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28.05.2020
EDAROTH, a subsidiary of engineering, design and project management consultancy Atkins recently highlighted the scale and opportunity of ‘brownfield sites’ as a key part in tackling England’s social housing crisis with offsite...
27.05.2020
Alongside repurposing existing facilities to create NHS Nightingale Hospitals, offsite construction is also supporting NHS Trusts and healthcare providers to increase capacity. Jackie Maginnis, Chief Executive of the...
27.05.2020
Alongside repurposing existing facilities to create NHS Nightingale Hospitals, offsite construction is also supporting NHS Trusts and healthcare providers to increase capacity. Jackie Maginnis, Chief Executive of the...
26.05.2020
Debi Lama, Key Account Manager for Affordable Housing at Stewart Milne Timber Systems, discusses why offsite construction coupled with a build fabric such as timber frame is key to reducing fuel poverty across the UK. The rising cost...
26.05.2020
Based in County Durham with state-of-the-art-framing and fabrication machines, Intelligent Steel Solutions (ISS) operate nationwide to design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA) principles offering high quality structural steel to the offsite...
25.05.2020
The Structural Timber Association (STA) recently hosted a roundtable discussion, gathering industry experts together to examine the many challenges ahead of reducing the UK’s carbon emissions and creating a safer built environment. ...
22.05.2020
Reds10 Chairman Matt Bennion picks out some of the unsung benefits of using offsite delivery, as the UK struggles to combat Covid-19 and changes in how construction sites are staffed and managed. Shorter programmes, earlier...
22.05.2020
Impact Capital set up by property veterans Robert Whitton and Nick Shattock to deliver homes post covid-19 A private equity-backed group including former Quintain deputy chief executive Nick Shattock has bought modular housing firm...
21.05.2020
The Offsite Ready project is a series of collaborative events and online modules that will bring offsite skills into focus for a wide audience. Douglas Morrison, Director of Operations and Future Skills, at Construction Scotland Innovation...
21.05.2020
Regeneration developer will also restart housing sites including Park Hill in Sheffield Manchester-based regeneration developer Urban Splash is to re-open its modular factory and construction sites, the business has said. ...
20.05.2020
The Bristol Housing Festival is running over five years and acting as an incubator to road-test explore smart technology and offsite manufacturing in a real-world scenario with a view developing innovative solutions to accelerate the delivery...
20.05.2020
Planning permission has been awarded to Legal & General Modular Homes to build 154 homes using modular construction at a site in Selby, North Yorkshire. The firm’s recently reopened factory in Sherburn-in-Elmet near Leeds will...
19.05.2020
As the NHS faces unparalleled pressure, the team at EOS can look back with pride at the Sarah Swift Building project they completed for the University of Lincoln. The University is  playing its part in the fight against Coronavirus by...
19.05.2020
Despite recent reports that suggest government departments are not adopting a presumption in favour of offsite (2017), the Modular and Portable Building Association (MPBA) has commissioned research that shows volumetric modular construction...
18.05.2020
The Home of Offsite Technology Innovation  The construction sector is at a critical crossroads - offsite technology is now recognised as providing the most important solution to overcome many of the challenges facing the...
18.05.2020
Offsite construction specialist Merit has increased the capacity of its advanced manufacturing facility in Cramlington by 40 per cent to 140,000 sq ft after securing more than £18m in new orders during the first quarter of 2020. ...
15.05.2020
The proposed combustibles ban could be devastating for the cross-laminated timber sector, but are the safety fears are justified? The future of large-scale timber buildings in England hangs in the balance. Next month, the...
15.05.2020
Caledonian has been awarded a £40m turnkey contract for a 528 student bedroom development near Falmouth in Cornwall. The development for Studytel will provide accommodation for students studying at the Penryn...
14.05.2020
Canary Wharf Group has signed up volumetric specialist Caledonian to build a 20-storey block of flats at its Wood Wharf site in London Docklands. The 279 apartment tower at One Charter Street will provide a gateway to the new...
13.05.2020
Is this the method’s moment, wonders the chairman of specialist modular contractors Reds10 Unprecedented, extraordinary, unparalleled – just a few ways to describe the way the world has changed in the wake of covid-19. ...
12.05.2020
However insurance giant warns city that revenue from its other housing businesses has “stopped” since March Insurance giant Legal & General has re-opened its cutting-edge modular housing factory little more than a week...
11.05.2020
The Construction Scotland Innovation Centre’s Offsite Ready programme aims to build the UK’s capacity in the skills that will be vital to the future of construction, explains Douglas Morrison. As the construction industry is facing...
07.05.2020
Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) has launched a webinar events series as part of its i-Con Covid-19 support initiative for the built environment.   The event, which will take place on Tuesday 19th May, 12 to 12:45pm,...
07.05.2020
As the construction industry continues to wrestle with its "productivity challenge" at a macro scale, the government has sought to improve national economic growth through improving wellbeing in poorer areas and narrowing...
06.05.2020
The country’s biggest bathroom pod manufacturer is starting to gradually increase production as sites restart across the country. Hull based Walker Modular saw production rates slump to just 70 pods a week from normal...
05.05.2020
Simon Horn discusses why offsite construction utilising timber frame as the external wall fabric and overall structural solution is key to meeting sustainability targets UK-wide demand for new homes continues to rise amid major...
