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Past Events

Tour of Energy House 2.0, NERIC and the Acoustic Laboratories

13 June 2024 , Peel Park, University of Salford, 43 Crescent, Salford, M5 4WT

Join us for a visit to the University of Salford’s award-winning Energy House 2.0 project – the ‘world’s-first’ all-weather research centre. The visit will also include a guided tour of the North of England Robotics Innovation Centre (NERIC) and the university’s Acoustic Laboratories.

This event is organised in collaboration with BUILDOFFSITE and CIRIA’s Driving Net Zero Carbon Community of Practice.

Places on this free tour are limited. The visit is planned as a full day event with the option to attend either the full day or morning/afternoon only.

Background
Attendees will visit the award-winning Energy House 2.0, a world-first research project designed to help create the energy-efficient homes of the future, in the morning. Completed in February 2022, it has two environmental chambers each capable of accommodating two detached houses where the climatic conditions with temperatures ranging from -20°C to +40°C and variations of wind, rain, snow, and solar radiation can be simulated.

If you are serious about reducing carbon emissions for both existing and new residential buildings, it is the place to visit. University of Salford personnel will be on hand to speak about the facilitates and the results of the testing. The BOS/CIRIA visit is taking place while testing is in progress so access to the test chambers will not be possible.

In the afternoon, attendees will visit the Acoustic Laboratories including their Anechoic Chamber which is one of the quietest space you might ever experience. Used for world-class research and study, it is great for generating virtual acoustics of city streets and other spaces.

The visit will conclude with a visit to the ground-breaking North of England Robotics Innovation Centre (NERIC). Focus areas since the facility opened in late 2022 include robotics for intelligent infrastructure, digital automation and supply chain improvement working across a range of sectors including robotics and automation, the requirements of net zero, healthcare technologies, vehicle automation and the development of smart cities.

Why attend

  • Learn about Energy House 2.0’s capabilities and how their research will help the building industry invest in low carbon technologies and work towards net zero.
  • Find out how NERIC is supporting  digital transformation for sustainable infrastructure and a net zero future.
  • Hear how the Acoustic Laboratories support research and testing in the built environment.
  • Discover the legacy and best practice evidenced throughout including early cross-sector collaboration, industry-leading design excellence and construction methods, zero accidents, and the promotion of sustainability through Soft Landings, BREEAM, and Social Value.
  • Earn valuable CPD.

Who should attend
Those who are engaged in the built environment, clients, designers, manufacturers and builders.

Future Water Association Developer Services (supported event)

11 June 2024 , London

The UK Developer Services Event with a Water Focus, presented in collaboration with CIRIA, BUILDOFFSITE, and Future Water, aims to convene professionals from the development and water industries. The event seeks to facilitate discussions on challenges, innovations, and opportunities in water management within urban development contexts. Attendees will have the opportunity to network, exchange ideas, and explore the latest technologies and strategies for sustainable water resource management in urban environments.

BOPAS Forum & British Offsite Factory Tour

22 May 2024 , British Offsite, 1 Rontgen Place, Horizon Boulevard, Great Notley, Braintree, Essex, CM77 7AX

Join us for the next BOPAS Forum which will comprise of insightful presentations and panel discussions on themes that are relevant to you and the MMC sector. The Forum will also include the BOPAS certification awards and a factory tour of British Offsite.

Wednesday 22 May 2024
10:00 – 14:00

Book your free place today!

Please email us any special dietary requirements by 10:00 on Friday 10 May.

Assets decarbonisation through reuse of key materials

14 May 2024 , Webinar

Join this CIRIA / BOS webinar to discover how carbon emissions can be reduced by repurposing buildings and reusing key materials.

The Earth’s resources are not infinite and there will come a time when raw materials required to develop the infrastructure and buildings we need will become scarce and unaffordable. A lack of natural resources has been the cause of conflict in the past so it is not too difficult to image what the consequences could be.

The best way to minimise carbon emissions is, where possible, to repurpose buildings and the materials they are built from retaining the embodied carbon and reducing the carbon emitted as a consequence of extracting, processing, manufacturing, and transporting construction products for new developments.

