Upcoming Events

Residential Hub event

19 March 2019 , 226 Church Road, Willesden London, United Kingdom NW10 9NR

The event covered the cost of offsite manufactured solutions for the residential sector both from a client and supply chain perspective. Is offsite cost effective & are clients ready to use more offsite to increase capacity?

This residential hub event looked at how the offsite sector is addressing cost, are clients getting value for money and what capacity is there in the sector to deliver a predictable housing supply to market that gives confidence to clients.

Key messages:

“Before you start designing think about your customer and what they want”

“Most traditional contracts end up 10% more in cost than offsite”

“Cost certainty is fundamental in modular and MMC”

“In reviewing the traditional construction triangle of time, cost & quality you start to understand the reasons for success and that offsite is not a one size fits all”

“Engagement with client in the beginning and throughout the process is key”

3 challenges the offsite sector faces:

  1. Procurement – manufacturers need to put themselves in the position of the client and come up with a solution to show the whole product including groundwork and foundations. They need to take the principal contractor type role
  2. Risk Profile – traditional route: if the contractor goes out of business there are other solutions available to the client. The offsite sector needs to collaborate in order to increase the risk profile and win client’s trust. Thinking has to go into providing other options and solutions if things don’t go as initially planned – there needs to be a consistency in approach.
  3. Speed of the build – it is seen as an advantage; however MMC providers need to think about what that really means and think in capital cost terms

What is the industry going to look like in 5 & 10 years time?

  • 5 years – There is a need for a massive increase in the rate of house building. We are going to see a big increase in the level of construction activity in housing by a substantial increase in offsite
  • 5 years – consistent delivery; 10 years time – more automation and greater efficiency
  • 5 years – a lot more will have changed. We will see the successful large brands in strategic partnerships
  • 5 years – planning and procurement will still remain challenges; 10 years – different planning and procurement environment
  • 5 years – market will have settled down and standardized


Dennis Seal, Buildoffsite – Welcome & Introductions

Tom Eshelby, Stelling Properties –  How can a vertically integrated developer, builder and off-site manufacturer best control their costs, supply chain and quality in the early days of establishing the business?

Andrew Goodwin, B+K Structures – highlighted how their product range can meet current regulations and deliver cost effective solutions to clients.

David Butler, UKAA & Mark Woodrow, BTR Partners – Challenges for the supply chain in meeting the demands of the Build To Rent Sector over the next 3-5 years. Articulated the scale of the opportunity and the barriers to be overcome to meet the ambitions of all parties.

Terry Mundy, Lloyd’s Register & Jeff Maxted, BLP – Quality
product will set materials and build systems apart from each other so what part will BOPAS play in ensuring future product is accredited to the right standards and why BOPAS.

Dennis Seal, Buildoffsite – Indicative Cost Analysis – What is a CSA? Why do we need one? How does it work? Who uses them?

Graeme O’Doherty, The McAvoy Group – How important is it that you get the cost thresholds right for your product range and what percentage of your product is manufactured in the factory, what does this look like on our indicative CSA. What do clients want from you most when discussing the cost of supply and how are you able to respond.

Tom Oliver, ilke Homes – Cost Summary Analysis for Modular

Jon Wardle, AMCM – What role can Construction and project managers play in delivering competitive offsite housing solutions? How do you balance quality against cost? What examples do you have to support this?

Alex Hyams, Alinea Consulting – What are the key drivers behind the cost of offsite housing product? What should our members look out for when selling or buying product? What part does quality play in selecting product? Why doesn’t offsite providers like tendering for work?

Bernard Williams, International Facilities & Property Information – Cost Comparator – How can clients be sure offsite provides the best solution and how can offsite solutions be compared to traditional methods. Why is offsite more expensive than traditional? (is it really or is the comparison between traditional methods and offsite construction biased)


Direction Group Dinner & Meeting

26 - 27 February 2019 , Location: Trimble Solutions (UK) Ltd. Trimble House, Gelderd Road, Morley, Leeds LS27 7JP

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27th February 

Buildoffsite Direction Group meeting

The event covered overviews of digital applications and case studies / speakers describing Digital in Use.

Welcome & Agenda, Buildoffsite

Craig Sewell, CoBuilder & Andrew Gamblen, Willmott Dixon

Following the Government Mandate of BIM Level 2 in 2016 there has been an explosion in the Construction Sector of technology and software to help modernise and make the sector more efficient. This presentation looked at the background of Digital Construction, examples of where technology has proved successful on and off-site, and how coBuilder can help provide the right information at the end of the project.

Graeme Jones, C-Probe and Royston Young, DASYS

C-Probe has, for over 20 years, monitored the performance of structures using its embedded sensors and open network electronic management systems interrogated and remotely controlled through internet access. These have developed to provide online service life tracking with add-on IoT options that can be incorporated into precast concrete elements for future resilience management. Teaming-up with Design Automation Systems the presentation discussed how past success is emerging to integrate digital design solutions into the BIM environment to assess, control and prevent infrastructure degradation to assure future sustainability.

Richard Kelly, Building Smart

This presentation looked at how digital transformation is enabling offsite by examining processes and examples from case study.

Craig Sewell, coBuilder and Gillian Smith, CADENAS

Presentation looked at how CADENAS, the market leaders in object digitalisation for the mechanical/engineering sector, have adopted the combined CADENAS/coBuilder solution for Wieneberger and TATA steel and how utilising complex product configurators, could provide a perfect solution for many Buildoffsite members.

Residential Hub event at Mitsubishi Electric



The benefit and impact of the supply chain on whole life costs and the predictability of offsite housing supply

The Residential sector is under pressure once again as there is a growing number of reports that are suggesting that in 2019 we are going to be building less homes than ever.

With government figures suggesting that we completed 220,000 homes last year and in light of the above does this mean that housing output is now in decline. If it is then “Why” and what can be done to alleviate the pressure.

The Residential Hub meeting on the 7th February at Mitsubishi Electric looked at the growing demand from investors as well as home owners who are looking to safeguard the longevity of their investments.

Dennis Seal, Buildoffsite

What is happening in the market sector?