04.05.2020
Group of housing designers call on government to rethink “combustibles ban” so it allows use of structural timber A group of architects are campaigning for the government to rethink plans to ban all combustible material in the...
01.05.2020
The engineered timber industry has been founded on the principles of advancing sustainable building technology. Led by innovators such as B&K Structures, the use of timber technology in UK construction has undergone a renaissance in...
01.05.2020
Insurance giant confirms Leeds plant not operating as firm wins virtual planning for Surrey housing Insurance giant L&G has temporarily shut its modular housing factory in response to the coronavirus crisis, the firm has said....
01.05.2020
Housing Minister Chris Pincher says he believes Modern Methods of Construction is the future for the sector. Christopher Pincher has told the housing sector that he wants the UK to be a “global leader” in Modern Methods of Construction...
30.04.2020
Impact Capital Group has completed a multi-million-pound investment in offsite construction specialists, Lesko Modular Group Impact Capital Group Limited has completed the acquisition of Lesko Modular and its subsidiaries. As a result,...
30.04.2020
The adoption of offsite construction involves upfront capital costs – this is often where comparisons are made between factory-based and traditional building methods. If evaluated in isolation the traditional approach could appear a cheaper...
30.04.2020
An Innovate UK-backed project involving the British Constructional Steelwork Association and the Steel Construction Institute aims to encourage more standardised steel components.  Steel sees itself as the original offsite...
29.04.2020
As the population grows there is a greater demand for homes, particularly in urban areas.  One solution to this is building tall with precast concrete and hybrid design providing many of the answers. To realise its full potential, a...
29.04.2020
As the population grows there is a greater demand for homes, particularly in urban areas.  One solution to this is building tall with precast concrete and hybrid design providing many of the answers. To realise its full potential, a...
28.04.2020
As one of the UK's leading providers of rainscreen systems, metal fabrications and bespoke full envelope solutions – quality is at the core of the PSP Group's operation. Here, Chairman Heath Hindmarch explains why they made a vast investment to...
28.04.2020
As one of the UK's leading providers of rainscreen systems, metal fabrications and bespoke full envelope solutions – quality is at the core of the PSP Group's operation. Here, Chairman Heath Hindmarch explains why they made a vast investment to...
27.04.2020
With a mission statement of ‘purpose beyond profit’, Willmott Dixon has long adopted innovative techniques to improve the built environment. Using offsite construction, they are improving productivity and quality with Town House at Kingston...
24.04.2020
SECURE YOUR PLACE AT THE OFFSITE EVENT OF THE YEAR In 2019 OFFSITE EXPO exceeded expectations attracting 2,874 unique visitors, over 100 professionals with purchasing power participated in the Offsite Connect Buyers and...
24.04.2020
The timber industry has long embraced offsite manufacture and is perfectly placed to capitalise on the need for low carbon design and build. David Hopkins, CEO of the UK Timber Trade Federation (TTF) and board member of the Confederation of Timber...
23.04.2020
Advocates believe further fire tests can prove the product’s safety credentials. The government’s 2018 ban on combustible materials in buildings over 18m – which may yet be widened to buildings above 11m – is frustrating for...
22.04.2020
The Green Construction Board work with Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Defra to develop an interpretation of zero avoidable waste in construction and subsequently to develop a route map of how it might be...
22.04.2020
The impending changes to Part L1A and Part F of the Building Regulations for new dwellings will increase energy efficiency requirements for new homes. Trevor Richards, Operations Director of offsite experts Cogent, discusses the potential...
21.04.2020
Leading UK based shower floor manufacturer On The Level, were contacted recently in response to an urgent 20 bed ward project being delivered to Royal Surrey County Hospital by specialist offsite manufacturer Elite Systems.  The...
21.04.2020
Timber modular construction is the flavour du jour in housing.  After decades of enthusiasts and reports extolling the virtues of offsite construction, the housing industry finally seems to agree that it might make sense. The last...
21.04.2020
Glenn Howells Architects, AHMM, dRMM, Waugh Thistleton and developer Urban Splash are lobbying the government not to ban structural timber under proposed rule changes on fire safety In response to the Grenfell tragedy, the government...
20.04.2020
Launched at Offsite Expo 2019, the Construction Futures Research Centre (CFRC) is part of the School of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Wolverhampton and is part of a new wave of centres of excellence...
17.04.2020
The Offsite Ready programme aims to build the UK’s capacity in the skills that will be vital to the future of construction. Douglas Morrison, director of operations and future skills at the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, explains...
17.04.2020
Leading UK based shower floor manufacturer On The Level, were chosen by The Darwin Group to produce bespoke shower floors for a COVID-19 Emergency Contingency Ward for Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Trust.  The facility which...
17.04.2020
Thirty houses delivered from Swan’s factory to Beechwood Village in Basildon. Beechwood Village in Basildon is the first development to receive modular houses from Swan Housing Association’s factory in Warrington. Its first...
16.04.2020
NG Bailey is continuing to play its part supporting national efforts to combat the COVID-19 epidemic as part of the team that has transformed Harrogate Convention Centre into an NHS Nightingale hospital to serve Yorkshire and Humberside. ...
16.04.2020
The construction industry is facing a number of potentially existential challenges that need to be addressed urgently and offsite has the potential to make a significant contribution. But there is concern in some quarters about the aesthetic and...
