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  • Modular ‘can deliver 75,000 homes per year’ with Whitehall’s backing

    A new report has claimed the industry could deliver 75,000 homes per year through modular methods of construction with government backing.

    Cast Consultancy chief executive and government adviser Mark Farmer (pictured) has collaborated with Mike De’Ath, a partner at architect HTA Design, on a new report – Build Homes, Build Jobs, Build Innovation. The pair argue that modular construction can speed up the delivery of housing, boost productivity and improve quality.

    https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/

  • Building new homes to be moved in-house

    The government has confirmed plans for a revolution in housebuilding with a big investment in factory-built homes.

    Robert Jenrick, the housing secretary, said that he wanted modern methods of construction to be “a significant part of our future housing investment plans and indeed of the spending review later this year”.

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/

  • Cautious welcome for September’s UK construction boost

    Construction industry leaders have cautiously welcomed the quickest rise in new business since lockdown but, although optimism is at a seven-month high, fears persist that construction is currently in the ‘calm before the storm’ with a challenging winter and further potential lockdowns ahead.

    http://www.infrastructure-intelligence.com/

  • PM signals boost to housebuilders with pledge to put two million on housing ladder

    Boris Johnson says reform of mortgage market will spark ‘biggest expansion of home ownership since the 1980s’

    Boris Johnson has used his speech to the Conservative Party virtual conference to set out plans to reform the mortgage market to get two million first-time buyers on the housing ladder.

    https://www.building.co.uk/

  • Johnson promises thousands of construction jobs to boost recovery

    Prime minister Boris Johnson has confirmed his government’s commitment to using construction to help rebuild the economy in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

    https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/

  • ‘Build build build’: Prime Minister announces New Deal for Britain

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce a “New Deal” which puts jobs and infrastructure at the centre of the government’s economic growth strategy.

    https://www.gov.uk/

  • Built Modular: Modular Construction for Temporary Building Needs

    The nature of prefabricated, modular construction allows for factory assembly without dealing with nature’s elements. This process allows development to happen quicker and less expensively, an attractive option for many building projects’ needs.

    https://marketscale.com/

  • Time for modular construction to come into its own

    Housebuilders may be going back on site but do we need to move away from the more traditional methods of construction if we are going to have any chance of meeting the country’s housebuilding targets, asks Caroline Hanratty.

    https://placetech.net/

  • Actis welcomes Hackitt’s call to increase offsite manufacturing

    Modern Methods of Construction play a vital role in ensuring the ‘new normal’ is greener and more efficient, according to Dame Judith Hackitt and construction minister Nadhim Zahawi. "There are good opportunities for the industry to transform itself. We need to change the culture in construction. Actions taken during this crisis show the industry can adapt."

    https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/

  • This week #tbt has us look back at the Hester Architect Hope Street project.

    Hope Street stretches from the city's Roman Catholic cathedral, past the Anglican cathedral to Upper Parliament Street.

    https://www.offsitehub.co.uk/projects/hope-street-by-hester-architects/

  • Could MMC be the solution to the UK's post-coronavirus housing backlog?

    Modern construction needs modern financing. If politicians don’t understand the game, it’s time they learned at least to avoid scoring an own goal.

    https://developmentfinancetoday.co.uk/

  • 2020: The year modular construction goes mainstream?

    In reviewing the events of 2019 and planning for the year to come, one thing is clear: 2020 is the year the housing and construction industries must change.

    Even with a lot of talk and effort directed towards tackling the affordable housing crisis, a look at the numbers shows at best shaky progress, with the outlook for issues such as affordable homeownership appearing bleak if the status quo is maintained.

    https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/

  • Offsite activity ‘can boost flagging UK manufacturing’

    Government urged to back offsite as manufacturing output slides

    The government has been urged to throw its weight behind offsite manufacturing in the housebuilding sector after new data showed traditional manufacturing output shrank in July.

    https://www.housingtoday.co.uk

  • Modular building could halve project time in construction industry

    Modular construction could transform the construction market, offering possible savings of up to 20% while significantly reducing the construction time by up to 50%.

