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BRE Event: Raising The Bar For Offsite Housing

Raising the bar for offsite construction – a free workshop

BRE, Watford 9:30am 12.45pm, Thursday 26th April

Join BRE, Buildoffsite and a range of key speakers for a discussion about the quality and performance of offsite housing and the contribution it can make to resolving the UK housing crisis.

The half-day workshop features keynote speaker Mark Farmer, Chairman MHCLG’s MMC Working Group, with an overview of the group’s work and of the standards, assessment methods and schemes operating to assure offsite quality, durability and performance of components and systems. Other speakers in the program represent organisations including Laing O’Rourke, BOPAS, Notting Hill Housing Group, Buildoffsite and BRE.

This event is free to attend and includes a networking lunch from 12.45.

View the full program and book your free place online now

To register as a delegate visit: BRE

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Call for Papers by Institute of Civil Engineering (ICE)

The Institute of Civil Engineering’s publication Civil Engineering is planning a special issue for November 2019 on projects and innovation in offsite and smart construction and have put out a call for Papers.

Aspects of particular interest include but are not limited to,

Benefits and risks of offsite construction
Planning and procurement
Digital design
Standardisation and automation
Factory-based manufacture, flying and pop-up factories
Assembley on site
Infrastructure applications (highways, railways, water
industry, etc.)
Building applications (educational, healthcare, prisons,
residential, stadia and commercial)
Temporary or relocatable construction

For more detail please click here

The deadline for abstracts is 1 September 2018. The deadline for submissions is 1 December 2018.

To submit an abstract please visit here To submit a full paper please visit here For further information and full journal guidelines, please contact Ben Ramster T: +44 20 7665 2242; E:
For more information about the journal, please visit here

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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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