sites.
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September 9, 2018
Berkeley Homes Start Modular Factory Build in June
Berkeley Homes announced in December last year that it had secured a 160,000 sq ft site in Gravesham for the facility,allowing it to make the transition towards offsite construction. Berkeley appointed contractor Readie Construction to build the factory in Maythis year. Completion of the shell and core of the building is expected inMarch next year, while production is due to start by spring 2020.
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September 9, 2018
Balfour Beatty Plans to Increase its Use of Offsite Construction
Balfour Beatty’s latest policy paper is called “25% by 2025:Streamlined construction - seven steps to offsite and modular building”. Chief executive Leo Quinn argues that while a shift to offsite construction would create efficiencies, it would also create more jobs overall.
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September 9, 2018
A New Way of Thinking About Housebuilding
It’s time to change perceptions of modern methods of construction, says Brian Ham, Executive Director of Development at Home Group, that is working with several partners to test, monitor and compare a range of offsite methods as part of a live research project in Gateshead. In the last 20-30 years, technology, cars and phones have all advanced dramatically. But houses still look pretty much the same and are still built in pretty much the same way. But if we keep doing things in exactly the same way I’m doubtful that we’ll meet the government’s target of building 300,000 homes – which many people believe is already an underestimate in terms of what we need to tackle the housing crisis.
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April 10, 2018
Urban Splash buys SIG Offsite Modular Business
Building materials distribution giant SIG has sold its modular offsite construction business for £1 to regeneration specialist Urban Splash Modular.
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April 10, 2018
Laing O'Rourke to Build 550 New Offsite Homes in Southall
Laing O’Rourke has signed an arrangement with developer Stanhope and housing association Network Homes involving a £200 million investment to transform a former industrial area in Southall, West London which will see the construction of 550 new homes.
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April 8, 2018
New Homebuilding Factories in Yorkshire
Yorkshire is at the forefront of a factory-built homes revolution. The first properties off the production line at the Ilke Homes factory, near Knaresborough, are now open to view. Over in Leeds, CITU is busy creating components for contemporary houses and apartments for its Climate Innovation District development on the edge of Leeds city centre and Legal & General has built a 550,000 sq. ft modular housing factory in Sherburn in Elmet.
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April 8, 2018
Elements Europe to Build 21-Storey Residential Tower in Croydon
London mayor Sadiq Khan has given the go ahead for a 21-storey residential tower planned in south London that will use trailblazing offiste building techniques. The 153-apartment scheme on Addiscombe Road in Croydon, a stone’s throw from Richard Seifert’s 24-storey NLA Tower, known locally as the 50p building because of its resemblance to the shape of the coin, will be one of the tallest of its kind and feature up to 100% affordable housing.
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April 8, 2018
Modular Homes Factory Established in Liverpool
A modular homes manufacturer has launched what is understood to be the first modular construction factory in the North West, leasing a 70,000 sq ft warehouse on Triumph Business Park in Speke.
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April 8, 2018
Is Cross Laminated Timber Coming of Age?
The world is waking up to the speed, quality and environmental benefits of cross-laminated timber, but what are the limitations and is it really an alternative to concrete or steel? When cross-laminated timber (CLT) first hit the UK scene, back in 2003, it was a little-known, niche material – but its environmental credentials and rapid speed of erection soon grabbed the headlines. But it wasn’t until around five years ago that engineered timber really started to take hold and, thanks in part to falling prices, it has now become a vital component in shaping our cities.
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April 8, 2018
An 8,700m2 Permanent School Built in Less than Twelve Months
Global Academy approached Portakabin to engineer and build a new permanent 8,700m2 school within a year, which by 2020 would teach over 800 students every year. The building was designed in partnership with architects Surface to Air.
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February 14, 2018
South London Borough Plans First Modular Social Rent Development
Lewisham Homes, the housing management arm of Lewisham Council, has received planning permission for a 25-home development which will be its first modular cross-laminated timber development.
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February 14, 2018
MTX Hand Over a Modular Outpatients Department to Derriford Hospital
MTX have completed and handed over a modular Outpatients Department with X-Ray Facilities to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.
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February 14, 2018
How to Solve the Housing Shortage
Modular off-site construction methods hold potential to solve the UK's crippling housing shortage, according to a report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME).
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February 14, 2018
McAvoy Completes School 17 Weeks Early
Modular specialist McAvoy has completed work on the £20m Lynch Hill Enterprise Academy in Slough 17 weeks ahead of schedule in only 53 weeks.
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February 14, 2018
Berkeley's Modular Homes Factory to be Built
Berkeley Group has won planning approval for its new modular housing factory in Ebbsfleet, Kent.