Lack of homes, Brexit uncertainty and prospective interest rate rises negatively impact the volume of housing. However the positive side of this is that sales growth will slightly increase as house prices flatten.

What this means for offsite:

  • Next 5 years could see a move away from the conventional way of building homes
  • Market will be moving away from the standardised housing projects
  • It will be cheaper to buy homes
  • Millennials will want to have a say in how houses will be built

Trevor Clements, Hertfordshire Building Control: Fast Track Approval for Fast Track Construction

We need to contribute to efforts of building safe, durable and energy efficient buildings amid government’s increasing support for the sector.

Is offsite a risky business?

60 years on many of the buildings exist and some of them with listing status.

  • The performance and aesthetic of buildings have undergone massive improvement
  • The average new house put together in a factory environment is going to have a much better quality than one in a typical site building environment.
  • Performance gap: Offsite construction can only help in this regard
  • Fast track but not short cut

Stuart Bell, Mitsubishi Electric: Call to other members to open up discussions on early delivery and design of M&E with reference to supply chain and impact on whole life costs.

  • The quality, safety and design of manufacturing facility reflects offsite construction methodology
  • We need to add value to the sector and drive forward this type of solutions

*presentation to be added in due course

Joanne Booth, Lucideon The benefit of product testing on the supply chain and predictability of offsite housing supply.

Adrian Hall & Matthew Cockerill, JCB: How a well-established company is bringing a new perspective to offsite; including reference to the supply chain and whole life costs of approach.

Changing construction industry:

  • As processes change in terms of the way buildings come to market we have got to have a machine that can be used by contractors to facilitate that process

Massive skills gap:

  • Building houses in a traditional way is not going to deliver exponential growth. If we carry on doing what we have done the gap between supply and demand will get bigger. We have to embrace the change and Buildoffsite will allow us to satisfy the demands of the market.

Paul Foulkes, WAGO: With a focus on collaboration with other members including Mitsubishi Electric and how the supply chain is a key factor including how they have developed new working relationships.

David Whorwood & Gary Bright, Ideal lifts:

Challenging traditional thinking and disrupt the processes and complexities of conventional bespoke lift shaft construction on offsite projects.  How ongoing collaboration with other members and within the supply chain can simplify and improve the design, processes, management and safety of lift design, installation and maintenance.

*presentation to be added in due course

Charles Naud, Action Sustainability

Supply Chain School & Offsite management school are an industry led initiative aimed at building your understanding of offsite. They provide you with FREE practical support in the form of CPD accredited e-learning modules and training workshops, tailored self-assessment tools and action plans, bench-marking tools, networking opportunities and access to thousands of online resources. They would like input from the sector to help develop training programme and build capacity to train the whole industry on offsite. If you would like more information or to discuss further contact charles.naud@actionsustainability.com

Panel Debate – Picking up on the theme and speaker sessions the panel discussed the importance of the supply chain in offsite delivery, why clients should engage with them more to overcome design and cost barriers and why we should focus more on the whole life costs of the products we install to protect future budgets and expenditure. 

  • Offsite is the only solution to the housing crisis – to be successful we need to make sure we build durability and quality in what we build.
  • With offsite solution gaining proper momentum, collaboration between manufacturers and supply chain needs further encouragement.
  • We need to explain the benefits of offsite and what it can deliver – it is so much more than timber frame. There is a confidence issue with people as they automatically link offsite with poor quality, lack of mortgage. Offsite is not what it was before – it delivers a very different end product. Most offsite support is seen in the younger generation as they are being exposed to technology.
  • Millennials will make the decision – they want a product where they can have some say. Modular homes are differentiated by the ability to be customised. Adaptability in offsite needs to be looked at the same way we look at quality.

Supply Chain Workshop & Anglian Water Tour

31 January 2019 , Anglian Water Thorpe Wood House


The day combines an optional site visit at 8am followed by the workshop starting at 10.45am.

Site visit – Register Here

Meeting – Register Here

Transforming the Housing Technology Mindset with George Clarke

04 December 2018 , Mitsubishi Electric, Travellers Lane, Hatfield, Herts, A10 8XB

Sharing knowledge to change perspectives on building modern homes

Venue: Mitsubishi Electric, Travellers Lane, Hatfield, Herts, A10 8XB

Registration: 09:30

Meeting Start: 10:00

Meeting Close: 14:00

Join us on the 4th December for a special event with George Clarke, TV presenter, visionary architect, campaigner and educator. We will be discussing the need to de-carbonise heating and looking at how the electrification of heating is the answer to meeting the Government’s climate change targets.

In the UK we spend £32 billion a year on heating alone and it accounts for around a third of our greenhouse gas emissions. We need to change the way we produce and consume heat or we will not meet our long-term climate change targets. To get there, we are going to have to change the way we generate, distribute and use heat in buildings and industry.



As a market leader in commercial and domestic renewable solutions, Mitsubishi Electric is a pioneer in the development of renewable heat pump technology that offers improved energy efficiency and meets tough legislation. Heat pump technology has been used around the world for decades and Mitsubishi Electric has developed this technology to produce Ecodan – one of the most advanced, efficient heating systems available today.

*Please note: Spaces for this event are limited and therefore will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


Water Hub workshop at the Manufacturing Technology Centre

07 November 2018 , MTC (Coventry), MTC Limited, Ansty Park, Coventry, CV7 9JU


Water Hub Workshop and MTC Tour

MTC (Coventry), MTC Limited , Ansty Park, Coventry, CV7 9JU

The workshop focused on delivering the 2025 construction targets by examining the main challenges and drivers in the water sector from both a supply chain and water company perspective. 

All members can access the post workshop notes and presentations here


Key issues for UK construction

01 November 2018 , Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS

Key issues for UK construction

Central London

Meeting Start: 08.00

Meeting End: 13.30


Direction Group Dinner and Meeting

30 - 31 October 2018 , Laing O'Rourke, Explore Industrial Park, Explore way (off A619) Steetley, Worksop S80 3DT

Venue: Laing O’Rourke, Explore Industrial Park, Explore way (off A619) Steetley, Worksop S80 3DT

Demystifying offsite for residential

Exploring the potential of alternative offsite technologies and how to put them into practice. Learn about opportunities and limitations of offsite : design manufacturing and construction)

A workshop session designed for Social Landlords & small residential developers.