This event, developed in collaboration with CIRIA’s Driving Net Zero Carbon Community of Practice and CIRIA, will feature presentations about current research and project case studies giving an insight into the art of the possible and what has been done.

Sponsorship opportunities
For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tam Simmons.

Why attend

  • Improve your knowledge and understanding of the circular economy and its key principles.
  • Learn from good practice case studies on implementing circular economy principles by reusing or substituting with alternative materials.
  • Embed circularity when commissioning and decommissioning assets to reduce waste.
  • Gain insight into RECONMATIC – a project to develop automated solutions for sustainable and circular construction and demolition waste management.
  • Discover how CIRIA is providing support and guidance in this area.
  • Earn valuable CPD.

Who should attend

  • Environment manager, ecologists, project and sustainability managers, engineers, waste management experts
  • Anyone with an interest in net zero carbon including companies’ and supply chains’ footprints, embodied and operational carbon.

Trees, People and the Built Environment 5 (supported event)

23 - 24 April 2024 , Hybrid | Birmingham | Online

We’re partnering with the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) for the fifth Trees, People and the Built Environment conference (TPBE5). CIRIA members are entitled to a 20% discount on the two-day conference fee.

Bringing together professionals working in the built and natural environment sectors to support the integration of more urban trees, the conference plans to examine two very different roles for trees:

  • how they can improve the quality of place for both people and nature and
  • how they can contribute to the net zero carbon ambition for buildings and the built environment.

National Construction Summit 2024 (supported event)

18 April 2024 , Sport Ireland Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin

BOS is happy to be associated this year with the 10th edition of Ireland’s largest construction industry event which will take place on 18 April 2024 in the Sport Ireland Campus, Blanchardstown, in partnership with Kingspan Group.

With 3,500 industry professionals expected to attend, this will be the biggest event of its kind in Ireland and a great opportunity to learn from various speakers and to develop connections with fellow professionals.

CIRIA Annual Lecture: Increasing infrastructure resilience

17 April 2024 , Arcadis, 80 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 4BY

Join us in person for our 3rd Annual Lecture discover how the construction industry is working collaboratively to increase infrastructure resilience and enhance living standards for decades to come.

Background
The resilience of the built, social and natural environment is key to a sustainable future. Although the UK’s infrastructure has proved fairly resilient historically, it is increasingly vulnerable to environmental and socio-economic pressures – both acute (immediate shock) and chronic (progressive change).

The National Infrastructure Commission’s Report Anticipate, react, recover – Resilient infrastructure systems (2020) outlined a framework for evaluating resilience based on understanding of risk, ability to withstand and adaptation. The Second National Infrastructure Assessment (2023) builds on the first Assessment and the Commission’s wider body of work and focuses on key challenges not covered in the first Assessment.

Better maintenance and renewal of the existing asset base will be essential, as will building new infrastructure to protect households and businesses from flooding and drought. Investment, removing barriers to progress, increasing productivity, adaptive planning will be key to achieving resilience.

This member-exclusive event will convene thought-leaders to discuss the challenges and opportunities to create low carbon, connected and resilient infrastructure.

Sponsorship opportunities
For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tam Simmons.

Why attend

  • Discover how CIRIA is researching, informing and understanding resilience across the built environment including social, economic and environmental resilience.
  • Understand the effect of climate change on assets.
  • Learn how risks might be exacerbated by environmental, social, and economic risks combining, compounding, and cascading.
  • Explore how we can balance natural and engineered solutions to increase resilience.
  • Discuss how we can incorporate adaptation into our thinking.
  • Network with fellow industry professionals.
  • Earn valuable CPD.

Who should attend

  • This is an exclusive event for CIRIA members and Community of Practice members only.
  • Decision makers, asset owners, designers, constructors and suppliers interested in resilience.

Our Communities of Practice include: Biodiversity, BUILDOFFSITE, Driving Net Zero Carbon, Geospatial, PFAS, Sustainable soil, and susdrain.

When
Wednesday 17 April 2024

Unlocking the Future of Construction Decision-Making Workshop

21 March 2024 , Webinar

Join us for an exclusive workshop introducing new software developed by The Offsite Guide, designed to revolutionise decision-making in the construction industry. This workshop is targeted for architects, designers, offsite manufacturers, property developers, and local authority planning departments seeking to navigate the intricate landscape of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) effortlessly.

