Dr. Sarah Williamson spoke to her colleagues at the last hearing of the Committee of Science and Technology of the House of Lords examining the external sector and praised the few “enlightened” private clients who were beginning to see the benefits of the methods of construction offsite.

The modular construction allows to know, in advance, the income that they will receive for the rent because thanks to the construction by modules they can industrialize the process of the construction and see, in a virtual way, the building.

“For example, a residential developer who wants to know when they will get rental income, will quickly and clearly see the benefit of having a solution with components, which can be built virtually.”

But Williamson said: “In terms of organizations that in modular construction or offsite there is a significant difficulty in seeing a pipeline, significant investment is required to develop component solutions.” Without visibility and demand, something is needed to drive that. investment.

For her the construction is struggling to create safe environments and the change towards modularity and offsite construction is achieved, as well as creating a more “safe” sector in terms of costs and times.

Williamson, who currently works for the BYLOR joint venture between Laing O’Rourke and Bouygues Travaux Publics at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant, believes that the offsite construction is still struggling to get rid of the idea that the prefabricated buildings of today are the prefabricated buildings of the postwar period and its temporality.

“The barriers [to the adoption of offsite] have to do with a perception problem,” he said. “Instead of seeing the benefits in terms of product consistency, reliability of the project, less dependence on traditional construction skills, what is presented is an increase in the initial cost and perhaps in many areas a perception of quality.

“People have in their minds the constructions of the 60s and 70s after the Second World War, which do not look at all like the offsite construction offer we see today.” “And at the other end of the scale there are opportunities in the housing market that seems stubbornly to traditional construction and to build on bricks.

“There have been requirements for developers of affordable houses, so why not drive a little innovation and think about that part of the market and ask them to consider design quality and other offsite criteria?”

In NIBUG we believe in the benefits of modular construction and offsite to have better control of costs and construction time, but also better quality and reduced construction time.


Source: Construction Manager Magazine

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