15.04.2020
As the UK grapples with climate change and the urgent need for more sustainable construction approaches – many developers are in a state of confusion about how to meet the proposed Building Regulation changes to further reduce the combustible...
14.04.2020
New schools and hospitals are set to be built from a “kit of parts” within 10 years after the Construction Innovation Hub named the firms that would take forward its flagship Platform Design programme. Skanska, BAM, Kier, Vinci,...
13.04.2020
As part of its ongoing review of modern methods of construction (MMC), the NHBC has accepted Fusion Building Systems light steel frame solutions for residential buildings up to and over 18m in height.  Fusion Building Systems has recently...
09.04.2020
Plans to build a £65m advanced manufacturing facility in Refrewshire have been given the green light. The National Manufacturing Institute of Scotland will be built at the Netherton Campus in Paisley and is designed by architect...
08.04.2020
Ashley House announces intention to appoint administrator to subsidiary F1 Modular Modular housing start-up F1 Modular is to go into administration, according to its parent company. AIM-listed Ashley House told the stock...
08.04.2020
Joe Mazzon, Research Engineer at BSRIA outlines some of the ways that thermal imaging can improve energy efficiency in building design.  It is well known that buildings account for approximately 40% of the total energy we use. Based on...
07.04.2020
Housing association giant signs up offsite construction specialist Mid Group The UK’s largest housing association Clarion has signed up offsite construction specialist Mid Group to build 152 units of affordable housing on...
06.04.2020
The council plans to sell a 6.19-hectare disused allotment gardens site in the city’s Lockleaze area to the pensions and insurance giant. The land, which has been initially valued at an estimated £7m, will be used by L&G to...
06.04.2020
With the construction sector set for profound change, Trudi Sully at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), predicts exciting times ahead with the Construction Innovation Hub set to change the way the industry thinks and performs.  I...
03.04.2020
ESS Modular recently handed over a state-of-the art 3,300sqm, 40-bedroom ward extension at Clonmel Hospital. Using a precision manufacturing offsite process significantly reduced the time required on-site, with the new hospital facility delivered...
03.04.2020
ESS Modular recently handed over a state-of-the art 3,300sqm, 40-bedroom ward extension at Clonmel Hospital. Using a precision manufacturing offsite process significantly reduced the time required on-site, with the new hospital facility delivered...
03.04.2020
The CEO of Legal & General Modular Homes on the challenges of changing construction’s old habits. “This really is a new industry. You cannot find someone who knows how to do all of this,” says Rosie Toogood, chief executive...
02.04.2020
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has signed an agreement within Urban Splash to build 10,000 new homes using Modern Methods of Construction The WMCA has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Urban Splash to...
01.04.2020
The new Construction Innovation Hub Platform programme will support the government’s ambition to drive innovation and build industrial capability and capacity in businesses throughout the UK to deliver more sustainable buildings in the near...
31.03.2020
The dynamic and fast-moving pace of the structural timber sector delivers a vast array of buildings through innovative construction methods. Here, Andrew Carpenter, chief executive of the Structural Timber Association, discusses the benefits of...
30.03.2020
Modular buildings can be viewed as a cost-effective solution to improving and increasing NHS facilities, Alan Wilson, managing director of ModuleCo Healthcare explores further It’s no secret that NHS Trusts across the UK are struggling to find...
27.03.2020
The Laing O’Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology at the University of Cambridge and CIRIA have launched a new report unveiling a new methodology for quantifying the benefits of offsite construction. Uptake of...
25.03.2020
At the end of 2019 Mark Farmer accepted a new role as the independent champion for Modern Methods of Construction (MMC). His mission, to modernise housing delivery, has seen him become a major figure in the offsite sector. As part...
22.03.2020
Britain's biggest house builder aims to build a quarter of its homes using modern methods of construction by 2025. Barratt has rolled out a series of new housing types to allow a switch to greater use...
21.03.2020
First modular plant is now operating two shifts to meet demand, housebuilder says. Countryside has confirmed plans to open a second factory in which to build modular homes as it continues to increase sales. In an update...
19.03.2020
NHBC has a long track record of collaboration with house builders, developers and manufacturers on MMC systems; providing guidance, reviewing systems and sharing knowledge and research. In response to the increasing interest...
19.03.2020
Marmox, synonymous with high-performance tiling preparation, waterproofing and insulating solutions for showers and wet rooms is launching a completely new innovative solution for tiling, Slicedstone mosaics on a roll. Architects and...
18.03.2020
World leading manufacturer BeA Fastening Systems Ltd have been in the fastening business for 50 plus years. Based out Woodmansey near Hull, BeA manufacture fixings and fastening for construction and industrial sectors right around the world....
18.03.2020
World leading manufacturer BeA Fastening Systems Ltd have been in the fastening business for 50 plus years. Based out Woodmansey near Hull, BeA manufacture fixings and fastening for construction and industrial sectors right around the world....
18.03.2020
Derbyshire County Council has chosen Morgan Sindall Construction to build a new £5.3m primary school in Littleover, Derby. The school is being built to serve a new-build housing development, Highfields Estate Once complete,...
17.03.2020
Part of the international Hadley Group, Hadley Steel Framing’s light gauge steel profiles have been installed in a nine-storey student accommodation in Exeter, called The Depot. The £40m development will provide accommodation for circa 600...