Modular Matters (supported event)

19 March 2024 - 20 March 2024 , Coventry

BOS is attending the 6th Modular Matters conference this spring.

Modular Matters is an opportunity to join the conversation, gain the latest information about emerging technologies and investigate the solutions to the challenges faced by the sector. Offering two days of evidence-driven presentations, case studies and interactive facilitated debate, Modular Matters will address roadblocks, analyse successes and separate the myths from the facts.

Presenting an insight into the future of construction, this event represents a great opportunity to gain industry intelligence and network with those who are at the forefront of the volumetric modular sector.

Water Dragons and Future Water Awards Evening (supported event)

18 March 2024 , London

We are partnering with Future Water Association to celebrate emerging entrepreneurs and talent in the water sector.

Now in its 16th year, Water Dragons provides a unique opportunity for companies from across the globe to pitch product, service or process innovations to a panel of senior water company executives and industry specialists. Submit your Water Dragons entry today!

Once again Future Water will be celebrating the best in the industry and their amazing contribution to the sector over the past year. More information about the awards categories and to submit your entry is available here.

Fire safety and Building Regulations for MMC structures

13 March 2024 , Webinar

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) outlined their concerns about modular methods of construction (MMC) in their Position Statement (November 2022) and Written Evidence (November 2023). Their concerns include:

  • lack of guidance of design and build an MMC building incorporating fire safety
  • lack of long-term data on the performance of MMC and fire safety
  • exposure to legacy issues from existing MMC buildings

This webinar, organised by BUILDOFFSITE and CIRIA, will consider whether the new regulations will reduce the fire safety risk posed by cavities in modular buildings, and explore key considerations including Building Regulations for consultants, local authorities, developers, and designers to be aware of when using modular construction.

Speaker Dr Jennifer Charlson will provide an explanation of the Building Safety Regime and the legal/regulatory framework drawing on research from her book Lessons from Grenfell Tower: The New Building Safety Regime which analyses prior significant building fires.

Sponsorship opportunities
For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tam Simmons.

Why attend

  • Gain insight into the legal framework, regulatory issues, and insurance risks for MMC construction.
  • Earn valuable CPD.

Who should attend

  • Building owners, managers and inspectors
  • Property risk specialists
  • Safety, Health and Environmental leads
  • Fire risk assessment managers and fire safety coordinators
  • Engineers
  • Anyone wishing to understand more about building regulations and fire safety for MMC construction.

Futurebuild (supported event)

05 - 07 March 2024 , London

We’re partnering with Futurebuild. Join us in taking a stand and be a part of the solution for shaping the future of the built environment – BUILDOFFSITE and CIRIA members are entitled to a discount on all stand packages.

Futurebuild provides the stage for inspiring ideas, innovative solutions and knowledge sharing to drive sustainable construction and help us reach our goal of net zero. The exhibition brings together the entire supply chain to showcase, debate and understand the advancements in sustainable construction and the emerging technologies that will make net zero possible.

Carbon tracking and calculation

16 January 2024 , Webinar

Discover the different approaches to carbon tracking and calculation at this webinar developed in collaboration with CIRIA and CIRIA’s Driving Net Zero Carbon Community of Practice.

Background
The revised PAS 2080 calls for the whole life management of carbon including tracking and calculating carbon within construction activities. Many methods exist, all share a common purpose, but have differences based on client needs or proprietary software.

This webinar aimed to raise awareness and explore the variety of approaches with a discussion on how we can consistently benchmark across different sectors of the industry. For anyone involved in embedding sustainability or driving net zero carbon this webinar is not to be missed.

Why attend

  • Navigate the myriad of carbon calculating.
  • Understand the different approaches to carbon tracking and calculation.
  • Earn valuable CPD.

Who should attend
Anyone with an interest in net zero carbon including companies’ and supply chains’ footprints, embodied and operational carbon

When
Tuesday 16 January 2024
10:00 – 12:30

Post-event materials
Please watch the event recording here.

Tour of The Forge

15 January 2024 , The Forge, 105 Sumner Street, London, SE1 9HZ

Join us for a tour to the Bronze building of The Forge which will be hosted by Landsec.

