Lack of Knowledge Two thirds of construction bosses expect to double the amount of construction work they carry out using offsite manufacturing (OSM) over the next five years, although the cost of investment and a lack of knowledge is currently holding the sector back. That’s according to a survey of 31 executives from the UK’s […]
Business Opportunities “Offsite construction methods are increasingly being used in all sectors of the UK, providing excellent business opportunities.” Off-Site Hub reports this as the view of Ian Pannell from Build Offsite, a company which has been advocating the intelligent use of offsite methods for almost 13 years. Ian argues that this view is increasingly […]
Is this Really Innovation? Eleanor Young writes that a one-bed wheeled home is being trialled on a housing estate in Bristol in an innovative bid to help solve the housing crisis. But is this really ‘innovation’ (see Britain’s Housing Crisis) Read more
New Research As BIM+ reports, the construction sector has struggled to embrace technological advancements in comparison with other industries. Lack of trust in other parties and traditional procurement approaches aggravate the inadequate levels of collaboration in construction. BIM processes and technologies have been contributing to address these challenges, but their adoption level remains slow globally. […]
Housing Delivery Funds A new government partnership with Barclays will offer development finance to small- and medium-sized housing developers. The £1 billion Housing Delivery Fund is an attempt to diversify the range of housing providers. Applicant developers will need a track record of delivering projects on time and on to budget, but the new fund […]
Stockholm New Neighbourhood Stockholm’s Centre Party has selected local firm Anders Berensson Architects to design a neighbourhood in the city’s central dock area that will include 31 cross-laminated timber towers.
“Build to Rent Booming” says RIBA 30% p.a. Regional Growth Build-to-rent development is ignoring the vagaries of the wider housing for-sale market, particularly in the regions, where the number of new homes in planning has increased by over 30% in the past year to almost 30,000 outside London. The regions are now rapidly catching up […]
TINA It used to be said of Margaret Thatcher, but according to Andrew Carpenter, Chief Executive of the Structural Timber Association, ‘There is Only One Answer’ (TINA) to satisfying government housing targets, and it is why offsite’s key players are lining up to take centre stage explains- innovative timber construction.
Collaborative Central Hub The world’s leading building science centre, BRE, has launched a Centre for Smart Homes and Buildings (CSHB) to exist as a collaborative central hub for industry, academia and the government. It will work to facilitate and improve the use of smart products and services within the built environment. Working with a range […]
Great Expectations? Despite our media-saturated world of Grand Designs, people still aspire to a modest house. People want to live in a robust, quiet home that’s cheap to run, provides sanctuary and is a place to raise their family. Expectations may not be high, but are they even achievable?
Central Bedfordshire College and a private developer have chosen ZEDPods, ready-made, quality starter-homes for a new development of 23 homes on college land. The one and two-bedroom houses, a break-through development in low cost, low carbon and high-quality homes, are fabricated off site. Their modular construction allows them to be rapidly erected on pieces of […]