    The process would involve part of the building process being shifted to factories, offering the ability to create precision parts that offer a range of quality related benefit to overall project outcomes – including energy efficiency gains and better site safety.

    www.consultancy.uk

  • Modular construction: From projects to products

    What is modular construction and how has it evolved

    Shifting construction away from traditional sites and into factories could dramatically change the way we build. Will modular construction make a sustainable impact this time around, asks a McKinsey report

    http://www.engineersjournal.ie

  • Offsite modular construction cuts building time by

    up to 50%

    UAE Vision 2021 aims to make the country one of the most advanced in the world.

    Essentially, off-site modular construction allows for a building to be divided into smaller sections which can be prefabricated in a factory setting, transported and assembled on-site. Individual sections can be manufactured simultaneously, allowing multiple activities to happen in parallel, dramatically decreasing project delivery timelines, with an average reduction of between 40 and 50 per cent for the large-scale projects we have delivered.

    www.oilandgasmiddleeast.com

  • Traditional vs modular: Deconstructing building methods

    Traditional and modular construction are very different from one another. Premier Guarantee examines the pros and cons

    Foundations are laid, walls are built, roofs are added and then the interior of the building begins to be created. Finally, before being handed over to the customer, the snag-list is drawn up and tackled – all those small issues and tasks that need addressing. Then, and only then, is the building officially complete.

    www.pbctoday.co.uk

  • Designing a better future using modular techniques

    Mark Farmer, founding director of Cast Consultancy and author of the landmark Modernise or Die review, looks at the rise of modular construction and examines whether the sector is really ready for take-off

    Mark Farmer, founding director of Cast Consultancy and author of the landmark Modernise or Die review, looks at the rise of modular construction and examines whether the sector is really ready for take-off

    www.pbctoday.co.uk

  • How Modular Fits Into The Future Of Real Estate Construction

    Clearly, the rise of modular construction is impacting the practice of real estate in a number of ways.

    Real estate and construction are two industries that have intersected for generations. There has always been an inexorable link between the two, and there always will be. Regardless of whether a broker or real estate firm has any intimate knowledge about construction, my recommendation is that they have at a minimum a basic knowledge of the latest industry trends. Even the most rudimentary awareness of current trends in construction will inevitably enhance any real estate broker’s ability to effectively serve the full range of their clients’ needs.

    www.forbes.com

  • Hotel opens five months early using modular construction

    Early check in? With modular construction the answer is yes!

    The Fairfield Inn in Folsom, CA was Marriott’s first hotel built using offsite construction methods. Guerdon Modular Buildings, a member of the Modular Building Institute, harnessed hybrid techniques while building the 97 room, 52-module hotel.

    www.bdcnetwork.com

  • Construction industry embraces unlikely source of growth: shifting work off the job site

    With high-capacity gantry cranes overhead, 65,000 sq. ft. of well-lit floor space and products at various stages of completion strung out along a tidy assembly line, PCL Constructors Inc.’s Agile operation in the Toronto suburbs looks more like it’s run by a manufacturer than by one of the country’s largest construction contractors.

    www.on-sitemag.com

  • Homes England supports local authority in modular pilot

    Homes England has funded a local authority to build modular housing in a pilot intended to spread expertise.

    The government’s delivery agency provided £120,000 to Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council in order to build four modular homes.

    The council has identified seven other sites and is working for other councils to share knowledge and expertise on modular housing.

    Homes England said the council is speaking to Warwick District Council, Stratford-on-Avon District Council, Rugby Borough Council and North Warwickshire Borough Council to share information from the pilot scheme.

    www.insidehousing.co.uk

  • The popularity of modular construction is changing the construction industry by offering solutions to long-standing problems

    Cost Benefits

    There are numerous benefits to modular construction when compared to traditional construction, perhaps most notable is cost. Both builders and buyers are finding big savings on modular construction. Prefabricated modules mean less labor and less time spent building onsite which allows for construction of buildings in smaller time frames, resulting in lower costs all around.

