Exploring Current Thinking in Offsite Construction

Architects' Datafile November 2020

Offsite construction is hailed as the answer to the construction industry’s most pressing problems, including speed of delivery, the ‘performance gap’ in quality, and an increasing skills shortage. With the Government having set a goal of 300,000 new homes per year, fast and efficient offsite construction is not just a business benefit for clients, it has become a political imperative. 

This Whitepaper demonstrates the design challenges posed by the rise of offsite construction, such as greater standardisation, but also the benefits for architects, from a more rigorous focus on build quality in projects, to enhanced collaboration. The views and experiences of design professionals in the sector provide illuminating findings for anyone involved in promoting or developing offsite construction. The findings revealed readers’ views on the main benefits of offsite for architects and projects more generally, which sectors were most suitable, the main barriers to uptake, and whether architects needed to engage more in the method  in order to reap the full benefits. 

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