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Can modular construction improve affordability?

Can modular construction improve affordability? The simple answer is yes, but, when it comes to modular construction, there are a lot more benefits involved than just cutting costs But first, what is modular construction? ...

12th November, 2019  |  Read More >


Carbon Challenge Needs Whole-life Views, Not Half-truths

Against the backdrop of climate change, the construction industry needs to chart the roadmap to a net-zero-carbon society by 2050. This requires an intelligent and informed industry discussion about embodied and operational...

11th November, 2019  |  Read More >


Precast Wins at Hox Park

Located on the outskirts of Egham in Surrey, Hox Park is a new high-quality, precast concrete student development for The Royalton Group and Moorfield, which forms part of the phased masterplan for the former Brunel University site. Designed...

11th November, 2019  |  Read More >


Why new names are piling into offsite housing

With government...

11th November, 2019  |  Read More >


Homes England grants £38m for offsite projects

Homes England has granted £38.2m of funding to six local authorities to encourage greater use of modern methods of construction (MMC). The money will be used by six councils to develop infrastructure and enabling works for the...

10th November, 2019  |  Read More >


MMC and timber frame: The perfect duo for sustainable housebuilding

Stewart Dalgarno, director of product development at Stewart Milne Timber Systems, discusses why Modern Methods of Construction coupled with a build fabric such as timber frame are key to meeting government housing targets sustainably ...

9th November, 2019  |  Read More >


CLC boss ‘disappointed’ by government’s offsite take-up

The chairman of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has said public spending on offsite construction is "crucial" if the sector is to thrive, as he expressed disappointment at slow government take-up. Recently,...

8th November, 2019  |  Read More >


Hill sets up £10m homeless charity

Privately-owned housebuilder to build 200 homes for the homeless Hill, the Waltham Abbey-based housebuilder, is setting up a £10m charitable foundation to build 200 homes for people who have found themselves homeless. ...

6th November, 2019  |  Read More >


Laing O’Rourke to supply rivals using offsite factory

Laing O'Rourke plans to supply other...

6th November, 2019  |  Read More >


Offsite presumption: Procurement figures revealed

Three of the five government departments...

5th November, 2019  |  Read More >


Barratt continues MMC drive

Housebuilder upping use of modern methods despite economic uncertainty Housebuilder Barratt said it is continuing to target building a quarter of all its homes from modern construction methods, as it reported steady trading to...

5th November, 2019  |  Read More >


Final chase to secure your tickets for Timber Talks

Over the last decade structural timber has entered a new dimension with the development of new building systems and design strategies, experts from the structural timber sector will come together on 6 November 2019 in London to address timber's use...

4th November, 2019  |  Read More >



Centrepoint in £15m modular housing push

Homelessness charity to build 300 homes for young homeless people Housing charity Centrepoint has embarked upon a £15m programme to build 300 modular homes in London and Manchester to house homeless young people. ...

4th November, 2019  |  Read More >


LSFA raises awareness of the light steel framing sector

Since its inauguration at Focus on Framing, the first conference held by the Light Steel Frame Association (LSFA) in June 2019, the industry body is gathering momentum Established to influence legislation and to support the overall...

4th November, 2019  |  Read More >


Homes of the future: University and TV architect collaborate

The ways that homes are designed and built in the future could be completely transformed, thanks to a new project between Northumbria University, Newcastle and architect George Clarke The University has signed an agreement with Clarke's...

3rd November, 2019  |  Read More >


Japanese expertise will drive Urban Splash’s modular push

But Sekisui's UK boss says stake in Manchester developer will still see it use "mainly" British materials Developer Sekisui House will use "Japanese expertise" to drive a ten-fold increase in the modular housing...

3rd November, 2019  |  Read More >


Tolent completes first modular housing scheme in Newton Aycliffe

Working with offsite manufacturer ilke Homes, contractor Tolent has finished its first-ever modular housing project in Newton Aycliffe In one day, two modular homes were delivered and assembled on site, in front of an audience...

2nd November, 2019  |  Read More >


Wates awards £3m contract for steel-framed bathrooms pods

Bathroom pod manufacturer, Offsite Solutions, has won a £3m contract from Wates Construction to supply 440 bespoke steel-framed bathroom pods The steel-framed bathroom pods are for Anthology's Hale Works development in Tottenham...

1st November, 2019  |  Read More >


Insights into the increasing demand for bathroom pods

Richard Tonkinson, executive director of Offsite Solutions, provides some insight into the growing demand for factory-built bathrooms and the latest trends The use of bathroom pods in the residential sector has increased hugely in...

1st November, 2019  |  Read More >


Bristol to get 200 offsite homes by Skanska and Ikea JV

In one of its first UK schemes, offsite homes builder BoKlok is to build 200 homes in Bristol. Work on the project for Bristol City Council is due to start in autumn 2020, subject to planning permission. ...

1st November, 2019  |  Read More >


RG Carter’s offsite-built council homes win Stirling Prize

A council house development of 105 homes built using offsite construction methods by contractor RG Carter and designed by Mikhail Riches Architects has won the RIBA Stirling Prize 2019. Goldsmith Street in Norwich is one of the UK's...

31st October, 2019  |  Read More >


How the skills gap has affected the government’s home-building targets

Daniel Ure of PPE specialist Vizwear examines what problems the skills shortage in construction is causing for the government's home-building targets - and what companies can do to help fill key positions It's no secret that the...

30th October, 2019  |  Read More >


Kingspan TEK sports centre is fit for King’s

Students at the renowned King's College School in Cambridge are enjoying getting active in their new Sports & Cultural Centre, constructed with the use of the offsite Kingspan TEK Cladding Panels. The school previously...

30th October, 2019  |  Read More >


MMC key to increasing affordable housing supply, says The Housing Forum

Modern methods of construction (MMC) will play a vital role in increasing the supply of affordable housing in the UK, according to a new guide published by The Housing Forum. In a document called 'MMC for affordable housing...

29th October, 2019  |  Read More >


BoKlok announces plans for 200 offsite homes in Bristol

BoKlok UK Ltd, the offsite housing provider jointly owned by Skanska and IKEA, has announced plans to develop 200 homes in south Bristol with Bristol City Council Bristol City Council, who owns the Airport Road site, has...

28th October, 2019  |  Read More >


Housing minister calls for MMC centre of excellence in the North

The housing minister has called for the establishment of a centre for excellence to champion modern methods of construction (MMC) in the north of England. At a series of appearances at the Conservative party conference in...

27th October, 2019  |  Read More >


Cadcoe Announces Digital Construction Training Partnership with Berkeley Modular Ltd and North Kent College

In June 2019 Berkeley Modular Ltd started to move staff into its advanced manufacturing facility in Northfleet, Kent. As innovators within the realms of digital construction and volumetric modular housing solutions, the new company...

26th October, 2019  |  Read More >


Norwich council estate wins 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has named Goldsmith Street in Norwich, designed by Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley, as the winner of the 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize The annual RIBA Stirling Prize, presented since 1996, is awarded...

26th October, 2019  |  Read More >


SES Engineering Services Relocates Award-Winning Offsite Manufacturing Facility to Coventry

Leading national engineering specialist, SES Engineering Services (SES), is relocating its award-winning offsite manufacturing facility, Prism, to a new 68,000 sq ft facility in Coventry. The relocation and expansion of its...

25th October, 2019  |  Read More >

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