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Linking Innovation To Societal Needs (LITSoN) Project Survey

The Linking Innovation To Societal Needs (LITSoN) project is producing a database of innovation relevant to the UK water sector. It will accelerate uptake of new solutions by water companies through improved collaboration and by identifying multi-regional opportunities for the supply chain. Water companies representing over 80% of the market undertook a successful pilot in 2017 and have committed to using LITSoN to help coordinate their innovation programmes and target engagement with SMEs.

The database will be a primary source for identifying innovative solutions in the UK water sector, accessible to all UKWIR members – and participants. As such it will also provide market information on water company needs that are not being met by existing products and services, and to identify new collaborative partnerships.

We encourage you to share details of your R&D, product development and innovation projects with LITSoN, through completing a brief survey. In return those projects will be shared with clients across the water industry, and you will receive free access to the database, managed by the UK Water Partnership. The survey and supporting information can be found here. Please enter details of your innovative services and products and return to by 31st March. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information

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Keeping in touch under new data privacy law

On the 25th May 2018, one of the biggest changes to UK data privacy law comes into effect.

What does this mean for you staying in touch with BUILDOFFSITE?
In coming weeks, we will be writing to all our contacts including BUILDOFFSITE members, collaborators and customers outlining how we will continue to communicate with you in line with the new privacy law requirements.

Our members and collaborators (including project group members, funders, supporters) will receive an email outlining how we will continue to deliver benefits as part of your own or your organisations’s continuing involvement with BUILDOFFSITE.

At the same time all our other customers will also receive an email to seek consent so that we may continue to contact you with relevant information that you have expressed an interest in previously.

These emails will also allow all of you to update and manage your preferences so that we only send you information based on your interests.

You will of course have a right to opt-out from these communications at any time. If you choose to opt-out you will miss out on communications surrounding news about BUILDOFFSITE research projects, events, publications as well as opportunities to supply case studies for projects.

What do you need to do?
You don’t need to do anything right now – rest assured your personal data is in safe hands .

Our commitment:
1.            We use your personal data to help provide great customer service, that includes tailoring the information we share with you to ensure it’s relevant, useful and timely.
2.            We respect your privacy and work hard to ensure we meet regulatory requirement.
3.            We don’t share your personal data unless we have a legal requirement to fulfil.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is a positive step towards you having additional control over how your data is used and how you’re contacted in the future. This notification is our reaffirmation that BUILDOFFSITE is committed as ever to ensuring your rights and interests are protected.

To reflect these changes we’ve updated our privacy policy which you can read here. Please be aware that further changes relating to GDPR may be made to our Privacy Policy in the future, so do keep an eye out.

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Vision Modular on the News

Buildoffsite members Vision Modular talking to ITV about modular construction on ITV News

Take a look inside their modular factory in Bedford, where they will work on the tallest building that will actually be in Croydon and at the 95% completed offsite apartments.

The Vision Modular Systems’ manufacturing process is a controlled assembly line environment, manned by skilled operatives who are supported by quality control and technical guidance personnel.

Vision Modular Systems delivers the following benefits:

  • Major reduction in on site programme
  • Guaranteed consistent high quality of finish
  • Safer method of construction
  • Certainty of programme and cost.
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WWT Article: Offsite manufacture of water assets in a factory environment

Some of our key Water Hub members sharing their outlooks on Offsite in the Water Industry in the latest edition of Water and Waste Water Treatment

Bill Price of WSP Presents ‘Out of Thin Air-Building Above London’s Railway Lines’.

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:

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Exciting New Research into the Benefits of Offsite Construction

Buildoffsite and Ciria launch new research.

At present there is no industry standard methodology for assessing the benefits of off-site techniques against traditional construction practices. Most assessments are made through the client’s tender process on a case by case basis. This may not provide for an easy comparison between approaches on a particular scheme, identify all the possible benefits that are available or act as a record for future projects.

Buildoffsite is working with CIRIA to provide a summary report that enables comparison of the benefits of off-site construction with more traditional techniques.

The project’s key objectives will be to:
To identify common project drivers in more detail; approach to risk, innovation and procurement
Identify the benefits of off-site techniques against more traditional approaches by collecting data in a format that will enable comparison
Enable clients, designers, specifiers, contractors and others to quantify for themselves the benefits of off-site construction techniques when compared to typical construction approaches.

To see the full proposal click here, Quantifying the Benefits of Off-Site Construction

Further details can be found via the Ciria website or get in touch with

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Yorkshire Water: DfMA Engineering Opportunities

Yorkshire Water are currently recruiting 2 x Design Development Engineers (DfMA) to work within their Standard Products and Solutions Team based in Leeds.

Yorkshire Water are an active member of the Buildoffsite Water Hub and are fully embracing Offsite Delivery methods.  This is an exciting opportunity for DfMA Engineers to get involved in driving change within the Water Industry.

See our Spotlight page for further details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

We have the evidence now we need the action”



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Full Apprenticeship Duration: 12 months – 2 years

 What you need to know

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

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

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