Speakers: McAvoyIlkeCaledonianRotherham Metropolitan Borough Council Elements Europe and Laing O’Rourke.


Home builders 2020 – who are the players and innovators?

03 October 2018 , The National Composites Centre, Bristol BS16 7FS


The impact and value of using offsite construction for low rise building such as garden towns, villages and cities and larger scale developments. 

The gap between supply and demand currently sits somewhere between 100k and 150k homes pa. How can offsite solutions capture all of, if not the lions share, of this requirement.

Support for the offsite sector has grown considerably over the past 12 months and at a disproportionate rate compared to previous years where growth was being achieved at a steady, if not at times frustrating, pace. Buildoffsite is working with its members (from all walks of the industry) to help the sector understand its attributes and limitations at the same time as enabling both the public and private sectors to enter the market –  not only well prepared and well informed, but with a network of like minded organisations who can support them in the process.

Please note that Bristol Temple Meads station is closed. Please use either Bristol Parkway or Yate.

The address for the venue is as follows and there is plenty of parking

National Composites Centre
Feynman Way Central,
Bristol & Bath Science Park,
Emersons Green,
BS16 7FS

Click here for a map

Final agenda

Members can register here

Non members can register here for a fee of £80.00

For further information please contact info@buildoffsite.com

Water Hub Meeting and Factory Visit

12 September 2018 , Nomenca, Warrington


Site visit commences at 8.00, please arrive in plenty of time for the tour to start on time.

Site: Winsford WwTW, Wades Lane, off Bradford, Winsford, CW7 2PB

This is a LiMA site where Nomenca’s Off Site Build Team have provided dosing equipment.

You will need to bring your own PPE as there are no spares available.

If any of you are planning to miss the site visit, please join me at the hotel for coffee where I will be from 9.00am, details below.

We shall continue at The Macdonald Portal Hotel, arriving by 10am for morning coffee with the meeting commencing at 10.30.

Cobblers Cross Lane, Tarporley CW6 0DJ


Don’t forget that the purpose of the day is effective communications so please come prepared to share in discussions. We also want to hear your good news stories which we’re hoping will become a regular feature and which we will be promoting within the Buildoffsite newsletter.


RESI Convention 2018 (attendee costs apply)

12 - 14 September 2018 , Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales

Buildoffsite Director Tim Hall joins line up at RESI Convention 2018. He will be speaking on 13th September.

Buildoffsite Director Tim Hall, Shaun Tate of Mace and Paul Rogers of Whittham Cox are the latest confirmed speakers at RESI Convention 2018.

The trio of construction experts will take part in the ‘Construction and Delivery’ stream of masterclasses and ‘ask the expert’ sessions on day two of the convention, which will take place from 12-14 September at Celtic Manor in Wales.


Member to member event hosted by Arup

06 September 2018 , ARUP, 8 Fitzroy St, Bloomsbury, London W1T 4BQ

Member to Member Event

Time: 2.00pm – 6.00pm followed by a drinks reception

Purpose: A once a year opportunity for the Membership to come together to contribute to the scrutiny and development of the Buildoffsite work-programme, to share their experiences of the big issues that are influencing the opportunities and challenges for the offsite sector in the UK market and to make those all important business contacts.

The afternoons discussions to include:

Overview of the prospects for the UK Construction Industry and the implications for Offsite

Introducing the Buildoffsite Forum members

Review from Tim Hall on activities, outcomes and opportunities

Opportunities for members to influence the future Direction of the Buildoffsite Work-programme

Networking and Discussion

If you would also like to bring a guest please advise of their contact details for us to register accordingly

Members can register here

Direction Group Meeting hosted by Polypipe.

29 August 2018 , Hosted by Polypipe in Aylesford


Raising our Game in the Manufacturing Supply Chain

Kindly hosted by Polypipe at their offices in Aylesford.

Agenda – Wednesday 29 August 2018.

Please note that parking at Polypipe is severely restricted and so they have kindly arranged a shuttle from the Holiday Inn, directions here

08:30: Register at Holiday Inn – London Rd, Wrotham Heath, Sevenoaks TN15 7RS Bacon rolls / tea / coffee
09:15: Transport to Polypipe
10:00: Welcome and introductions – Glen Sabin, Polypipe
10:05: Brief overview of the theme for the Direction Group – Tim Hall, Buildoffsite

11.10: Executive Director update including:

  • Buildoffsite’s current work programme
  • Buildoffsite Forum
  • New members
  • International engagement
  • Hub updates

11.30: Presentation on opportunities for collaborative Research Funding

11.50: A proposed Buildoffsite  led effort on Digitally Enabled Manufacturing

12.10: Events Programme (Paper to be tabled)

  • Member to member event, ARUP, London – 6 September
  • Residential hub event, National Composite Centre, Bristol – 13 September
  • Next Direction Group dinner and meeting, Laing O’Rourke, Steetley – 29-30 October
  • Offsite construction show – 20/21 November
  • Masterclass Session (eg C-Probe)

12.30: Member Feedback Session

13.00: Close followed by networking and lunch

14.00: Polypipe factory tour (approx. 1 hour)

Polypipe’s address is, Polypipe, Aylesford, New Hythe Business Park, College Rd, New Hythe ME20 7PJ.

Direction Group Meetings are also an opportunity for Members to share their views on topics that matter most to them. If you have any suggestions for matters that should be addressed then do please send the details to anna.whiting@buildoffsite.com

If you require overnight accommodation on the 28 August, we will be staying at the Holiday Inn Maidstone – Sevenoaks, London Road, Wrotham Heath, Kent, Sevenoaks, TN15 7RS. If you require a hotel room please contact them directly quoting “Polypipe” for a corporate rate of £81 bed and breakfast.  Telephone number: 0871 942 9054 website: http://www.himaidstonehotel.co.uk/Please note: If you drive to and stay at the Holiday Inn you need to advise the hotel reception of your vehicle registration etc, they have ‘Parking Eye’ cameras and you will get a penalty through the post if you don’t register your vehicle with the hotel.