17.03.2020
Rarely does an event get such overwhelmingly positive feedback in its launch year but Offsite Expo 2019 certainly exceeded expectations. The commendations for this event were universal – visitors, sponsors, speakers and exhibitors all...
16.03.2020
Efforts to establish a 'Construction Corridor' in the North of England were encouraged even further by a recent visit by the Housing Minister, Esther McVey, to the Legal and General Modular Housing Factory in Leeds, where modern methods of...
14.03.2020
Crest Nicholson said focusing too heavily on enhancing off-site manufacturing (OSM) has seen it lose ground to competitors in other areas of house building. The admission came as the housing giant unveiled a disappointing set...
13.03.2020
The initial modular homes have been craned into place at a new affordable housing development in Bolton by offsite specialists, ilke Homes. The new modular homes are a first for the Bolton area and offer 22 affordable family homes....
11.03.2020
With an objective to enhance quality and drive product innovation through technical guidance and research, the Structural Timber Association (STA), as part of their continual development programme, has been collaborating with the Construction...
11.03.2020
Goldman Sachs-backed modular housebuilder says it has continued support of US investment giant A business that is part of Top Hat, the modular homes start-up backed by Goldman Sachs to the tune of £75m last year, recorded operating losses of more...
10.03.2020
Housebuilder St. Modwen Homes has installed two modular properties at its Victoria Park development in Stoke-on-Trent. This is the first time the housebuilder has delivered modular homes, which were manufactured offsite by...
09.03.2020
The McAvoy Group, one of the leading offsite manufacturers in the UK and Ireland, has secured multi-million-pound investment from London-based Blantyre Capital. The investment will...
09.03.2020
Tide Construction switches lights on at 101 George Street in Croydon only 12 months after they installed the first module at the 44 storey scheme Delivered in half the time of a traditional building, thanks to efficiencies of manufacturing...
08.03.2020
Offsite manufacturer, ilke Homes has delivered nine zero-carbon modular homes for SME developer Positive Homes All nine modular homes have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of 'A'. In the UK, only 1% of new builds are 'A'...
08.03.2020
Offsite manufacturer, ilke Homes has delivered nine zero-carbon modular homes for SME developer Positive Homes All nine modular homes have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of 'A'. In the UK, only 1% of new builds are 'A'...
08.03.2020
Richard Smith will lead the warranty group's analysis of modern methods of construction. The National House-Building Council (NHBC) has named Richard Smith as the head of its innovation, standards and research operation....
06.03.2020
Two senior members of Buildoffsite's governing forum have stepped down in 'year of transition'. Senior figures on the governing forum for the leading trade body for modern construction methods, Buildoffsite, have stepped down amid...
06.03.2020
Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) has appointed 11 new members to its governance board, reflecting the increasing appetite for collaboration across the construction industry Six women were among the 11 new CSIC board...
05.03.2020
Built & Spaces director Steve Wilkie discusses how modular housebuilding could be the answer to the UK’s self-build boom Our nation lags a long way behind the world when it comes to self-build homes – but modular...
04.03.2020
Tyrone-based McAvoy Group, a family-owned business, has attracted a “multimillion pound” investment from London investment group, Blantyre Capital. McAvoy, which has been in business for more than 50 years and also has...
04.03.2020
Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC), together with an expert UK-wide network of project partners, is launching a major training programme to help grow best practice and skills in offsite construction.  The Offsite Ready project, a...
04.03.2020
Developer working with six London councils to build homes on existing buildings. Rooftop housing developer Apex Airspace has revealed ambitious plans to build 10,000 affordable homes in the next decade, using modular construction...
03.03.2020
Proctor & Matthews Architects and Shedkm’s second phase of Urban Splash’s modular new town in Cambridgeshire has won planning approval Recently, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s planning committee granted permission...
03.03.2020
Health minister says standardised components will help buildings’ adaptability The government wants modern methods of construction to be used in its ambitious hospital building programme over the next five years. Health...
03.03.2020
Bristol City Council is being asked to consider a proposal to dispose of disused land in Lockleaze to enable Legal & General Modular Homes to deliver over 180 new homes As well as providing much-needed homes, the proposed...
02.03.2020
With gathering momentum behind offsite construction, precast concrete specialists are now delivering complete housing concepts.  With a government drive for increased offsite manufacturing and standardised components, together...
02.03.2020
Architect Waugh Thistleton was chosen by Swan Housing Association to deliver a 100% affordable housing scheme in East London. Regenerating a brownfield site, the development is designed in three blocks to provide 65 much-needed homes for...
02.03.2020
The Bristol Housing Festival has launched an architecture competition, in partnership with Trinity College, to find a partner to design the college’s student accommodation The architecture competition will find the designer of the...
28.02.2020
“BY embracing new techniques in controlled factory environments offsite, or near-site, we can enhance pre-manufactured value, but by doing so, the conventional procurement and business models we currently use will need to change.” ...
28.02.2020
The Welsh government has announced that it is making a £45m investment in modular housing, in an attempt to increase the delivery of social and affordable homes. Of the £45m investment, £25m will be made available...
27.02.2020
Consultant’s new housing arm built the houses for Lambeth council Atkins has unveiled the first homes developed by its modular housing arm Edaroth. The terrace of four two-bedroom social housing units was...