The Forge is the UK’s first net zero carbon office and featured in BUILDOFFSITE’s free guidance on Offsite construction – concept design and delivery (X538).

The Forge was built using the platform approach to design for manufacture and assembly (P-DfMA).

Using these techniques has contributed to a circa 39% reduction to date in embodied Carbon A1-A5 reduction compared to the same building built traditionally. The developer has also saved 178 tonnes in steel by using the platform approach – that’s the equivalent of just under 13.5 London double-decker buses in weight.

Places on the tour are limited, and available to BOS and CIRIA members only.

BOS Christmas members’ meeting hosted by Arup

12 December 2023 , Arup, 80 Charlotte Street, London, United Kingdom

Our sponsors and hosts Arup welcomed the BUILDOFFSITE community to the final forum of 2023. This took place at the beautifully appointed Charlotte Street office in London on 12 December.

All presentations for the day can be accessed here.

Welcome and introduction by Dirk Vennix, Executive Director, BUILDOFFSITE

Presentation on new BOS guidance by Fareita Udoh, Industry Advisor, BUILDOFFSITE

Overview of Arup’s current practice in offsite construction by Sam Hopkins, Associate, Arup

Insight into how modular construction could spark a housing revolution by Katie Kerr, Associate, Arup

Q&A and closing remarks by Dirk Vennix, Executive Director, BUILDOFFSITE

The afternoon was rounded off with a beautifully presented lunch and ample opportunities for networking and engagement.

 

BOPAS Forum

30 November 2023 , Lighthouse, Unit 2, Tinsley Industrial Estate, Shepcote Lane, Sheffield, S9 1TS

In a spectacular showcase of innovation and excellence, the BOPAS Forum and Factory Tour took centre stage at the newly refurbished Lighthouse premises. With over 80 delegates from the offsite/MMC sectors in attendance, the event left an indelible mark on the landscape of modern construction.

A heartfelt commendation goes to the diligent Lighthouse team, who orchestrated a venue transformation that dazzled attendees. The deadline for the Forum was met with precision, and the entire event, including a seamless factory tour, unfolded flawlessly. The Lighthouse crew’s commitment to excellence was palpable and truly appreciated by all in attendance.

Presentations from the day can be accessed here.

Developer Services – Networks November 2023

06 November 2023 , NVCO, Regents Wharf, 8 All Saints St, London N1 9RL

The first “Connecting the future” of 2023 will be a partnership between Future Water, Ciria and BUILDOFFSITE.

The event will start with showcasing and networking on current and future developments, developer services, CSL (Customer Side Leakage) &  SuDs implementation and more

 

Member Event hosted by Danfoss Climate Solutions

02 November 2023 , Online Webinar

Unlock the Future of Wastewater Treatment
Join our BUILDOFFSITE member Danfoss Power Solutions on Nov 2nd at 10 am GMT / 11 am CET!
Curious about the next wave in energy-efficient solutions for wastewater treatment?

Dive into a groundbreaking event featuring the game-changing Danfoss Heat Exchangers.
Discover how to transform wastewater treatment into a powerhouse of efficiency, making a positive impact on our environment.
Revolutionary Danfoss Heat Exchangers
Sustainable Solutions for Wastewater Treatment
Elevate your knowledge and contribute to a greener, cleaner future.

Roger Bullivant and Keystone Lintels factory tours

11 October 2023 , Swadlincote, Derbyshire

Wednesday morning, 11 October 2023

Come and visit Roger Bullivant Limited’s state-of-the-art headquarters in South Derbyshire and see how they design and manufacture their innovative offsite foundation systems for residential and commercial projects throughout the UK. RBL offers an extensive range of precast concrete piles, pilecaps and ground beams that form a kit of part approach for their RBeam complete foundation system.

The factory tour will not only include their modern automated production facility that has the capability of producing over 1 million metres of precast concrete piles and ¼ million metres of precast beam per year, but you will also see how they build and maintain all their own piling rigs in their impressive plant build facility.

The event will include a presentation by RBL which will explore how their MMC Category 3 pre-manufactured foundation system can increase the pre-manufactured value (PMV) of your projects and how a modular foundation system is used to accelerate the build programme with improved on-site accuracy, productivity, quality, and safety.