Members can register here

Direction Group Dinner

28 August 2018 , Hosted by Buildoffsite in Aylesford

Prior to our Direction Group, a Members’ Dinner will take place on the evening of Tuesday 28 August at The Farm House, 97-99 High St, West Malling ME19 6NA at 7.30pm.

Please note that parking at the restaurant is severely restricted and so Polypipe have kindly arranged a shuttle to it from Holiday Inn, Maidstone, at 7.00 pm.

If you require overnight accommodation on the 28 August, we will be staying at the Holiday Inn Maidstone – Sevenoaks, London Road, Wrotham Heath, Kent, Sevenoaks, TN15 7RS. If you require a hotel room please contact them directly quoting “Polypipe” for a corporate rate of £81 bed and breakfast.  Telephone number: 0871 942 9054 website: http://www.himaidstonehotel.co.uk/ Please note: If you drive to and stay at the Holiday Inn you need to advise the hotel reception of your vehicle registration etc, they have ‘Parking Eye’ cameras and you will get a penalty through the post if you don’t register your vehicle with the hotel.

Members can register here

New Offsite Opportunity for Rotherham Metropolitan District Council

24 August 2018 , John Smith’s Room at Rotherham Town Hall, The Crofts, Moorgate Street, Rotherham, S60 2TH




Buildoffsite is working with Rotherham  Metropolitan District Council to engage the offsite construction community and attend a Meet the Buyer Event on the 24th August.

9.30              Registration (Lindsey Castle)

10.00            Welcome Jane Davies, Strategic Housing & Development Manager

10.20            Working with Build Off Site: Wendy Foster, Social Housing Officer/Fareita Udoh, Transition Manager

10.25            Scheme outlines: Nick Ward, Housing Development Manager/Wendy Foster, Social Housing Officer

10.40            Procurement Process: Clair Brierley, Category Manager – Corporate Procurement Service

11.00            General questions to the Panel

  • Clair Brierley (procurement)
  • Dave Scholey (technical and spec)
  • Nick Ward (bungalows)
  • Wendy, (pods)

11.40            Networking


The Rail Overbuild Guide Progress Review

19 July 2018 , WSP, 70 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1AF


A follow up to the well attended meeting on Building Above Railway Lines last year. WSP and Buildoffsite will be sharing progress on the Overbuild Guide, initiated in 2017.


The Agenda is as follows

10:00 Welcome – Nigel Fraser, Buildoffsite

10:05 Introductions – All

10:15 Summary of progress to date – Bill Price, WSP

– Out of Thin Air report published

– Initial Buildoffsite workshop conclusions

– Outline of what we want to do

– Information gathered to date

10:30 How can we make the transfer deck / building structure & services interfaces configurable and flexible? – All

11:00 What are the key characteristics that we need to identify and quantify for a typical 12 storey building using different construction systems? – All

11:30 Learning for motorway overbuild (e.g. for Heathrow expansion) – All

11:45 Next steps – Bill Price

12:00 Close

Members can register here.

For more information please contact info@buildoffsite.com

BOPAS Breakfast Briefing

11 July 2018 , Lloyd's Register, 71 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 4BS

Time                       08.30hrs – 10.30hrs

The Buildoffsite Property Assurance Scheme (BOPAS) has been developed by Lloyd’s Register, BuildingLifePlans (BLP), Buildoffsite, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, The Council of Mortgage Lenders and The Building Society Association to provide assurance to the lending community and valuers, that non-traditional systems of construction can be used in new house-building with total confidence and traceability, with the option of insurance cover to provide additional certainty.

BOPAS certification is available to designers manufacturers and constructors and will provide confirmation that properties, constructed using non-traditional forms of construction, will be sufficiently durable to support loans over a period of not less than 60 years. The availability of a BOPAS certification is a recognised means of managing financial and construction risk and serves as a primary gateway to mortgage finance across the sectors including institutional investors in new public and private sector housing developments, and client groups including RSLs and LAs.


08.00                      Registration & coffee and breakfast

08.30                      Introduction and overview of current Government initiatives in the Offsite sector–

Professor Nick Whitehouse

08.50                      The BOPAS Scheme:

– Context and benefits

-Accreditation process and database – Terry Mundy, Lloyd’s Register

-Durability assessment process

-Update on registrations – Jeff Maxted, BLP

09.30                      Accreditation awards to organisations who have successfully completed the BOPAS process

09.40                      A manufacturers perspective of the BOPAS process – Top Hat Industries

09.45                      Q&A and Discussion

10.00                      Refreshments and networking

10.30                      Close


To register please click here

For directions please click here

If you have any queries please contact Buildoffsite at info@buildoffsite.com

Water Hub workshop at the Northumbrian Water Innovations Festival

10 July 2018 , Northumbrian Water


The Workshop has been timed to coincide with the Northumbrian Water Innovations Festival, which is being held from 9th – 13th July and all previous Water Hub attendees should receive an invitation to the festival directly from Northumbrian Water.

The Festival in its second year is a truly unique event, taking 12 societal and environmental problems and applying design thinking techniques to try to solve them in five action packed days. Week beginning  Monday 9th to the 13th July 2018.

The focus of the Buildoffsite Water hub workshop will be Efficiencies and the event is open to Buildoffsite Members and invited guests.

Agenda to follow.

Members can register here

Non-members please email

Residential Hub Event, Height of Design:

04 July 2018 , Liverpool

Using offsite manufactured solutions to deliver medium and high rise residential accommodation is now more popular than ever,  in particular for the leading developers within the UK.

With the increase in the Build to rent market forecast to continue now is a good time to invest in quality efficient and desirable accommodation.

Outside of London there is a perception that the opportunity for this type of construction is limited but as will become evident from our next residential hub meeting this may not be the case.

Liverpool presents a fantastic opportunity to showcase the use of modern methods of construction and deliver homes not only at scale but well designed and configured in the process.

Taking the “ Height of Design “ approach has the potential to add significant benefits to the landscape in and around Liverpool, creating a positive and long term legacy in its regeneration.

Buildoffsite Residential Hub has assembled an outstanding list of experienced contractors, manufacturers and suppliers to present details about the schemes that they have completed, their experiences on the way and the partnerships that have led them or are leading them to undertake some of the UK’s most iconic housing led schemes delivered to date.