27.02.2020
ESS Modular has just handed over a state of the art 3,300 sq m, 40-bed modular ward extension at South Tipperary General Hospital The new development is the largest modular ward extension in Ireland and consists of a two-storey...
26.02.2020
Skanska and Ikea’s offsite homes joint venture, BoKlok UK, has exchanged contracts on its first three developments. The first three sites, across the south and south west of England, are in Worthing, Bristol and Peacehaven. Together,...
26.02.2020
Stewart Dalgarno, director of product development at Stewart Milne Timber Systems, discusses how Advanced Industrialised Methods for the Construction of Homes (AIMCH) can overcome many challenges currently faced by housebuilders and developers...
26.02.2020
Insurer tests prototype of concrete and steel apartments in offsite homes factory. Insurance giant and modular housing pioneer Legal & General (L&G) will not use timber as a structural material for its planned modular...
25.02.2020
The government is encouraging the NHS to use modern construction methods in the construction of 40 new hospitals. That’s according to minister for care Caroline Dinenage who was speaking last week in a Commons debate on innovation in...
25.02.2020
The UK’s largest housebuilding firms have been criticised for a failure to invest in innovation and training. Lord Richard Best, co-chair of the all-party parliamentary group on housing and care for older people, criticised the...
24.02.2020
James Pikett appointed director of development at start-up modular builder. Project Etopia has appointed Berkeley Group veteran James Pikett to be the firm's first development director. The modular housing start-up, which...
24.02.2020
Housebuilder will wait for more action from government, says chief executive Peter Truscott Crest Nicholson has affirmed reports that new chief executive Peter Truscott is casting aside its target to build 15% of homes using offsite...
24.02.2020
Kier has been awarded the contract to design and construct a new £10.7m headquarters at DMS Whittington by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) The DMS Whittington headquarters project will start on site in summer 2020...
22.02.2020
Housing minister Esther McVey visited the site as part of the government's drive to "get Britain building". A modular factory in Leeds has set itself targets of delivering 3,500 homes a year once fully operational, in a latest...
21.02.2020
With the relaunch of VELUX into the housebuilder and off-site manufacturers market, the revitalised VELUX service and support package delivers value for money, quality guarantee, assured reliability, and peace of mind for Construction...
21.02.2020
Offsite construction represents an opportunity to deliver on new targets for carbon reduction, writes Wayne Gales. Making homes in a factory sounds clinical and cold but it should be warmly welcomed. The reason being is that...
20.02.2020
Housing association says combustibles ban prompted decision to move to steel system for offsite homes. One of the leading exponents of modular housebuilding based on cross-laminated timber technology is to move to using...
20.02.2020
As part of its ongoing review of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), the NHBC has accepted Fusion Building Systems light steel frame solutions for residential buildings up to and over 18m in height. Fusion Building Systems has...
16.02.2020
AIMCH, the Innovation Consortium set up to overhaul the housebuilding sector, has published a new research report that assesses construction productivity metrics. The Advanced Industrialised Methods for the Construction of...
15.02.2020
The Department for Education has named the firms it will use for its next-generation of offsite schools. The education department's programme will deliver around 30 schools a year with an estimated pipeline of up to £3bn over the next...
14.02.2020
Set piece announcement expected to include details on improving industry productivity. The chancellor is set to reveal details of the new government's construction strategy in its first Budget this spring. ...
12.02.2020
The significant opportunities that modular homes offer to the Scottish construction sector must now be fully embraced, says real estate finance specialist Addi Spiers, a partner at law firm Addleshaw Goddard. What should construction...
11.02.2020
It’s a double celebration for SevenCapital this week as the developer, alongside construction partners Colmore Tang and Creagh Concrete, marks the topping out of its St Martin’s Place development - and announces it is now sold out one year...
10.02.2020
The Tipperary-headquartered company achieved the certification for its Horizon Offsite Steel Frame Building System. The Tipperary-headquartered company achieved the certification for its Horizon Offsite Steel Frame Building System....
09.02.2020
Mace has unveiled a new system for constructing high-rise buildings using digital technology and an offsite manufacturing approach, which it claims makes construction six times more productive than current industry performance. ...
07.02.2020
After a tumultuous year, it's important that this attention to the industry strategy and its offsite agenda is sustained by the new government The recent announcement of £38.2m of funding for local authorities to invest in modern methods...
05.02.2020
A South Korean construction group has bought a major stake in offsite volumetric specialist Elements Europe. Elements Europe has over 15 years' experience in the off-site manufacturing and construction sector delivering more than 20,000...
04.02.2020
Joint venture between northern developer and Japan's Sekisui House brings in two senior directors. Developer Urban Splash has appointed the Pinnacle Group's director of housing as chair of its modular housing joint venture with Japanese...
31.01.2020
With a 42% increase in the last nine months in people seeking to access learning about offsite through the Supply Chain School there is clearly a demand, but as Ian Heptonstall, Director at the School explains - is this enough? ...
31.01.2020
Protect Membranes, UK producer of construction and roofing membranes, has introduced a new 3m wide variant of its popular Protect BarriAir membrane, designed for ease of installation within a factory environment and to support the rapid rise in...