    Modules are built in a factory in a controlled environment using repetitive procedures and reliable machinery that’s unaffected by inclement weather. Using precise equipment allows for more detailed planning which assures that each structure needs an exact amount of raw material, reducing waste.

    www.thebossmagazine.com

  • Trailblazers: Modular homes

    At the end of the 19th century, swaths of the population were living in slums – and this was true of Liverpool.

    John Alexander Brodie, the pioneering city engineer, envisaged a way to build homes quickly and cheaply.He experimented with pre-cast concrete panels, and the country’s first modular homes were built in Eldon Street in 1905 (pictured).

    We have yet another housing crisis on our hands – and the future should be modular.

    www.building.co.uk

  • Councils

    ignoring modular have 'little chance' of tackling

    housing crisis

    “Anything that reduces build time and cost is a silver bullet for local authorities, councils and prospective buyers and any council not embracing modular housing stands little chance of effectively combating the housing crisis.

    “The usual rules of supply and demand might suggest that it is developers who stand to lose the most if the amount of housing for sale increases, but in reality this wouldn’t hit their margins.”

    developmentfinancetoday.co.uk

  • Modular homes

    to tackle

    housing crisis

    Land will be made available across Bristol to test affordable housing options over the next five years, according to the council's cabinet member for housing.

    Councillor Paul Smith announced the plan at the official launch of the Bristol Housing Festival at City Hall on 25 October, where he also committed council investment to building modular homes for one of the sites, to accommodate people in housing crisis within six months.

    www.bristol-is.com

  • What is

    Modular

    Construction

    And how is it impacting the construction industry?

    Modular construction is a type of off-site production. Factories build and then transport components to the jobsite. When someone decides to use modular construction, the first step is to find a factory that is willing to build a modular unit to their specifications. Because modular construction factories will build units to the specifications of the project rather than just copies of a unit. They can manufacture the interior and exterior and other aspects specifically for a project. The majority of the time factories construct modules to 90%. So the site crew doesn’t have to do very much to finish a project. So all that’s left for a project is practically transport and installation.

    esub.com

  • New methods of construction needed in London to combat skill shortages

    A growing skills crisis in London’s construction sector is strengthening the case for the adoption of modern methods of construction, according to a think tank report.

    Modular construction is a type of off-site production. Factories build and then transport components to the jobsite. When someone decides to use modular construction, the first step is to find a factory that is willing to build a modular unit to their specifications. Because modular construction factories will build units to the specifications of the project rather than just copies of a unit. They can manufacture the interior and exterior and other aspects specifically for a project. The majority of the time factories construct modules to 90%. So the site crew doesn’t have to do very much to finish a project. So all that’s left for a project is practically transport and installation.

    www.propertywire.com

  • Modular homes are the future of UK housing

    Modular homes set to revive ailing construction industry

    There’s one option, which could be a reviving shot in the arm for this ailing industry, and that’s modular construction. Rather than lay bricks and pour concrete on-site, sections can be manufactured in a factory, shipped to their destination and then bolted together for final assembly. The finished product can look very similar to existing buildings, yet 80 per cent of the work is done off-site.

    www.raconteur.net

  • Heathrow expansion to go modular

    Cabinet ministers have backed initial proposals for a new runway at Heathrow Airport, claiming it is an “historic moment”. 

    For many years, modular construction was thought to be largely box-type structures, providing a bare frame to accommodate construction site workers, large classrooms and residential homes. While the concept still provides benefit for these uses, more and more engineering projects, including the expansion of Heathrow airport, are incorporating the concept into their build as a way of minimising both cost and disruption to the client and end user.

    www.buildersmerchantsjournal.net

  • Amazon makes first investment in a homebuilder, backing start-up focused on prefabricated houses

    Amazon has made clear that it wants to own the smart home space. Now the company's going a step further, taking a stake in a start-up that's building actual homes.

    www.cnbc.com

  • A vision of the future? We visit a ‘modular town’

    Two large developments to house 1,500 power station workers have sprung up in just over a year. Martin Hilditch visits to see if the offsite scheme is a vision of the future.

    www.insidehousing.co.uk

 

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