Prepare to be impressed by the scale and ingenuity of the market and how far we have come in a relatively short space of time then consider how you could participate, become more involved in the sector or benefit from the extensive networking opportunity that the Buildoffsite Residential Hub event can offer its members.

Click here for the Event Agenda

Members can register here

For non-members there is a fee of £78.55 per place and you can register here.

Address: Liverpool Business SchoolRedmonds Building, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, L3 5UG. Directions can be found on their website here.

Please note that Liverpool Lime Street Station will be closed on the 4th of July. The closest rail station is Liverpool Central and you can also travel to Parkway and then get a bus. More information ca be found at National Rail

A member’s recommendation for where to stay is the Nadler Hotel, nearby and reasonable, Click here for more.

Direction Group Meeting Theme – M+E solutions

20 June 2018 , NG Bailey Offsite Manufacture, Park 26, Kingsmark Freeway, Oakenshaw, Bradford BD12 7HW

NG Bailey are kindly hosting this Direction meeting.  9.30am – 1.00pm followed by a tour of their offsite manufacture facilities.

Direction Group Meetings are also an opportunity for Members to share their views on topics that matter most to them. If you have any suggestions for matters that should be addressed then do please let us have the details here: anna.whiting@buildoffsite.com

Direction Group Meeting agenda

Wednesday 20 June 2018, NG Bailey, Bradford

Theme: M+E solutions

09.30: Registration and Networking

10.00: Welcome and Introductions

10.10: Presentations to include:

  • NG Bailey
  • B+K Structures –prefabricated MEP solutions

10.55: Allan Griffin – The AMRC: Where Construction meets Manufacturing

11.10: Buildoffsite collaboration with BESA (then B&ES) to produce “An Offsite Guide for the Building and Engineering Services Sector”https://www.buildoffsite.com/content/uploads/2016/01/OffsiteGuide.pdf

11.20: Buildoffsite Forum

11.40: HS2 and MEP, Kier – tbc

12.00: Communications and Events

  • Offsite construction show
  • Hub updates
  • Newsletter
  • Collaboration with other organisations (HCA, Offsite School, Housing Forum…)
  • ICE

12.30: Member Feedback Session

13.00: Close followed by networking and lunch

14.00: NG Bailey factory tour

15.00: Close

Members can register here. Non-members please contact Anna Whiting on the address above.

Pre Direction Group Dinner

19 June 2018 , Hosted by Buildoffsite in Bradford

A Members’ Dinner will take place on the evening of Tuesday 19 June at the Massimo Italian restaurant located in the Gomersal Hotel, BD19 4LJ at 7.30pm.

Members can book their place here.

Non-members please contact anna.whiting@buildoffsite.com

If you require overnight accommodation on the 19 June, we will be staying at the Gomersal Park Hotel & Dream Spa, Moor Lane, Gomersal, West Yorkshire, BD19 4LJ. If you require a hotel room please contact them directly quoting “NG Bailey” for a corporate rate of £79 bed and breakfast.  Telephone number (0)1274 869 386 email reservations@gomersalparkhotel.com

Irish Embassy Event London Housing-What Next

03 May 2018 , Irish Embassy, 17 Grosvenor Place, Belgravia, London SW1X 7HR

London Housing – What Next?

Time: 3.45pm – 7.00pm

An invitation only high level knowledge and networking session jointly presented by Buildoffsite, Enterprise Ireland and Invest Northern Ireland. Hosted by Ambassador Adrian O’Neill

 Rising to the challenge

The population of London is growing at a rate unseen for more than 70 years. There is already a significant shortage of decent, affordable homes and the situation is deteriorating. The London Mayor has called for an annual programme to construct 66,000 new homes against the current record programme of round 46,000 and for 60% of these to be affordable. The big questions for this session are how can the industry respond to the challenge and how can offsite construction methods contribute to the delivery of a step-change increase in new homes across all tenure types?

There will be a welcome by His Excellency Mr Adrian O’Neill, Ambassador of Ireland

To register your interest please email anna.whiting@buildoffsite.com

Rail Hub and HS2 Workshop

27 - 27 April 2018 , CIRIA,Griffin Court 15 Long Lane London, EC1A 9PN

Open to members and non members

HS2 Limited, a member of Buildoffsite, has asked us to help them explore new ideas and address some challenges in relation to viaduct designs. To this end we shall hold a workshop to connect HS2 with potential supply chain members and develop a collaborative approach to help delivering 21st century designs for the viaducts required by the high speed line.

The workshop will be looking for ideas that can address the aesthetic, durability, programme and whole life cost aspects, in addition to the need for safety and buildability. Four viaducts will be used as examples in the workshop to highlight the challenges that the HS2 team is facing and to help the supply chain to think how they can better support HS2’s expectations. They will also provide insight into how HS2 may assess and compare options.

The event is open to all potential suppliers of viaduct construction systems, including concrete, steel and composites, whether they be members of Buildoffsite or not. With limited space at the venue we may need to limit attendance to one person per organisation: If you would like to register multiple people; please ensure the lead person is clearly identified.

For more information please contact kate.abley@buildoffsite.com  or phone Kate on 020 7549 3306

Buildoffsite Rail Hub General Meeting 26th April 1pm-5pm 

26 April 2018 , CIRIA, Griffin Court, 15 Long Lane London, EC1A 9PN  

CIRIA, Griffin Court, 15 Long Lane
London, EC1A 9PN  

All members are invited, (room capacity permitting).

The next Buildoffsite Rail Hub Meeting will be held on the 26th of April. At it we will present the latest Buildoffsite DfMA guide for Bridges and Viaducts produced with input from the group. We will also look at what we can do to support the London Underground Step Free Access Programme and how offsite can help deliver the vision outlined in the WSP report “Out of Thin Air, building above London’s rail tracks”. It will be a very interactive session, looking for ways of helping members  to collaborate to offer greater client value. Spaces are limited so we advise prompt booking to ensure a place.

Members please book here.