Wednesday afternoon, 11 October 2023

Come behind the scenes at Keystone Lintels to see where they manufacture steel lintels and brickwork support systems for distribution throughout the UK and Ireland.

Book your place now!

Free to attend. Limited places available, so please register as soon as possible to ensure you don’t miss this fascinating learning opportunity.

Register: Roger Bullivant factory tour (11 Oct)

Register: Keystone Lintels factory tour (11 Oct)

Why attend

  • This event will showcase that offsite is not only restricted to a projects superstructure but can also be implemented for the foundations
  • This event will be an excellent networking opportunity for members to hear about RBL’s products and services
  • Get the inside track on how Keystone Lintels manufacture steel lintels and brickwork support systems
  • Earn valuable CPD

Who should attend
Anyone with an interest in expanding their knowledge and understanding of foundation systems and offsite construction.

Prediction versus precedence in a changing climate

10 October 2023 , The Institution of Structural Engineers, 47-58 Bastwick Street, London, EC1V 3PS
Join us for CIRIA’s Annual Debate where leading experts will discuss whether precedence is a viable ‘business as usual’ operating landscape in response to unpredictable climate events.

Background
Our climate presents a major challenge globally and for the UK. Global temperatures are rising as a result of human activity. We are experiencing higher temperatures, changing rainfall patterns, rising sea levels, and more frequent and intense extreme weather events ranging from droughts, floods and freezing winters.
Climate change could have significant impacts on our infrastructure – the need to future-proof existing and new assets is real. Long operational lifetimes mean assets need to be agile to operate in the existing climate at the time of their construction as well as climate variations over the decades of their use.

Engineering design, codification and methods are based upon established assumptions and ingrained practice – precedence.

However, climate change, resultant extremes, and hazards outside of design parameters means we need to be more agile and move towards prediction.

How will precedence versus prediction help us to meet the challenges of climate change and limit its impact on new and existing infrastructure?

This debate will tackle fundamental issues surrounding infrastructure resilience in a changing climate with a playful and combative format designed to spark critical discussion.

Sponsored by 

For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tam Simmons.
Why attend

  • Explore some of the challenges of operating existing and designing new infrastructure assets in a changing climate.
  • Discuss the barriers of moving away from a precedence-based approach and the factors which necessitate predictive approaches.
  • Hear different perspectives and solutions from civil engineers, insurers, and leading academics to developing methods which are agile enough to cope with uncertainty.
  • Consider how investment should be directed between developing new infrastructure alongside making our existing assets more resilient.
  • Earn valuable CPD.

Who should attend

  • Infrastructure owners and operators, asset managers, and engineers working in resilience planning, risk assessment, and adaptation planning
  • Professionals working within civil engineering, designers, contractors, regulators, insurers, and universities and research organisations

Click here to go to the CIRIA webpage to register.

UK Construction Week

03 - 05 October 2023 , NEC Birmingham, North Avenue, Marston Green, Birmingham, B40 1NT

BOS are proud to partner with UKCW this October at Birmingham NEC. Co-located with Timber Expo, Grand Designs Live and Green Living Live.

UKCW is a catalyst for change in the sector as we gather the top speakers to panel our many seminar theatres to discuss and debates the issues affecting construction, and we believe this is where real change can happen.

Register your free place to UK Construction Week.

BOS offer plenty of opportunities for members and non-members to participate in panel discussions, seminars, workshops and sponsorship opportunities.

Each of the three days has a focus theme – view the full programme at the Buildoffsite Theatre & Innovation Hub.

3rd October

Seminar: Offsite construction – concept design and delivery [launch of BOS publication guidance]

Debate: Modular Newsreel – fact or fiction, setting the record straight

Innovation Hub Challenge: Carbon reduction – improving productivity, harnessing innovation

4th October 

Seminar: Constructing for tomorrow: the race to digitise construction.

Can digitalisation eliminate project delays, labour shortages, ease compliance regulations, improve worker productivity, enhance transparency & reporting, forecast rising cost of materials and real-time impacts?

Debate: Where does digital take us? What are the opportunities?

