Females Preferred As reported in Construction Buzz #157, a third of UK home owners would rather hire a female builder, as opposed to a male builder, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
Lloyds Bank Report Construction Index notes that more than two thirds of house building companies are investing in some kind of modular or prefabricated housing, according to a new survey. House-builders are looking to so-called ‘modern methods of construction’ – doing as much of the work as possible in factories instead of on building sites […]
Offsite spend to increase 20% up to 2023 Writing in Construction Manager, Will Mann reports recent research showing that more than two-thirds of housebuilders are investing in modular construction, as the sector aims to improve standards and energy efficiency.
2 Million Remedials Needed According to BRE Research, 2 million of the UK’s 9 million homes with cavity walls suffer wall tie corrosion. They need remedial wall tie replacement. Richard Walker of repair and preservation specialist firm Peter Cox explains how to identify and determine the extent of the problem and outlines the repair and […]
Chinese Grasp the Opportunity As reported in Weekly Insight a few months ago, according to Construction Manager the Chinese seem to be taking advantage of these difficulties. For example, Chinese contractor Citic Construction, Chinese developer ABP, and Thai company CP Group have joined forces to create the East London Development Group to undertake projects in […]
Media & Ministry Frenzy As evidenced by The Telegraph and BBC recent ministry plan to help build 100,000 ready-made homes to try to solve the housing crisis, is attracting much attention. The Government’s major strategy shift to embrace pre-packed homes echoes the drive that followed the Second World War. Housing minister Gavin Barwell, has confirmed […]
Long History of MMC Alternative forms or modern methods of construction (MMC) have a long history in the UK. Post-war a variety of innovative house-building systems have been used extensively. NHBC Foundation’s 2015 industry survey aimed to establish current attitudes to MMC amongst larger house builders and housing associations.
The Urban House Having prototyped and trialled 22 homes on its Kidbrooke Village development in south London, Berkeley Homes, one of Britain’s best known volume house builders, is planning to build more factory pre-fabricated homes on the same site.
Dubai’s 6m x 12m “Printer” Using an automated robotic arm to extrude a mixture of cement and additives, this single story office was printed using a 6m high, 12m wide and 37m long platform.
Off-Site into Factories As house-building increasingly embraces factory based prefabrication, the associated logistics, especially transport to site, presents another set of issues.
Construction Expanding – Skill Shortage Growing Between 2016 and 2020 UK construction will grow by 2.5%. This is less than their 2015 – 2019 prediction of 2.9%, but will still create 232,000 additional jobs. 80,000 will be needed in 2016 alone, with the remaining 152,000 required between 2017 and 2020, with skills demand being rather […]