Non members please contact Kate Abley

For more information call Kate on 020 7549 3306

Student Accommodation & Direction Group Meeting

12 April 2018 , Newcastle University

The next Buildoffsite Direction Group Meeting is taking place on Thursday 12 April at Newcastle University, Barbara Strang Teaching Centre, Newcastle, NE1 8QB

Theme : University Estates and Student Accommodation

10.00 – 14.00 followed by a tour of the CIMC student accommodation which was delivered utilising offsite manufactured ‘modules’

Agenda as follows:

09.30:  Registration and Networking

10.00:  Welcome and Introductions

10.10:   Presentations to include:

  • Rachel Davis, Premier Interlink
  • Peter Boundy, Kier
  • Paul Bandeen, Newcastle University

11.10:  Construction Leadership Council Update – Construction sector deal

11.40:  Digital futures overview – examples of digital in use – Peter Foster, CoBuilder & Garry Fannon, Willmott Dixon

12.00: Communications and Events

  • Offsite Construction Show
  • Newsletter
  • Collaboration with other organisations (HCA, Offsite School, Housing Forum…)

12.30: Member Feedback Session

13.00: Close followed by Networking and Lunch

14.00: A visit to the CIMC student accommodation which was delivered utilising manufactured ‘modules’




A Member’s Dinner will take place on the evening of 11 April for those who will be staying overnight. The dinner will take place at Cote, 120-122 Grainger Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 5AF from 7.30pm and we hope that as many members as possible will be able to join us.

If you plan to stay over please find below recommended hotels:

Motel One Newcastle or search at newcastlegateshead.com

For those involved with or interested in the Housing/Residential Hub, please note that there is a Hub session from 14.00 to 19.00 on Wednesday 11th April.

Please register separately for this Housing/Residential Hub event on the 11th April here


Newcastle Residential Hub (& Opt in Direction Group Dinner)

11 April 2018 , Newcastle University


  Enabling Housing Delivery 

How pre-manufactured homes are being used to increase housing supply.

Influential speakers, engaging content and excellent networking opportunities, this event is essential for anyone involved in UK housing, off-site manufacturing, developing, purchasing and procurement.

Newcastle University, Barbara Strang Teaching Centre, Newcastle, NE1 8QB on 11th April

  • 14:00 Registrations
  • 14:15  Welcome
  • 14:25  Buildoffsite Housing Hub
  • 14:45  Brian Ham, Home Group – Capabilities and guiding principles for selecting offsite solutions
  • 15:00  Speaker to be announced
  • 15:15   Brendan Geraghty, GTA – Creating more homes using good design solutions that suit offsite
  • 15:30  Michael O’Doherty, One Public Estate – Opportunities & challenges of manufactured housing
  • 15:45  Afternoon Tea & Networking
  • 16:30  Political overview
  • 16:45  Panel Debate theme – Collaboration. Encouraging & exploring Buildoffsite’s role as enabler of collaborative projects through Innovate UK & the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund
  • 17:15  Open Discussion
  • 17:45  Other Business
  • 18:00 Drinks and Networking
  • 19:30 Dinner (£30 per head for dinner to non-members)

Panellists to be announced shortly

To register for the event please click here


For more information on this event please contact nathalie.quinn@buildoffsite.com

Raising the bar for offsite housing-BRE Event

26 March 2018 , BRE, Bucknalls Lane, Watford. WD25 9NH

26 April 2018
BRE, Bucknalls Lane, Watford. WD25 9NH
FREE to attend

Quality and performance of offsite housing: a consultation on an assessment methodology


This free workshop will explore the wider context of UK offsite housing construction and its place in the national response to the housing challenge. The session will cover the standards, assessment methods & schemes operating to assure offsite quality, durability and performance of components and systems. The program includes the work of MHCLG’s MMC Working Group and will inform discussion about delivering client, customer and insurer confidence in offsite enabled housing.

To register as a delegate please visit BRE here

Housing Hub Meeting: Procurement

14 March 2018

12.30pm – 5pm Moller Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge

At the request of Local Authorities, Housing Associations and developers in the Eastern region Buildoffsite will lead a workshop session on procurement specifically for offsite construction in the housing sector.
Influential speakers, engaging content and an opportunity for organisations within the housing sector to connect and collaborate, with regional information sharing and valued speakers forming part of the knowledge transfer.

To register for this event please click here.


12:30 Coffee & Registrations

1.15 Welcome

  • Buildoffsite Housing Hub
  • Ann Bentley, RLB/CLC
  • Mike Kimmer, Caledonian Modular
  • Mark Robinson, Trowers & Hamlins
  • Andrew Yuill, Flagship Homes

2.45 Afternoon Tea & Networking

  • Political Overview
  • Panel Debate – Procurement
  • Open Discussion
  • Other Business

5.00 Close

Moller Centre Churchill College
Storey’s Way
United Kingdom
CB3 0DE (SAT NAV use CB3 0DS)


Direction Group Meeting. Theme: Developing Skills Around Offsite Construction

28 February 2018 , Hosted by TDS at Dudley College

The next Buildoffsite Direction Group Meeting takes place on Wednesday 28 February 9:30am – 1:30pm.

With a theme of Developing Skills Around Offsite Construction it also includes a tour of Dudley Advance II.

TDS Midlands have kindly agreed to host this meeting at Dudley College of Technology.

Dudley College of Technology
The Broadway
West Midlands

Agenda as follows:

09.30: Registration and Networking

10.00: Welcome and Introductions

10.30: Overview from TDS and Dudley College

11.00: Presentations

Kevin Arthur, Elements Europe   – Offsite Practical Skills in Practice

Kevin will be discussing the labour challenges faced within the UK Construction sector, the skills shortage the industry has and how offsite construction can assist with these challenges.  He will also focus on the specialist skills the offsite industry requires and how these differ from traditional labour skill sets.

Richard Bayliss, CITB – A new skills frontier: Why offsite is changing skills needs and how training can respond

Ian Heptonstall, Action Sustainability – Developing skills to accelerate the uptake of Offsite

Chris Barlow, Encon – FAAY- Partitioning systems. The opportunity to learn a new skill set, installing a partitioning system

12.15: The role of the professions and further education in providing skills for the offsite sector – Nick Whitehouse, Buildoffsite

12.30: Communications and events

12.40: Member feedback session

13.00: Tour (approx half an hour) Dudley College Advance II


Pre Direction Group Dinner

27 February 2018 , Bella Italia, Castlegate Park, Birmingham Road, Dudley, DY1 4TB

For those members staying overnight for the Direction Group Meeting on the 28th, a Members Dinner will take place on the evening of 27 February .

