AMRC Factory 2050 Tour

The Offsite Manufacturing & Technology Theme Group visited Factory 2050 at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre at Sheffield, to find out how their approach to manufacturing innovation is being applied to the construction sector.  The group were particularly impressed by the AMRC’s approach to industrial digitalization and driving profitability through productivity, in particular the approach … Continue reading “AMRC Factory 2050 Tour”

Response to House of Lords Inquiry on Offsite Manufacture for Construction

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee is currently carrying out an inquiry into offsite manufacture for construction.  The committee is considering the potential benefits of off-site manufacture for construction and any drawbacks and obstacles to its wider use. It also consideres how Government policy, particularly around public procurement, might need to change to … Continue reading “Response to House of Lords Inquiry on Offsite Manufacture for Construction”

Will traditional delivery models become obsolete? – Event report

This short paper sets out some of the key findings from the Offsite Manufacturing & Technology session at the Constructing Excellence Annual Conference on 12 December 2017. Interactive polls were used throughout the day to give verify how participants viewed offsite manufacturing and technology.  61% of respondents were positive that their organisation were in a … Continue reading “Will traditional delivery models become obsolete? – Event report”

Join us at Ecobuild

Next week is shaping up to be a busy week for Constructing Excellence at Ecobuild. We hope you will be able to join us for some or all of it. Tuesday 6 March Offsite Awards The Offsite Manufacturing Technology Group are being given VIP access to Explore Offsite at Ecobuild including access to VIP lounge and … Continue reading “Join us at Ecobuild”

5 things construction can learn from automotive

Learning from Automotive – Offsite Manufacturing & Technology Group Visit to Tata Steelpark On 25 January the Constructing Excellence were hosted by Tata Steel at their distribution and processing centre at Wednesfield, West Midlands, the largest in the UK.   Tata Steel have invested heavily in the facility including over £12 million in a dedicated Automotive … Continue reading “5 things construction can learn from automotive”

Construction has to change and fast. Does LEGO provide some inspiration?

“We are now at a point we have never been at before. The industry is standing on a burning platform and all other options have gone. It simply has to change”. Mark Farmer, UK Construction Week 11th Oct 2017.  The Burning Platform Over the last few years the construction industry has seen numerous reports, from … Continue reading “Construction has to change and fast. Does LEGO provide some inspiration?”

Offsite Theme Group – Words into action in the Midlands

We held the first working meeting last week in the Midlands. Why? Because we have resolved to hold each of our meetings offsite i.e. at a factory or related venue. We visited two factories which predominately supply the housing/accommodation  market and use a steel based solution. Both visits had common themes:-  the typical procurement route … Continue reading “Offsite Theme Group – Words into action in the Midlands”