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December 16, 2017
The UK’s Largest Temporary Housing Scheme Built Using OffSite Techniques
The UK’s largest temporary accommodation scheme has opened in London, using offsite techniques to provide homes for 290 people over the Christmas holidays. Meath Court, in Acton’s Hope Gardens, is a 60-apartment development comprising homes made up of a kit of moveable and reusable parts of UK-produced shipping containers.
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December 16, 2017
Heathrow Airport Expansion Drives Growth in Off Site Construction
Heathrow plans to use its £16bn expansion to drive growth in off-site construction across the UK. The new logistics hubs will pre-assemble components of the expanded airport before transporting them in consolidated loads to Heathrow. One of the benefits is seen as spreading the jobs created by the project across more communities.
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December 16, 2017
Crossrail Custom House Station: A Kit-of-Parts
The Custom House station in East London will be unique and the design and build will make use of offsite manufacture which requires fewer deliveries and vehicle movements around the site, reducing traffic, noise and effects on air quality. By shifting construction activity from site to the factory working conditions are improved and health and safety risks reduced. The more controlled conditions of the factory also ensure more consistent and higher-quality production.
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December 16, 2017
Arcadis and Caledonian Modular Sign a Partnership Agreement which will Increase Housing Delivery
Arcadis and offsite construction specialist Caledonian have signed a collaborative partnership agreement. Focusing specifically on the residential sector, Arcadis will work with Caledonian to develop new modular designs and to build additional capacity in the commercial and technical delivery of new housing. The use of modular technology is becoming increasingly popular in the residential sector.
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December 16, 2017
The Government Gives a Massive Boost to Offsite Construction in the Budget.
Budget documents state that modern methods of construction would be favoured for public infrastructure schemes from 2019. At last the government is recognizing the benefits of off site construction and making the use of it the default position rather than continuing to use traditioanl methods which have consistently failed in many cases to deliver either on time or on budget.
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December 16, 2017
McAvoy Completes Building Installation for £8.2m School Contract
Offsite construction specialist,The McAvoy Group, has craned the final modules into position on site at the new Concordia Academy in Romford for a new building to accommodate 630 primary school children. The structure for the 2972m2 free school was manufactured offsite by McAvoy using the latest modular technology to reduce the build programme, minimise disruption and improve quality. The 67 steel-framed building modules were craned into position in just 12 days.
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November 6, 2017
Off-site Construction in the Heart of Wales
Ashley House plc is now the majority partner of joint venture business, F1 Modular Limited (F1M), based in Newtown in Powys. F1M designs and constructs community buildings such as housing, student accommodation, fire stations, school classrooms, leisure facilities and hotels, as well as retail units and kiosks.
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November 5, 2017
Keepmoat and Elliott Group Launch Modular ILKE Homes
Keepmoat has launched ILKE Homes, an offsite homes joint venture with Elliott, the modular specialist. This will contribute to the government’s housing supply targets through speed of completion, lack of reliance on limited construction labour and the ability to get around obstacles on stalled sites.
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November 5, 2017
Caledonian Awarded a Place on the £50m Education and Skills Funding Agency Framework
Caledonian has been awarded a position as an approved supplier on the £50m Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) Framework to act as Lead Designer and Principal Contractor for the design and build of new schools, academies, and other educational facilities.
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November 5, 2017
GLA Report on Off Site Manufactured Homes - Designed, Sealed, Delivered
A new report calls on the Mayor of London to use his powers to kick-start a 21st Century housing revolution - offsite manufactured homes, which London could be leading. In the report “Designed, sealed, delivered, the contribution of offsite manufactured homes to solving London's housing crisis” the Planning Committee calls on Mayor Sadiq Khan to create a standard design code for offsite manufactured homes designating public land, resources and planning powers to incentivise the sector.
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November 5, 2017
McAvoy awarded £8.2m contract to design and build new Romford Free School Academy offsite
The new 630-place 2,972m2 three-form entry free school primary school for Concordia Academy in Romford will create an exemplar learning environment for local children, reflecting the academy’s vision and ethos, increasing parental choice, and providing a valuable facility for the community.
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November 5, 2017
Portakabin and Mace Complete Emergency School in Record Time
Following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower on 14 June, the Education Skills and Funding Agency approached consultancy and construction group Mace and modular experts Portakabin to provide a new building for the pupils of Kensington Aldridge Academy, which is located at the base of Grenfell Tower. The new Kensington Aldridge Academy is now bustling with over 900 students after a build program of just nine weeks. The temporary school which is Portakabin’s biggest emergency response build to date, was constructed off-site and is made up of over 200 individual modules.