The dinner will take place at Bella Italia, Castlegate Park, Birmingham Road, Dudley, DY1 4TB from 7.30pm and we hope that as many Members as possible will be able to join us.

If you plan to stay over there are two recommended hotels:

The Village Hotel Dudley or telephone 01384 888830 (select option 1) To secure a corporate rate at The Village Hotel, quote ‘COR1B’ at the time of your booking. (£90 for single occupancy in a double). This cost includes breakfast, parking, wifi and use of leisure facilities.

The Copthorne Hotel:  Prices vary from £70 – £110

Any questions please contact anna.whiting@buildoffsite.com or call 0207 549 3306

Flexible Robotic Welding and Fabrication of M&E – Invitation to a Free BRE Workshop

20 February 2018 , Somerset Innovation Centre, Bridgwater, Woodlands Business Park, Bristol Road, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 4FJ

Time: 9.30 -12.30

The application of Robotics and automation is likely to become increasingly significant in supporting measures to improve construction industry quality, performance and productivity.

The free workshop is organised by BRE and supported by a number of Buildoffsite Members.

If you or a colleague would like to attend you can register with Kim Noonam of the BRE at kim.noonan@bre.co.uk

Delegate places are limited and registration will be on a first come first served basis.


9.30: Welcome and Introduction, Exelin

9.45: Innovate UK’s FRAMBE and CRAFT Projects overview: Skanska

10.00: Introduction to the use of robotics for welding and fabrication of M&E: ABB

10.30: Fabricators view on the use of robotics in M&E services: Patera and Taunton Fabrications

10.45: Discussion and coffee break

11.15: Re-configurability demo: Trimble

11.30: Interactive delegate session to identify as barriers to the implementation of robotics and opportunities for the use of robotics: ABB and Exelin

12.15: Opportunities at Hinkley Point: Exelin

12.30: Business models (lease and purchase) and next steps: Exelin and BRE

R+D Tax Credits Workshop-Breakfast Briefing

07 February 2018 , Buildoffsite, Griffin Court, 15 Long Lane, EC1A 9PN

Breakfast Briefing Ela8

Since 2000, companies in the UK have been able to claim tax relief on certain types of Research and Development (R&D) activity. With three different schemes, the process of making a claim can be complex, so ela8 have put together this simple guide which outlines the key considerations and steps to making a successful, value adding claim and covers the following topics:

  • What is R&D relief? An overview and history of the regimes
  • Am I eligible? Determining whether you can claim
  • What costs qualify? What costs can be claimed
  • How do I claim? How the claims process works
  • Industry examples: Areas for consideration in construction
  • How can ela8 help? How we can help you claim relief

Places are free for Members of Buildoffsite.

A nominal charge of £50+VAT applies to Non-Members.

For more information and details of how to book please contact anna.whiting@buildoffsite.com

Lean Workshop Breakfast Briefing

11 January 2018 , Buildoffsite, Griffin Court, 15 Long Lane, EC1A 9PN

 UK Construction Process is Broken – But it can be fixed

Location: Ciria, Long Lane, London EC1A 9PN

Time: 08.30am – 10.00am

Industry Expert: Ali Mafi of Lean Thinking Ltd                 

The Problem: Too often construction projects come in late and over budget. When did this last happen to one of your projects? Was it stressful? Was it expensive? Did those late projects use BIM, Offsite and/or the latest forms of contract?

Based on more than 15 years working with clients and contractors I can tell you that close to 80% of projects run late giving rise to stress and despondency for the individuals involved as well as additional cost, night shift and weekend working.

The Solution: In this Breakfast Briefing we will share with you a proven project delivery system. A system that will transform project delivery outcomes from 80% late to 90% ahead of time. A system/process akin to a Sat Nav that highlights twice a day the impact on the end date. It also ensures the work is carried out in the most effective and productive way and has a built in continuous learning loop. A standard transparent system (not software) of delivery that can be rolled out across all your projects with guarantee of a consistent outcome without dependence on the quality of the people.

You will hear the detail behind some incredible facts:

  • Most projects lose time at a rate close to 3 days a week – every week
  • Only a small percentage of the project delays are attributable to clients
  • Incredibly BIM compliance can have a negative impact on productivity
  • The benefits of offsite solutions can get lost when mixed with traditional construction process and the projects runs late
  • Operatives only work 30% of the time

We will demonstrate the importance of concentrating on:

  • Compressing time. Time accounts for close to 80% of the cost and over 90% of the risk. This can eliminate claims.
  • On standardising the system/process of delivery first then the product.
  • The system rather than the outcome. This kills egos, the biggest obstacle to progress in construction.

Delegate places are FREE for Members of Buildoffsite and CIRIA. 

A charge of £50 + VAT per head applies to non-members. 

For payments by credit card contact Accounts on 0207 5493303. Please contact Anna Whiting: anna.whiting@buildoffsite.com

Direction Group meeting followed by Christmas lunch

13 December 2017 , Browns, Covent Garden

Meeting 10.00am-1.00pm followed by Christmas lunch, London

Theme: Digitally Accelerated Construction


09.30Registration and Networking

10.00Welcome and Introductions

10.10Fast moving Government landscape – Tim Hall, Buildoffsite

  • Autumn statement
  • Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund
  • Delivering construction skills
  • Government as client – driving the productivity agenda


10.40: Presentations – Digitisation: Award Winning Member Projects 

Applying digital to drive enhanced client value and positive experiences, achieving design, delivery and performance excellence, skills and technology developments

    • Peter Foster, Co-Builder
    • Amador Caballero, Willmott Dixon Interiors
    • David Clark, McAvoy

11.10Digitisation: Emerging technologies and applications– Richard Fletcher, Trimble

11.30Q&A Session

12.00Buildoffsite Vision and Future Activities – Tim Hall and Nick Whitehouse, Buildoffsite

  • 12.30Communications and Events

    12.40Member Feedback Session

    13.00Close – followed by Christmas lunch and networking

To register: anna.whiting@buildoffsite.com

The Buildoffsite Rail Hub invites you to review the opportunities identified by WSP for building 250,000 homes above railway lines in London.

