UK Offsite Manufacture: the challenges and opportunities for construction markets

Recent UK construction industry reports have signalled greater focus on the methods of Offsite construction. Offsite Manufacture for construction promises to deliver greater build efficiencies in the areas of: costs; build standards and sustainability; reliability; health & safety; labour and speed of construction.

The soon to be released Construction Market Report – UK Offsite Manufacture provides an impartial overview of market influences, market size, sector trends and lists key members of the decision-making unit. The report aims to help inform business strategy for construction manufacturers seeking to establish or grow their business in this sector.

The purpose of the report is to provide manufacturers and other suppliers with an understanding of the Offsite Manufacture construction market and the background information in a marketing plan format, looking at Political, Economic, Social, Technological factors.

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Offsite Manufacture for construction promises to deliver greater build efficiencies in the areas of: costs; build standards and sustainability; reliability; health & safety; labour and speed of construction.
Recent industry reports have signalled greater focus on the methods of Offsite Construction. Last October’s Farmer Review, “Modernise or Die”, challenges construction to do things differently, “to reduce the reliance on building in the same way that we have for decades if not centuries, with its heavy demand for on-site labour.”

More recently the government white paper into “Fixing our Broken Housing Market” seeks to encourage Modern Methods of Construction in house building, to boost productivity. The report “Tackling the under-supply of housing in England” also champions Modular Construction as the answer to meeting housing demand, during an ever-increasing skills shortage. Indeed, these reports all present Offsite as a potential answer to meeting demand, overcoming skills shortages and encouraging innovation.

Offsite Manufacture has a track record of delivering efficiencies. Use of ‘flying factories’ by Skanska and Costain for phase one of the Battersea Power Station redevelopment resulted in 44 per cent cut in cost, 73 per cent less rework and a 60 per cent reduction in time. Laing O’Rourke meanwhile says that 80 per cent of the Leadenhall Building was constructed Offsite, resulting in a 50 per cent reduction in deliveries to site, as was Vinci’s Circle Health building in Reading, resulting in a 20 per cent programme reduction and a 28 per cent cost saving.
Research by Arcadis shows Brexit could see British construction miss out on 215,000 workers, they say that “The likes of robotics and off-site manufacturing have never been taken as seriously as they should, but they could well make a sizeable difference.”
Often a tipping point is referred to when adopting new techniques, a point when it makes more sense to adopt the method in question and adapt, rather than remain. Surely now is the tipping point for the adoption of mainstream Offsite Manufacture? Or as the Farmer Review would say now is to time to ‘Modernise or Die’.

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More about the Construction Market Report – UK Offsite Manufacture research:

Competitive Advantage Consultancy Ltd has produced this research, “Construction Market Report: UK Offsite Manufacture” in response to growing interest. The purpose of the report is to provide manufacturers and other suppliers with an understanding of the Offsite Manufacture construction market and the background information, all in a marketing plan format. Qualitative and quantitative data provides a comprehensive review of Offsite Manufacture, identifying market influences, market size, sector trends and lists the key members of the decision-making unit. The report aims to help inform business strategy for construction manufacturers seeking to establish or grow their business in this sector.

The report will save you time by providing you with:

  • A thorough understanding of how Offsite Manufacture has evolved.
  • Analysis of market size, with projections for Offsite Construction, to help you identify opportunity size.
  • An understanding of how Offsite Manufacture is used by key construction sectors: Accommodation, Health, Education and Residential, to help target the sectors most relevant to you
  • Ideas on how each of these construction sectors could potentially use Offsite Manufacture, considering design process and routes to market, to inform your approach to gaining market share
  • Detailed analysis of the trends in the residential sector to help you identify opportunities and threats in this growth sector. This is complemented with feedback from leading housebuilders.
  • An overview of the key market influences in Offsite Manufacture, so you can identify the positive and negative influences on this market and plan accordingl

The report costs £500 + VAT and is available to purchase online at www.cadvantage-knowledge.co.ukPre-orders are now being taken, offering a £100 off list price. Order now to obtain the report 24hrs before public release for just £400 + VAT!

The report is due to be released on the 14th March 2017.

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For further information please contact:
Helen Johnstone
Competitive Advantage Consultancy Ltd
01276 378053
Helen@cadvantage.co.uk