Innovation Hub Challenge: Who are the digital disruptors for construction tomorrow? Digital, AI, robotics, and digital [Dragon’s Den for Offsite]

5th October

Seminar Session: What makes a house a home? What do we need?

Debate: What can MMC Offer where traditional fails? [Property assurance, quality, and defects]

Innovation Hub Challenge: What is the next big idea in delivering new homes using modular?

 

What’s new in offsite? A Hertfordshire Building Control webinar

18 July 2023 , Webinar

Join Hertfordshire Building Control for their upcoming webinar including special guests from Buildoffsite. This exciting event will feature informative presentations by two prominent offsite construction companies, Tempo Housing and Donaldson Timber, who will enlighten us on the cutting-edge offsite technology being employed in the industry. They will delve into the current offsite technology that is revolutionising the construction sector, and shed light on emerging innovations entering the market.

Book your free place

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn directly from industry leaders about the practical applications, benefits, and future potential of offsite construction. From modular building techniques to prefabricated components, these experts will showcase how offsite technology is reshaping the way we build.

Whether you are a building professional seeking to stay ahead of the curve, an architect interested in incorporating offsite methods into your projects, or simply curious about the future of construction, this CPD-certified event promises to be an invaluable source of knowledge.

Speakers

  • Trevor Clements, Hertfordshire Building Control
  • Ken Davie, Buildoffsite
  • John O’Brien, Tempohousing UK
  • David Johnson, Volumetric Building Companies

When
18 July 2023
16:00 – 17:00

Aliaxis factory visit

11 July 2023 , Aliaxis, Swaffield Park, Hyssop Close, Cannock, WS11 7FU

Join us for a factory visit to discover how Aliaxis provides communities around the world with sustainable innovative solutions for building, infrastructure, industrial, and agricultural applications.

Book your place

Aliaxis has put a great deal of thought into the development of vertical and horizontal modular services components.  They range from basic pipework sub-assemblies and pre-mounted back panels, to utility cupboards and complex storey height 3D combinations of pipework and ducts stackable up to 16 storeys with safety features built in.

The event will include a presentation by Aliaxis about the products, covering the health and safety advantages and how use of the assemblies can reduce construction periods and site labour requirements.  This will be followed by a factory tour and an opportunity to ask the Aliaxis team questions.

Limited places available, so please register as soon as possible to ensure you don’t miss this fascinating learning opportunity.

Why attend?

  • Offsite fabrication is being used more and more across the entire construction section and it is not all about MMC Category 1, volumetric modular. This event will showcase a range of products that can be incorporated into projects based on other prefabricated and traditional structural solutions.
  • The event will be an excellent networking opportunity for members to hear some of the latest trends in the Offsite sector.
  • Earn valuable CPD

Who should attend?
Clients, developers, consultants and all sizes of contractors with an interest in expanding their knowledge and understanding of offsite beyond purely modular construction.

Minimising carbon emissions using (precast) concrete

04 July 2023 , Webinar

Join this webinar featuring practical examples of good practice seeking to minimise carbon emissions from the use of (precast) concrete.

Background
The manufacture and use of cement in mortar and concrete accounts for around 8% of carbon emissions worldwide, so anything that can be done to reduce the roughly 600 kilograms of carbon dioxide released for every tonne of cement produced must be done to help the overall drive towards Net Zero.

Around 30 billion tonnes of concrete are used every year, which represents a 3-fold increase on a per capita basis in last 40 years. It is a versatile and long-lasting construction material but has a colossal carbon footprint.

Reducing the cement content and using alternative materials such as slag and fly ash reduces the environmental impact of concrete, but the carbon emissions are still significant. As coal is phased out supplies of fly ash will diminish, and there is an inherent risk in moving away from a tried and tested formula.

The webinar, hosted by Buildoffsite and CIRIA’s Driving Net Zero Carbon and Managing Construction Risk Communities of Practice (CoP), will showcase examples of good practice seeking to minimise carbon emissions from the use of (precast) concrete in all its forms whilst also considering the construction risks.

Book your place

Driving Net Zero Carbon CoP brings together sustainability practitioners from across multiple sectors and disciplines within infrastructure to help the Government drive the pathways to NZC 2050. For more information and to get involved, please contact Dr Andy Moores.

