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Losses build at L&G’s modular homes business

Legal & General (L&G) suffered a loss of more than £20m in its modular home building division last year. The latest accounts for L&G Homes Modular show the business reported an operating loss of £20.6m last year....

2nd September, 2019  |  Read More >


Offsite activity ‘can boost flagging UK manufacturing’

Government urged to back offsite as manufacturing output slides The government has been urged to throw its weight behind offsite manufacturing in the housebuilding sector after new data showed traditional manufacturing output...

1st September, 2019  |  Read More >


MPBA: Raising the profile of innovative modular building solutions

As the single recognised voice for promoting and marketing members' products and services, the MPBA plays a key role in the connecting of sectors in the modular and portable building industry Throughout 2019, the MPBA will be...

1st September, 2019  |  Read More >


Construction Innovation Hub invites firms to help develop new "kit of parts" to transform sector

Construction's largest ever government-backed initiative is offering innovative businesses the chance to be part of a programme which will create the next generation of new build projects. The Platform Design Programme, announced today...

31st August, 2019  |  Read More >


DfE wants to transform the construction sector with offsite building boom

Department wants to double number of schools built using method year on year The Department for Education has said it wants to double the amount of schools built using modular construction every year from now on. ...

30th August, 2019  |  Read More >


SIPs are coming to the fore in modular construction

There is no question that a contractor can construct better quality buildings, build them faster and provide exceptional eco-benefits, using Hemsec SIPs A leading manufacturer of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) and other panel...

30th August, 2019  |  Read More >


Digitising offsite construction

David Clark, Manufacturing Director at offsite specialists The McAvoy Group, looks at the latest techniques for digitising construction and how the new technology is taking offsite to the next level. BIM has been the subject...

28th August, 2019  |  Read More >


Council approves Fraser Brown Mackenna’s shipping container homes

Fraser Brown Mackenna Architects has secured planning permission for a series of small one-bed homes made from shipping containers Aylesbury Vale District Council approved the London practice's proposals to replace residents' garages...

28th August, 2019  |  Read More >


Government yet to carry out ‘comprehensive assessment’ of MMC outcomes

The government has admitted it has not "comprehensively" assessed the cost, environmental or build time impact of using modern methods of construction (MMC) to build new homes. In a written answer to a question from...

26th August, 2019  |  Read More >


Goldman Sachs backs Places for People with £50m loan

US investment bank Goldman Sachs has made another move into the UK housing market by sealing a financing deal with development firm Places for People. It announced it had lent £50m via a senior unsecured loan facility to the...

26th August, 2019  |  Read More >


SES Prism relocating to Coventry creating 40 jobs

An award-winning engineering specialist has announced plans to relocate a manufacturing facility to Coventry creating around 40 jobs. SES Engineering Services (SES) will move its dedicated off-site manufacturing arm,...

25th August, 2019  |  Read More >


Know Your Worth

Each year the team of expert recruiters at ARV Solutions get together to put together the Offsite Salary Guide. What’s inside the latest edition that you will find included with this issue of Offsite magazine? The Guide – now in its...

25th August, 2019  |  Read More >


Revamping the System: Planning & Offsite

Arup is the latest organisation to publish advice and guidance on how to realise the benefits of offsite construction. The new report focuses on the role of the planning system and how it could reform to boost housebuilding numbers. ...

25th August, 2019  |  Read More >


Hemsec announces appointments to support MMC growth

Timber and metal-faced composite insulated panels manufacturer, Hemsec, has made two senior appointments to boost the industry's need for materials used in Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) Ingrid Lovatt will...

24th August, 2019  |  Read More >


New Methods Demand Fresh Balcony Solutions

Balconies make apartment buildings more visually interesting and give residents some ‘outdoor’ space, enhancing marketability. New materials and systems for offsite manufactured buildings bring fresh balcony challenges – sparking...