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November 5, 2017
Wernick Enters the Modular Housing Market
Social housing landlord, Valleys to Coast (V2C) and modular building specialist, Wernick Buildings have been awarded Welsh Government funding to build eight modular homes in Bridgend.
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September 3, 2017
The Turning Point for Off Site Construction in the UK?
The cost of traditional construction is rapidly increasing, there is a generational uncertainty about the availability and cost of skilled labour while at the same time material costs are increasing. Off-site construction offers a less risky alternative, whether it is for housing, education, health or many other construction sectors. This article discusses an alternative approach that industry professional and clients may want to consider in the light of these increased risks.
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September 3, 2017
Housebuilders Start to Move into Off Site
Reports that volume house builders are actively moving into the use of volumetric modules to build houses suggest that the tide has turned for off-site construction. Two very recent examples of such developments are given in this article.
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September 3, 2017
Off-Site Manufacturers Expand to Meet Increased Demand
Recent examples are reported of companies in the industry making significant investments to increase their manufacturing capacity in order to respond to the increased demand from the construction marketplace. These are just the most recent examples of a trend that has been quietly increasing the capacity of the off-site industry over the last few years.
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July 4, 2017
Off Site Sector News
News about the  new CEO for the Legal & General modular housing business, Cleckheaton-based Elite Systems, Buildoffsite's new Interim Director and a new modular housing factory planned for East London.<br>
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July 3, 2017
First L&G Offsite Homes Delivered
Richmond Housing Partnership (RHP), a housing association based in Teddington in west London, saw the first new modular homes, manufactured at the L&G factory near Leeds, craned into place recently.The product is made of a cross-laminated timber (CLT) frame and is clad with brick slips.
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July 3, 2017
Europe’s Largest Hotel Development
Caledonian Modular has been awarded the £50m contract to design and build Hinkley Point C campus living accommodation comprising 1,496 en-suite bedrooms.
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April 24, 2017
Europe’s Tallest Modular Tower Tops Out in Wembley
Europe’s and the world's second tallest modular tower has seen its final module lowered into place. The 29-storey 90 metre high structure is made up of 679 modules and is a student accommodation scheme developed by Tide Construction and Vision Modular Systems. The total build time was 12 months, with the modules being installed in just 13 weeks . The building has a BREAAM rating of Excellent.
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April 24, 2017
A Conversation About Off Site Construction
Mark Goldsmith, executive search consultant with Collingwood and I met during a recent plant tour at EOS Ltd in Durham and he asked me a number of questions about off site.
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February 25, 2017
The Portakabin Group has been appointed to the Southern Modular Building Framework
Off-site construction specialist, the Portakabin Group, has been appointed to the Southern Modular Building Framework – a new framework which has been launched to facilitate the procurement of modular buildings for public sector projects across London, the South East and South West.
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February 25, 2017
Premier Modular has completed the 200th Retail Kiosk for Timpson since 2012
Premier Modular’s customer-centric focus approach to business, continually striving to provide a solution that suits the client’s unique demands, has allowed their relationship with Timpson to flourish.
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February 25, 2017
Portakabin Receives Second Award Commendation for Complex Healthcare Scheme
Portakabin, the UK’s leading supplier of modular buildings, has received a second award commendation for its delivery of a highly complex ward and theatre building at Royal Stoke University Hospital. The 4,200sqm facility was completed in less than four months to help meet the increasing demand for orthopaedic services.
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February 25, 2017
New Sports Complex for Ashville College in Harrogate
Caledonian Modular has been appointed as turnkey contractor on a £2.5m project to deliver a new Sports Complex for Ashville College in Harrogate. The building benefits from an eye-catching external design, and will be constructed to seamlessly link with the surrounding College campus.
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January 25, 2017
Caledonian Modular Proposes a Solution to the Housing Crisis
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January 25, 2017
Do You Want to Know How to Deliver a Building with 90% Less Waste, 90% Fewer Vehicles on Site, in Half the Time of Traditional Construction?
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January 25, 2017
Getting the Most out of Off Site Construction
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December 6, 2016
Permanent 1,300 m2 Four Storey Office Block Built in Under 5 Months
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December 6, 2016
The UK's Biggest Modular ConstructionProject
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November 8, 2016
Can Off Site Construction Solve the Housing Crisis?
The solution has to be a completely new approach to creating homes.
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March 11, 2016
Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust - Offers for Sale 3,262m2 Rovacabin Modular Building
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March 3, 2016
A Solution to the Housing Shortage?
Plans for the world's largest modular homes construction factory.
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March 3, 2016
Portakabin Off Site Contract Win
The largest Off Site education contract has been awarded to Portakabin Group.
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