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Buildoffsite comment on GLA Offsite Housing report ‘Designed, sealed, delivered’

Buildoffsite on the GLA Offsite Housing report ‘Designed, sealed, delivered”  released today:

 ” This report sets out how a once immature offsite housing market has matured and come of age.

 The speed of this sector’s maturity should act as a clear indicator and at the same time a warning to the Mayor and indeed all those involved in offsite housing provision, that engagement and action is required now, not tomorrow, if it is our intention (as a minimum) to maintain or increase current housing supply.

What is different about the London Assembly’s paper though is that whilst OSM is a key driver in increasing housing supply, and a must if we are to meet the levels highlighted in the report, they have recognised that this can’t be achieved without a coordinated and efficient supply chain.

 The London Assembly’s paper on OSM completes a trilogy of papers on the subject which includes the Offsite Housing Review produced in 2013, the Farmer Review produced in 2016 and now this GLA review titled Designed, Sealed and Delivered.

We have the evidence now we need the action”



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Cadcoe offers an award-winning advanced apprenticeship programme in 2D design and 3D modelling for the structural engineering and construction industry, helping people throughout the UK to access future-proofed careers in design engineering.

We think this is a great opportunity, for anyone in the offsite or modular construction industry, so have decided to bring your attention to it, as there’s only a few weeks left to get the ball rolling:

It’s been an exciting year for Cadcoe, a training provider of 2D and 3D CAD Apprenticeships for the construction sector. In March, the company partnered with Dudley College in order to offer employers access to the most current training for our industry.

Managing Director, Daniel Leech is encouraging employers from within the offsite arena to consider apprenticeships as a way of recruiting their future workforce and bringing new skills into their business; “In recent months, Cadcoe has seen a noticeable increase in demand from volumetric / offsite manufacturing businesses who are looking to increase their in-house design and detailing teams. The way our apprenticeship programme is designed, means employers will gain a proficient and work ready candidate from day one of full-time employment.”

From September 2017 Cadcoe will be delivering its 16 week fast-track computer aided design course, which forms the front end of its apprenticeship in engineering construction within the brand new ‘Advance II’ training centre – a purpose built facility for advanced construction technologies.

Cadcoe and its work with Dudley College has already attracted interest from industry leader Mark Farmer, who comments  “The partnership between Cadcoe and Dudley College represents a fantastic link between best in class organisations from both industry and the further education sector. It should be used as a shining example of the type of relationship that needs to be forged on a much wider basis to address the growing issue of skills shortages across the sector.”

There is limited space (and time!) for employers who are interested in recruiting a CAD Technician / Design Engineer Apprentice as part of its September course:


16 Week Course Start Date: Tuesday 18 September 2017
During this time, your Apprentice will spend one day in your workplace, alongside four days a week at Dudley College.

Commencement of full-time employment: Monday 22 January 2018
You and your apprentice will be visited by an assessor every 6 weeks.

Full Apprenticeship Duration: 12 months – 2 years

 What you need to know

  • Training is delivered by industry specialists, with over 20 years experience
  • £1000 grants available when recruiting a 16-18 year old
  • 100% funding for businesses with less than 50 employees
  • Specialist support, advice and guidance provided for Levy paying companies
  • We will source the apprentices, free of charge, based on your business needs Apprentices receive training in Autocad and Tekla and will be work-ready prior to joining your company full-time
  • You will be required to pay the apprentice the national training allowance of £3.50ph as a minimum

Also encouraging businesses to come on board and take notice, is Tim Hall, our Buildoffsite Director “Cadcoe has presented an innovative vision for skills development at several Buildoffsite events.  Our members recognise that they are ahead of the game in providing young people with an attractive and really valuable training opportunity through apprenticeships. The offsite community needs enthusiastic and skilled teams to ensure they create the technological advancements the sector needs and Cadcoe apprentices are a great way to make that a reality. It is inspiring to see a partnership in place, with a shared vision for education, that really understands the imperative to accelerate skills and productivity improvement within construction.”

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MMC Magazine feature BuildOffsite ‘THE NEED FOR NEW TRADITIONS’

New Faces

Happy to announce the team has grown a little this last month: we have Louise Smith with us as Interim Project Co-Ordinator and Nathalie Quinn working on Communications. If we can pin them down, we should be adding some photos so you can know who you are talking to!

Both will be overseeing the Hubs and bringing you more information on how to be involved and share your experiences with like-minded members at these immensely valuable events.

Find out more here:

Email with any questions, or suggestions on what you would like to be discussed as a theme or subject at a Hub.