Managing Construction Risk CoP brings together practitioners from the construction and insurance sectors to help improve the management of risk and financial performance. For more information and to get involved, please contact Dirk Vennix.

Sponsorship opportunities
For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Susan Richards.

Why attend

  • Discover how the use of (precast) concrete could significantly minimise carbon emissions and construction risks
  • Hear examples of good practice
  • Understand the perspectives of key stakeholders
  • Earn valuable CPD

Who should attend

  • Construction practitioners
  • Environment, sustainability and carbon leads within the infrastructure sector (transport, housing, development, energy, etc)
  • Policy makers and regulators leading on net zero carbon
  • Research community – to disseminate findings and understand needs to enhance research impact

BOPAS Forum and Beattie Passive House Tour

24 May 2023 , Beattie Passive Build Systems Limited, Unit 1, Carrow Works, Norwich, NR1 2DD

Join us in person for the next BOPAS Forum which will comprise of topical presentations, BOPAS certification awards, and group discussions around themes that are relevant to you and the MMC sector. The Forum will conclude with a factory tour of Beattie Passive.

Please register online and email us any special dietary requirements by 10:00 on Tuesday 16 May to secure your place.

Supported by

The Offsite Show in partnership with Buildoffsite

02 - 04 May 2023 , ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Docks, London, E16 1XL

In partnership with Buildoffsite, The Offsite Show will return to ExCeL London on 2-4 May 2023 and will unite all suppliers and buyers in the built environment for offsite and pre-manufactured solutions.

The Offsite Show will be co-located with UK Construction Week, Multi-award winning, UK’s largest built environment exhibition allowing you free access to nine other key sections including Concrete Expo, Build, Infrastructure, Offsite and Grand Designs Live. The second show this year will be at UK Construction Week, Birmingham NEC in October 2023.

Buildoffsite will be providing a platform for industry leaders and specialists to showcase the work they are delivering in Offsite showcasing the latest developments in the offsite world.

As a valued member of the Offsite Community, you will have the opportunity to sponsor the innovation hub or the main stage and have your branding visible on all event collateral and have a presence at the Offsite Show and UK Construction Week. The benefit to your organisation is presence at both shows hosted in the Buildoffsite arena. The underpinning theme for Buildoffsite in 2023 is “sustainability” at the core of concept design and delivery.

View synopsis and presentations from the event:

Site visit to new prison development, HMP Millsike

26 April 2023 , HMP Millsike, York
HMP Millsike │ Ministry of Justice

This visit is now fully booked. Please contact Susan Richards to be added to the wait list.

Join us for a visit to the construction site of Britain’s newest ‘smart’ prison, HMP Millsike, designed to house over 1,400 inmates which is being built by Kier opposite the existing HMP Full Sutton.

Background

The Ministry of Justice is benefitting from improvements implemented by the construction partners in the New Prisons Programme with HMP Millsike, the third establishment, now being built beside HMP Full Sutton in East Yorkshire.

Building work started last Autumn on the cutting-edge jail which will open in 2025. Designed with security and rehabilitation in mind, the new Category C prison will be equipped with the latest smart technology.

It will also be the first new prison to operate as zero-carbon in the future, with an all-electric design, solar panels, heat pumps and more efficient lighting systems to reduce energy demand significantly.

One of the initiatives Kier is undertaking is the tagging and tracking of pre-cast components, to reduce carbon emissions, improve quality, and simplify valuations. This has the potential to deliver benefits across the entire construction sector and it is one of topics Kier will speak about when Buildoffsite visits the construction site in April.

If your company is seeking to find every means possible to reduce its carbon footprint this is an ideal opportunity to learn about how a Tier One contractor is tackling the Net Zero challenge. Every little counts!

Limited places available, so please register as soon as possible to ensure you don’t miss this fascinating learning opportunity.

This visit is part of a rolling programme of Buildoffsite and CIRIA events, webinars and publications focussed on net zero carbon for different construction methods and materials.

Why attend

  • Go behind the scenes of the construction of a pre-manufactured concrete structure in progress.
  • Hear how the site team is applying the lessons learned from a recently completed similar project to manage pre-cast and MEP modules from design to installation.

