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.
Lloyds Bank finding
The survey by Lloyds Bank of more than 100 homebuilders found that they plan to increase spending on “innovative building techniques” from 20% of turnover to 24% during the next five years.
Modular construction leads the way, with 68% of housebuilding firms saying they are investing in the methodology, followed by site-based modern methods of construction (61%), where components are brought together for assembly on site, and panelised systems (56%).
This boost for the offsite housing sector came as Laing O’Rourke secured a major vote of confidence in its design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA) process, agreeing a partnership with developer Stanhope and housing association Network Homes to use factory-build methods for the delivery of thousands of new homes over the next five years. The contractor’s first project will be a £200m, 550-unit scheme next to Southall railway station in west London.
Mayor of London Approves
Also in the capital, Mayor Sadiq Khan has approved plans by developer Pocket Living to build a 21-storey, 153-home residential tower in Croydon, which will be built using offsite construction methods (pictured).
The Lloyds report said that housebuilders’ reasons for investing in offsite techniques included improving efficiency, elimination of waste, better energy performance and better construction standards. The sector has been under scrutiny over the build standards of its new homes, with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for built environment quality criticising the 92% dissatisfaction rate in the last Home Builders Federation (HBF) customer survey.
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