Caledonian Modular contributes to House of Lords report on ‘Building for change’

Caledonian Modular, the UK’s leading offsite construction specialist, has provided responses to The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee inquiry into Off-site Manufacture for Construction

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee began an inquiry into Off-site Manufacture for Construction on 29 March 2018 and issued invitations to provide written evidences to be submitted to the Committee

Published 19 July, “The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee report ‘Off-site manufacture for construction: Building for change’ states that the construction sector as it currently operates cannot meet the UK’s need for housing and may struggle to meet the need for infrastructure. Given that the UK already lags behind other countries in construction productivity, and is facing a labour shortage, the Government and the construction sector must urgently find solutions.”

The report says that there is an urgent need for a ‘radical overhaul’ of the UK construction sector. The UK Government is now expected to provide a formal response to the report highlighting how it aims to address the points raised and actions required.

Paul Lang, Chief Executive Officer at Caledonian Modular, said; “The House of Lords committee has made it clear that offsite manufacture could help increase productivity, as well as the quality and efficiency of buildings, while reducing labour demands and the environmental impacts associated with traditional construction.”

He added: “Our written responses to the House of Lords committee are aligned closely with its findings. We also support its view that the take-up of offsite manufacture has been varied and limited because the construction sector is working with outdated and unsustainable business models that are not conducive to offsite manufacture.

The structure of the construction sector is skewed towards a handful of large and powerful players, who have limited interests in adopting, or even investing in, modern technologies and are resistant to change.”

A key part of the report is that offsite offers ‘clear and tangible benefits’, but that “much of the evidence” it heard painted a picture of a fragmented industry lacking in trust, when collaboration between clients, designers and contractors was required to make offsite manufacture work.

Caledonian’s methodology is to take a traditionally-constructed buildings and apply manufacturing techniques to drive efficiencies. It achieves this through three core areas – the use of BIM, design for manufacture and assembly (DFMA) and lean manufacturing techniques. Precision manufacturing then helps the company to provide a finished product that is more efficient and of far higher quality.

In a demonstration of the benefits of offsite, Caledonian has just completed Phase 1 of the £50m worker accommodation modules for Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, developed in BIM to a level 2 standard, on time and within budget – the largest hotel development in Europe for over 25 years. The level of factory finish on this project is unprecedented with the 1,496 modules complete internally and with factory installed cladding. Other recent new business successes for Caledonian, and its partner Architects HLM, include top spot on the £300 million ESFA Batch C Modular Framework.

View the full House of Lords report at: https://bit.ly/2uItUPp

Written evidence provided by Caledonian can be found at: https://bit.ly/2OrcT3C

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