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Andrew Dix FCIPS

It is with deep regret that we have to announce the death of Andrew Dix, the Chairman of Buildoffsite. Andrew’s sudden death has come as an incredible shock to us all. Our thoughts go out to his wife Julie and their family.

Andrew had been Chairman for only a short period but had begun to implement some impressive changes to put the organisation in the right shape to support the next stage of the Buildoffsite project. He was a rare talent and will be much missed.

The Buildoffsite Executive Group will implement some immediate measures to maintain the effectiveness of the organisation until a permanent arrangement can be put in place. There will be no loss of momentum in Buildoffsite’s work programme to build a better, more productive, construction industry.

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Buildoffsite Rail Hub Visit to Reading Station

On Wednesday 21st February, Buildoffsite’s Rail Hub visited the £120million redevelopment project at Reading Station, part of the Reading Station Area Redevelopment (RSAR) project, as part of their 2017 event programme. Hailed as an exemplary project by the sector, the project client, Network Rail, hosted the morning event together with HOCHTIEF and Costain who were partners in the project JV. The morning offered members a unique opportunity to hear about the conception, planning and logistics of this huge build, which was completed while maintaining full rail and station functionality. The presenters included Tim Monckton, Head of Technical Services at HOCHTIEF, Jerry Hayes, Project Director at Costain, and Jimmy McWhirter, Senior Construction Manager (Station) with Network Rail. The session focused on the construction and placement of the platform canopies and there were plenty of opportunities for questions, giving attendees an opportunity to gain additional insight into the project, the challenges it posed and the solutions found.

From its initial proposal in 2008, the scheme developed and adapted to meet changes and challenges, and was motivated to keep on schedule due to the severe consequences on other successor projects as well as the rail network if deadlines were missed. The scheme was successfully completed in 2014. Keeping the trains running and the commuters commuting made the logistics of the scheme particularly challenging, but the use of offsite build and a tightly planned schedule enabled the station to function with minimal disruption. A specially commissioned factory in Poole provided the offsite manufacture for the scheme, allowing onsite storage to be kept to a minimum.

A high level of collaboration between all parties and a low level of internal resistance to the scheme were highlighted as major contributors to its success. The lessons learned from this project have fed into other Network Rail, Costain and HOCHTIEF projects, with projected time and cost savings expected to be two of the key benefits.


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Buildoffsite – Building Connections September/October 2016

In addition to business as usual activities such as contact with Members and prospective Members, managing activities, communications and events. Buildoffsite is involved in developments that support the interests of Members and the development of the organisation.

During the late September/October period these activities will include:

  • Promoting Buildoffsite interests at the launch of Offsite overlay publication at RIBA on 28 September
  • Communication with the GLA about the use of offsite solutions to deliver strategic need for homes
  • Finalising arrangements for Buildoffsite activities at the Offsite Construction Show on 12/13 October including briefing Members on networking and knowledge opportunities and the delivery of 15 formal knowledge transfer sessions
  • Publication of the Autumn Buildoffsite Newsletter
  • Publication of the Buildoffsite Yearbook 2016/17
  • Arrangements for networking dinner on 11 October
  • Promotion of Buildoffsite interests at UK Construction Week Events
  • Planning for meeting with HSE on 25 October
  • Direction Group Dinner and Networking Opportunity on 26 October
  • Planning the collaborative event with the Institution of Structural Engineers to take place on 3 November
  • Review of Buildoffsite activities

If Members would like additional information on any of these activities please contact:

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Buildoffsite – Building Connections August/September 2016

In addition to business as usual activities such as contact with Members and prospective Members, managing activities, communications and events. Buildoffsite is involved in developments that support the interests of Members and the development of the organisation.

During the August/September holiday period these activities will include:
• Contact with air transportation clients
• Connections with Local Authorities
• Meeting with plant and equipment manufacturers
• Planning for the Offsite Construction Show seminar and masterclass programmes on 12 and 13 October
• Direction Group Dinner and Networking Opportunity on 23 August
• Direction Group Meeting on 24 August
• Contacts with I Struct E and with RIBA in preparation for collaborative events
• Planning the Forth Road Bridge Technical Visit and Networking event on 14 September

If Members would like additional information on any of these activities please contact:

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Offsite Construction Show 2016

The launch of OSCS2015 was a great success which makes OSCS2016 a significant date in the construction diary!


In October 2015, the offsite industry came of age, with its very own showcase attracting 2,000 attendees who represented every part of the UK’s building, construction, design and engineering community, combining to make the UK’s first ever national Offsite exhibition a resounding success.

On 12th & 13th October OSCS2016 will build on this achievement, we have a great show planned.

Register here

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