Offsite Manufacture 2018 - Tipping point or false dawn?02 April 2018
Our members Baily Garner hosted the February CEO Forum which offerd a valuable opportunity to consider and debate the opportunities and risks offered by Off-Site Manufacture. From ‘Modernise or Die’ (the Farmer Report) through to the Government’s Industrial Strategy, OSM is seen as a way to tackle the skills shortage, improve quality and accelerate delivery.
The conclusions of the CEO Forum are:
- Central Government and Combined Authorities are clearing the way for MMC in residential development, encouraging the development of the supply chain through public construction and facilitating the conditions for a level playing field for mortgage finance.
- Other drivers are the skills shortage, advances in digital technology, Build to Rent and the recognition by housebuilders that it can drive profitability.
- There needs to be a shift in thinking from project to product, more inter-operability of systems, but also rationalisation of typologies by designers.
- It poses a challenge for architects to deliver great buildings and places, within tighter constraints on form. Architects are in general rising to the challenge. There is a skills shortage in the profession so it can help with productivity.
- In development, if not designed in from the start, contractors who are asked to bear risk under design and build contracts will default to on-site construction with some components assembled off site.
- MMC’s reputation suffers from its chequered past and an untested present. However, there is an alignment of key drivers that suggest we are indeed at a tipping point.
The summary of discussions and the list of attendees is available here.