Who should attend

  • Buildoffsite members seeking to become part of the supply chain for the Ministry of Justice new prisons programme.
  • Places are limited – please register online by 10:00 on 12 April 2023.

What is the path to sustainable infrastructure?

19 April 2023 , London

Join us in person for our annual lecture and networking reception. This special event will explore the opportunity for sustainable infrastructure and the challenges we must overcome to reach net zero carbon targets.

This event is free to attend for all Buildoffsite and CIRIA members (limited to two places per company). Please complete and return the booking form to Charlotte Draper by 10:00 on 18 April 2023.

Background
We are in the midst of a climate and nature emergency. More and more cities are being affected by natural threats associated with the climate crisis such as flooding, heat stress and water scarcity, and these disasters are expected to intensify with no city immune.

Cities must look beyond economic development to the health of their natural environment and the quality of life of their inhabitants. They are beginning to prioritise their environment, social, and government (ESG) targets.

It is time for systemic change in climate change adaptation and resilience. Therein lies the opportunity to create a sustainable, infrastructure-led recovery that will transform economies and leave the environment in a better condition for future generations.

Join us at our annual lecture to hear thought-leaders discuss the need for resilience in infrastructure and cities, and the construction industry’s response to delivering resilience across new and aging infrastructure.

Sponsorship opportunities
For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Susan Richards.

Why attend

  • Understand the challenges and opportunities to make societies inclusive, safe, climate resilient and sustainable
  • Explore how we can achieve a deep and fast transition when many governments have record debt and the technology needed is still in development
  • Discover how civil engineering is contributing to solving problems for the built environment
  • Learn ways to reduce impact through design and low carbon materials
  • Network with fellow industry professionals
  • Earn valuable CPD

Buildoffsite members’ meeting

14 March 2023 , Online

Join us at the virtual Buildoffsite members’ meeting which will feature industry presentations and updates.

This member-exclusive event is free to attend for all Buildoffsite and CIRIA members. Please register online by 10:00 on 13 March 2023.

Post-event materials

The speakers’ presentations are available here.

Linear infrastructure overbuild seminar

21 February 2023 , Transport for London, Victoria Station House, 8th Floor, 191 Victoria Street, SW1E 5NE

Join this in-person event hosted by Transport for London to launch Buildoffsite’s recent ‘Linear infrastructure overbuild guide’ and learn how using offsite solutions can contribute to this form of development.

Background
Cities have an ever-increasing need for additional, good quality housing as they continue to grow. Greenfield sites are often almost non-existent within existing city boundaries, which means their brownfield and demolition sites are the norm for redevelopment projects.

In this context, where demolition or remedial costs can be significant, the possibility to embrace innovative infrastructure overbuild approaches becomes an exciting, new alternative – one which becomes even more attractive where the infrastructure corridor land is in quasi-public ownership.

Buildoffsite’s recently published Linear Infrastructure Overbuild Guide presents the broad solution to a truly golden opportunity for Housing-led Urban Regeneration. More specifically, it creates an ideal platform (literally) for designers, manufacturers and developers to demonstrate the benefits of DfMA, where traditional construction methods are unlikely to be feasible.

The guide sets out to demonstrate how using offsite solutions can contribute to this form of development. Inspired by WSP’s Out of Thin Air reports, it aims to do three things:

  • Make more potential sites viable, creating homes and offsite project opportunities.
  • Enable stakeholders to consider how to unlock more of this potential.
  • Help more developers and suppliers to be involved with infrastructure overbuild.

Hear first-hand from the guide’s editors and lead authors to explore the challenges, opportunities and benefits of offsite to overbuild, and gain insight and inspiration from other overbuild projects.

Buildoffsite is the voice of the offsite construction industry. For more information about membership, please contact Dirk Vennix.

Sponsorship opportunities
For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Susan Richards.

Why attend

  • Discover the linear infrastructure overbuild opportunity for cities and how offsite approaches are beneficial.
  • Understand the key commercial aspects to be considered when setting up an overbuild project and how some major projects have been managed.
  • Gain insight into the practicalities of creating sites above railways.
  • Be inspired by case studies of overbuild project from around the world.
  • Earn valuable CPD.

Who should attend

Planners, landowners, architects, designers, manufacturers and developers.