29.01.2020
To help the construction industry interrogate the practical potential of evolving technologies, tools, processes and materials, the Emerging Realities conference and exhibition will answer some of the challenging questions about the...
29.01.2020
Futurebuild 2020, which takes place from 3-5 March at ExCeL London, will inspire professionals working across the offsite sector to come together to deliver a more sustainable built environment. A clear message to come from recent...
29.01.2020
Latest system for Olympic Park homes builds on firm's "jump factory" approach. Construction giant Mace is launching a new form of offsite construction, which it claims can speed high-rise build by 25%, the firm announced...
28.01.2020
Mark Farmer needs little introduction. His role in suggesting change and modernising the way the built environment is created has seen him become a major figure in the offsite sector. Gary Ramsay caught up with him to speak about the...
28.01.2020
The five government departments committed to a presumption in favour of offsite lack the intelligence to implement it in procurement, and need "re-educating", according to Mark Farmer, the government's modern methods of construction (MMC)...
28.01.2020
Specialist external cladding supplier Aquarian Cladding Systems has announced an agreement with Ash and Lacy and Ibstock Kevington to distribute MechSlip. The innovative brick cladding system will uniquely allow architects...
27.01.2020
Framework to deliver 30 modular schools per year for the next four years. 22nd January 2020: Spatial Initiative - the joint venture between Styles&Wood and ESS Modular - has been appointed to a new £3bn Department for Education...
27.01.2020
Growth opportunities in the global modular and prefabricated buildings market look robust over the next six years with technology set to play a significant role, says Prathmesh Limaye, Senior Research Analyst at Frost &...
27.01.2020
Housebuilder St. Modwen Homes has installed two modular homes at the Victoria Park site in Stoke-on-Trent. The installation of the new modular homes, which were manufactured offsite by ilke Homes, marks the first time St. Modwen Homes...
27.01.2020
Offsite construction is safer, faster, greener and cheaper than traditional methods, according to a survey by the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) of businesses in the electrotechnical and engineering services industry. ...
26.01.2020
The growth of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the housing sector is changing the way tenants engage with housing associations. What can it bring to a flourishing rental market? Henry Jinman, Commercial Director of EBI.AI...
26.01.2020
Creagh Concrete is expecting turnover to grow to £200m over the next few years following a string of contract wins. The concrete products producer said turnover will rise to £110m for the year to March 31 2020 as staffing levels...
26.01.2020
Tide Construction and Vision Modular Systems, take a look back on 2019 and show how modular construction is reaching new heights. 2019 was a monumental year for our industry, seeing several decisive steps taken...
25.01.2020
It is time for more offsite methodology and thinking to be introduced into architectural study, says Nigel Ostime, Delivery Director, Hawkins\Brown Architects, who is part of a new wave of industry specialists introducing...
25.01.2020
The construction industry must find solutions to the escalating housing crisis that is reaching unsustainable levels. Fortunately offsite construction presents an opportunity for change. Steve Chesters, Southern Framing Sales Manager at Hadley...
24.01.2020
Professor Robert Hairstans from the Centre for Offsite Construction + Innovative Structures at Edinburgh Napier University, outlines a new strategic partnership to digitally enable a sustainable built environment. From tall timber...
24.01.2020
Announcing half-year results today showing profit and revenue sharply down, as expected, the housebuilder said the selling price of its homes remained "firm" and that its forward order book had risen for the first time since 2016....
24.01.2020
According to former US President Bill Clinton, 'the price of doing the same old thing is far higher than the cost of change.' Andrew Orriss, STA Assure Director for the Structural Timber Association (STA), discusses the...
23.01.2020
Plans are now well underway for the next Offsite Expo taking place on 22-23 September at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. The event will once again feature informative speaker content but new for 2020 will be 'live' feature builds, machinery...
22.01.2020
Joint venture with Peel given permission for latest phase of Wirral Waters megaproject. Planning permission has been granted for 30 modular homes in the 13,000-home Wirral Waters scheme in Birkenhead, to be delivered as a joint venture...
20.01.2020
Berkeley Group is planning to start production at its new house-building factory in north Kent in 2020. Chairman Tony Pidgley said that Berkeley's volumetric modular construction facility in Ebbsfleet would be "an exemplar of...
25.12.2019
The popularity of light steel framing continues to grow as does the uptake of offsite construction more generally. Andrew Way, Associate Director at SCI, provides an update on recent material developments. Key...
23.12.2019
Kier preconstruction director for strategic projects Jamie Hillier considers the psychological bias preventing the industry from seeing the creative possibilities of offsite manufacturing When evaluating a specific topic, concept,...
22.12.2019
Logistic sites winners due to be named next summer Heathrow Airport has said the four offsite logistic hubs that will be used to help build the third runway at the west London airport will be able to use a centralised...
21.12.2019
An All-Party Parliamentary report calls on the "unlocking" of finance for manufacturers to better meet demand. The use of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) and the timber industries will be key in helping the government...
19.12.2019
Framework forms part of housing group's hopes of building 11,000 new homes by 2028 Great Places Housing Group has launched a £750m framework for firms looking to deliver a range of services to housing clients across...
18.12.2019
New MMC champion Mark Farmer will lead development of £40bn plan across the north of England The government's newly appointed "MMC champion" Mark Famer will be tasked with developing the recently announced hi-tech...