24th August, 2019  |  Read More >


11 modular homes get the go-ahead in Bristol

ZEDPods has received planning permission from Bristol City Council to build 11 modular homes above the Chalks Road car park in Bristol The modular homes scheme, including nine one-bedroom pods and 2 two-bedroom pods, will be the first...

23rd August, 2019  |  Read More >


250-home development in Preston to be built using MMC

A joint venture between Trafford Housing Trust, L&Q and contractor Willmott Dixon using modern methods of construction is set to deliver 250 homes on a Homes England site in Preston. The development vehicle Laurus...

23rd August, 2019  |  Read More >


Get more from your structural floor

EGGER Protect is the only chipboard flooring on the market, that once laid, can be exposed to the elements for up to 60 days. Manufactured from EGGER P5 flooring grade particleboard, EGGER Protect features a durable, anti-slip, weather...

23rd August, 2019  |  Read More >


Modern Methods of Construction: Good foundations or built up too much?

Ian Atkinson and Ryan Lavers of law firm Womble Bond Dickinson examine the rise of Modern Methods of Construction and whether they are having the impact predicted For over a decade, there have been calls for the construction...

22nd August, 2019  |  Read More >


All sorted with hybrid construction

An innovative internal hybrid CLT and steel frame solution has been used to transform a derelict 1855 Post Office on Islington’s Essex Road. The Old Sorting House, by Ben Adams Architects for Martin’s Properties, has achieved BREEAM Excellent...

22nd August, 2019  |  Read More >


Modular builder hires envelope expert as technical chief

Modular housebuilder Project Etopia has hired building envelope specialist Mike Mapston as its new chief technical officer. Mapston has 40 years' experience in offsite building and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute...

21st August, 2019  |  Read More >


Graham to embrace MMC as profit dips

Privately owned contractor Graham has set out a five-year plan to embrace modern methods of construction (MMC) and improve productivity, as the company posted a reduction in both pre-tax profit and turnover for 2018/2019. ...

21st August, 2019  |  Read More >


Transition: site to offsite

The move of construction works with tradespeople performing site based works, either sub-contract or direct for main contractors, to a factory-based production line is not going to be as easy as many might think. Stephen Boyd, Managing...

21st August, 2019  |  Read More >


Manchester looking into offsite housing delivery programmes

City keen to promote modern methods of construction, says council's housing director Manchester council would need to "think really carefully" about partnering with start-up offsite construction companies on its expanding...

20th August, 2019  |  Read More >


Mapping the route ahead

As the Light Steel Frame Association (LSFA) continues to grow and gather momentum, we caught up with two founding members for a quick Q&A about the steel frame sector and the offsite market. With a remit to influence legislation...

20th August, 2019  |  Read More >


Substantial investment and vertical integration

Since the last Modular Matters conference and exhibition in 2018, the sector has seen exponential investment and growth, with global brands such has Sekisui House and Goldman Sachs entering the offsite arena. Modular construction is...

18th August, 2019  |  Read More >


Modular matters in Croydon

Standing at 38 and 44 storeys when completed later this year,  101 George Street in Croydon uses 1,524 modules and will be  the tallest modular towers in the world delivering a stunning  546 apartments in super-quick time. ...

18th August, 2019  |  Read More >


Council aims to be first to bring Ikea modular homes to UK

The local council in Worthing, West Sussex, aims to be the first to bring modular homes built by a joint venture between Ikea and Skanska to the UK. Worthing Borough Council said it was looking to enter an agreement with...

18th August, 2019  |  Read More >


Government urged by MPs to ‘act fast’ with offsite construction

A panel of MPs has urged ministers to 'act fast' to create the conditions for a new style of prefabricated housebuilding if they want to stand any chance of meeting its ambitious targets The Housing, Communities and Local...

17th August, 2019  |  Read More >


Patalab Architecture win approval for 'world's tallest' shipping container building

Patalab Architecture has won approval for what it claims will be, on completion, the tallest building in the world made from shipping containers Approved this week by Tower Hamlets council, the nine-storey office development in...

16th August, 2019  |  Read More >

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