07 December 2017 , WSP House, Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1AF

The Buildoffsite Rail Hub invites members to review the opportunities identified by WSP for building 250,000 homes above railway lines in London.

Bill Price, Strategic Growth Director at WSP, has invited Buildoffsite members to a presentation on his report, “Out of Thin Air – Building above London’s rail lines”, as many of the sites identified could benefit from offsite delivery.

Early awareness can only help the offsite sector rise to the opportunity.

Whilst housing is a significant focus of the report it is not limited to that, with mixed use developments envisaged, and even a football stadium. This follows on from work commissioned by Network Rail and will provide members with an excellent opportunity to gain insight from one of the leading consultants in this field. It will also be a good time for members to inform WSP as to how they could add value to such projects.

The overbuild market is set to expand significantly if the intention is indeed to densify city locations in proximity to transport infrastructure. The requirement for homes in London is frequently estimated at a minimum of 50,000 per year. This represents two strands of opportunity for building offsite:

  • Firstly there is a strong need for decking of various types and configurations to suit a range of rail environments. Components could include support walls, deck slabs, infill fire protection and more traditional structures outside the active rail corridor.
  • Secondly the purpose of the deck is to create a zone for overbuilding. This is envisaged as an ideal opportunity for modular, offsite, prefabricated components. With several major projects already in the design phase this event should not be missed!

Date: 07/12/17

Time: 14:00 to 17:00

Venue: WSP House, Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1AF

To register interest (places are limited) for this event please click here

For further information email: nathalie.quinn@buildoffsite.com

Visit to the National Composites Centre

14 November 2017 , Feynman Way Central, Bristol & Bath Science Park, Emersons Green Bristol BS16 7FS

Buildoffsite Visit to the National Composites Centre

Date: Tuesday 14 November 2017

Timetable: 10.30am start with a finish at 3pm with one-one networking available until 4.30pm. A late start and an early finish is recommended to avoid the possible congestion arising from ongoing local road works.

Purpose of the visit: To introduce the work of the NCC to Buildoffsite Core Members, Associates and Participants in Buildoffsite Hubs and to provide an overview of fibre reinforced composites (FRP) current use and opportunities in Building and Civil Engineering.  The event will feature attendance from the composites supply chain to enable relationship building.  The event will be chaired and facilitated by Tim Hall assisted by the NCC.

Capacity: Up to 100 delegates

Tour of the Facility: Guided tours of the Centre will be arranged over the lunch break

Outline Programme for the day

10.00am – Registration and Networking

10.30am – Welcome to Buildoffsite from Tim Hall, Buildoffsite

10.40am – Welcome to the NCC by Alison Starr, Executive Director for Strategy and Business

10.50am – Overview of fibre reinforced (FRP) composites, their current use in the construction sector and opportunities for further exploitation

11.30am – Case Studies – David Barber, Apply Structure and Shaun Chivers, Mabey Hire

11.50am – Discussion Session

12.25pm – Briefing on the Tour

12.30pm – Buffet Networking Lunch and facility tours

2.00pm – Discussion Session

2.30pm – Wrap Up and Next Steps

3.00pm – Close, breakout available for one-one networking until 4.30pm

You can register or find out more from anna.whiting@buildoffsite.com and look at their website here: http://nccuk.com/

Direction Group meeting and dinner hosted by Legal & General

24 - 25 October 2017


Theme: Collaboration to Support Housing Delivery at Scale


Direction Group meeting dinner

24 October 2017

Dinner 7.00pm, 24th October, Busaba (upstairs private dining room), London



Direction meeting

25 October 2017

Meeting 10.00am-1.00pm, 25 October, Legal and General, One Coleman Street, London, EC2R 5AA

Theme: Collaboration to Support Housing Delivery at Scale


To register: anna.whiting@buildoffsite.com



Encon Nevill Long & Knauf Spray Plaster Event

19 October 2017 , Encon/Nevill Long West London Units 6, 7 & 8 The Griffin Centre, Staines Road, Feltham, Middlesex TW14 0HS

When: Thursday 19th October 2017

Live demonstrations will take place at 8am and 10.30am.


Where: Encon/Nevill Long West London

Units 6, 7 & 8 The Griffin Centre

Staines Road



TW14 0HS

Each session will include:

– Live demonstrations showing how fast, clean and efficient the system is

– The opportunity to use the spray machine and see the benefits of a premixed finish and the ease of application

– Free breakfast and refreshments for everyone who attends

– Experts will be on hand to offer advice on spray machines

Register your attendance at: www.knauf.co.uk/readymixedfinishingevents or email: WestLondonSprayDay@Encon.co.uk


11 - 12 October 2017 , ExCeL, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock London E16 1XL

Supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Our Buildoffsite Workshops and Seminars 2017

In collaboration with The Offsite Construction Show and with support from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Buildoffsite is delighted to host a Programme of Seminars and Workshops for 2017.

Featuring expert speakers drawn from across the industry, the Seminars will take place in the Buildoffsite Theatre. There is no pre-booking – sessions are free to attend, with seats available on a first come, first served basis.

The Workshops will be hosted in the Workshop Theatre, adjacent to the Buildoffsite Exhibition Stand (C52). Spaces will be limited. To attend a workshop, please register your interest in advance, by selecting the links

To see the seminars click here Buildoffsite Seminars 2017

To register for the workshops click here Buildoffsite Workshops

The 2016 Offsite Construction Show received overwhelming support from the offsite industry and the industry at last has it’s very own showcase attracting over 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.

OSCS2017 will continue to build on this winning formula, and we have a great show planned.

See you there!


Water Hub Digital Water Event: 22nd May 2017

22 May 2017 , Mott MacDonald, 10 Fleet Place, London EC4M 7RB

Objective: To showcase how digital technology can and is being used in the water industry

Hosted by: Mott MacDonald

Lead: Jon Rains

The agenda and presentations from the event can be found on the Water Hub Home Page.