18.12.2019
Accounts for start-up modular builder reflect investment in manufacturing capability, firm says. Start-up modular builder Ilke Homes has posted a £22m loss for the year to March 2019. The firm, formed by a collaboration between housing...
17.12.2019
Homes built with modern methods of construction are "blight" on communities, designer says Senior housing architects have hit out at the government's drive to transform the housing industry through the use of modern...
17.12.2019
More than half of quantity surveyors have seen a rise in the use of modern methods of construction in the past three years, according to a survey by the RICS. In the RICS' quarterly survey of construction consultants, 53% of...
17.12.2019
Modular housebuilder considering new facility following £30m Homes England loan Modular housebuilder Ilke Homes is looking to open a second factory producing its steel-framed volumetric houses following the decision by quango...
17.12.2019
John Corbett. John Corbett, sales director UK at EnOcean, outlines how modern methods of construction and smart technologies can revolutionise the building process and the way we live. Rising populations and changing...
17.12.2019
A modular homes specialist granted £30m of government funding this week racked-up a pre-tax loss of £7.7m in its latest published accounts. Figures posted at Companies House by ilke Homes Limited show the firm made a...
16.12.2019
Modular housebuilder Ilke Homes formed in 2017 from a joint venture between housing contractor Keepmoat and steel frame specialist Elliott and last week bolstered its ambitions to ramp up supply after securing a £30m loan from Homes England....
16.12.2019
Offsite Solutions, a bathroom pod manufacturer, has acquired Taylor and Kilduff, a steel fabrication business to bring the manufacture of base frames for its steel-framed pods in-house Taylor and Kilduff has over 15 years' experience...
15.12.2019
Manifesto also promises to deliver 1 million new homes The Conservative Party has pledged to support the use of modern methods of construction in its general election manifesto. The manifesto, launched...
15.12.2019
Countryside Properties is to build 1,400 modular homes in the coming year, after its new modular panel factory became operational in March this year. So far, Countryside's modular panel factory in Warrington has delivered 376...
14.12.2019
Latest accounts reveal the East Midlands offsite specialist, which delivered the Hinkley Point site worker village, suffered a £0.74m loss this year after falling £3.7m into the red in 2018. The firm said it had a very...
13.12.2019
The Welsh government has promised to inject £30m into housing schemes, including £10m for factories to build modular homes, as part of wider funding for key projects. The money will come via a round of funding from the Wales...
12.12.2019
A new type of compact nuclear power station is to be researched by a consortium including Laing O'Rourke, Bam Nuttall and Atkins. Nine companies are providing an initial investment of £18m to the project, which matches £18m of...
11.12.2019
Modular housebuilder Built & Spaces has created its own software that it claims can accelerate the housebuilding process to just 10 weeks from start to completion. The Build My Home software lets customers assemble their...
10.12.2019
A new range of floating modular homes has been designed by the architect behind the Stirling Prize-nominated revamp of London Bridge railway station. Grimshaw teamed up with Dutch manufacturing group Concrete Valley to produce...
10.12.2019
As part of the Inside Offsite factory tour programme, precast concrete specialists FP McCann once again opened up its Byley manufacturing facility to showcase its innovative offsite technology. With a focus on the structural and architectural...
09.12.2019
Following its 2019 success, Focus on Framing is set to return next year as the event that is showcasing light steel framing solutions. The seminar will take place on 29th January at the Building Centre, London, taking an in-depth look at...
08.12.2019
Each home that rolls off the production line is fully accredited by Britain's major insurers and lenders Homes England's cash injection will be used to turbo-charge production at the firm's Knaresborough production...
08.12.2019
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) wished to create one of the foremost automotive design and engineering centres in the world and used timber to reflect the design quality associated with one of the UK's most iconic businesses. Winner of two...
07.12.2019
Delays have beset student housing schemes of late, but one solution exists to help speed up delivery It wasn't the best start to students' academic life. In early October, it emerged that hundreds of them across the UK had been forced to...
07.12.2019
Offsite construction specialist Caledonian Modular has narrowed its losses in 2019, and now expects to make a profit in 2020. In 2018, the company, based in Newark in Nottinghamshire, suffered a pre-tax loss of £3.7m on...
06.12.2019
The McAvoy Group has been awarded a £5.5m contract for the offsite construction of a new three-storey Art, Design and Technology Centre at The Deepings School near Peterborough Built under phase two of the Priority School...
06.12.2019
With offsite construction taking many health and safety concerns out of the construction equation, Andy Green, Business Development Director at BM TRADA, discusses the importance of an effective health and safety management system. It comes as...
05.12.2019
Company targets £200m turnover and 1,000 staff! Toomebridge headquartered concrete products manufacturer Creagh Concrete has invested £1m in new offices to accommodate the company's growing workforce. One of the UK's largest...
05.12.2019
Report predicts rapid growth in sector in next six years The global market for modular and prefabricated buildings is set to be worth over £165bn globally by the middle of the next decade, according to a report by analysts...
05.12.2019
The offsite sector is underpinned by precision designed and manufactured components and systems. Heath Hindmarch, Chairman of PSP Group describes how façade and rainscreen cladding solutions produced in a factory environment are increasingly being...
04.12.2019
Architects should be better trained in designing modular and prefabricated buildings, according to the government's new tsar for modern methods of construction (MMC) Mark Farmer was named MMC 'champion' by housing minister...
04.12.2019
The McAvoy Group has been awarded a £5.5million contract for the offsite construction of a new three-storey Art, Design and Technology Centre at The Deepings School near Peterborough. Built under phase two of the Priority School...
04.12.2019
Offsite specialist Caledonian has secured a £4m design and build deal with Whittington Health NHS Trust for a new clinical education facility. Caledonian has supported the client’s team through the design and planning process and will now...
04.12.2019
The construction industry has increased its research and development (R&D) spending to a record high, partly to more interest in developing Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) according to Catax. The industry raised its R&D spending to...
03.12.2019
Jim Roach, managing director of ARV Solutions, takes a look at whether party politics or internal politics will have the biggest impact on the offsite construction sector Is party politics where we should place the most...
03.12.2019
Northumberland County Council has embraced offsite construction for first time with a pioneering 14-week programme for a primary school extension at Horton Grange Primary School. CPC – the new partnership between LHC and Northern Housing...
02.12.2019
In the twelve months since the last Modular Matters conference, the political and investment landscape has changed beyond recognition. Whilst the national media focuses on the political wranglings surrounding BREXIT and more recently, the election...
02.12.2019
National industry body Constructing Excellence is to become the newest delivery partner of the £72m government-backed Construction Innovation Hub. With an extensive network of national and regional members, which cuts across...
30.11.2019
There are many things to bear in mind when approaching offsite construction, Amy Crick, Head of UK RE Transaction Management, Barclays Corporate Banking, outlines a few key considerations when seeking finance for modular developments. ...
30.11.2019
The use of offsite construction and the timber industries will be key in helping the Government meet its housebuilding targets, according to a report launched by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Timber Industries (APPG). The report...
29.11.2019
Metframe's pre-panelised system helped deliver a new student block combining a flexible modern interior with an attractive traditional exterior in just 13 weeks Founded nearly 65 years ago, CATS College is an innovative...
28.11.2019
The lifting of pods and modules is a critical process in the manufacture and install of offsite units, usually resulting in a more complex lift than the traditional lifting operations carried out on constructions sites. Anthony Culshaw, Technical...
28.11.2019
With two key projects under the spotlight, we hear more  about Spantherm – the innovative insulated precast concrete ground-floor system which is being adopted by a growing  number of housebuilders and developers.  ...
28.11.2019
Agency Homes England's cash to "turbo charge" modular housebuilder Homes England is lending £30m to modular housebuilder Ilke Homes, in a bid to "turbo charge" production at the Knaresborough-based firm. ...
27.11.2019
Liverpool-based manufacturer rolls out its Our Home portfolio Ideal Modular Homes has launched a new range of affordable factory-built homes which it claimed could slash residents' energy bills by more than 50%. ...
27.11.2019
Housing minister Esther McVey is has announced government plans to create a new 'centre for excellence' for modern methods of construction (MMC) in the north of England to boost construction of new homes. McVey visited...
27.11.2019
Protect Membranes, UK producer of roofing and construction membranes, has introduced Protect VB200, a reflective air and vapour control layer with an integral self-sealing adhesive backing, designed for use in either flat warm roof construction...
26.11.2019
Heathrow Airport has unveiled new tracking technology that will allow it to connect its network of offsite construction hubs around the UK, which will be used in the construction of a new runway. The technology, devised by...
26.11.2019
Offsite specialist The McAvoy Group has strengthened its board with the appointment of Farrans Scotland and Northern Ireland director Martin O'Neill. O'Neil joins as contracts director, bringing over 25 years' experience in...
26.11.2019
With offsite construction on the rise as a more efficient, high quality and sustainable option for delivering affordable housing, MEDITE SMARTPLY highlights some of its ground-breaking products As a concept, offsite...
25.11.2019
Innovation funding specialist the MPA Group highlights the main advantages of modular construction and the key sector issues it is helping to address Modular construction is the process where building components are produced in a factory,...
24.11.2019
Be wary when amending standard form payment provisions for modular construction Modular construction is on the rise, particularly in the hotel sector. But a recent case highlights the dangers when amending standard form...
23.11.2019
Tide Construction has craned the final pod into place on the world's tallest modular building in Croydon. The last of 1,526 modules have been assembled on site in south London to create two towers measuring 44-storeys and 38-storeys....
22.11.2019
A new exhibition currently open in Glasgow is showcasing sustainable buildings factory-made from wood, demonstrating how innovative timber engineering methods can overcome traditional construction challenges. Supported by Scottish...
21.11.2019
Housing minister unveils plan for new MMC hub and funding for offsite homes Housing minister Esther McVey has announced plans for a new hub promoting modern methods of construction (MMC) in the north of England, alongside £38m in...
14.11.2019
With stories of housing crises crossing borders and seas, politicians, policymakers, architects, developers and housebuilders from across the world have been trying to come up with solutions as to how new homes can be built quickly enough to meet...
13.11.2019
The UK's first dedicated post-graduate architecture course covering modern methods of construction (MMC) is being developed by Oxford Brookes. The university is working with Hawkins Brown and other architects to create a...
12.11.2019
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? ...
11.11.2019
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...
11.11.2019
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...
10.11.2019
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...
09.11.2019
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 ...
08.11.2019
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,...
06.11.2019
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. ...