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Buildoffsite members Supply Chain School collaborate with Laing O’Rourke on Supplier Day

Free to register – a great networking opportunity for suppliers

Offsite supplier day in collaboration with Laing O’Rourke – Worksop

Date: Tuesday 12 June 2018
Time: 09:30 – 12:30
Location: Explore Industrial Park, Explore Way Steetley Worksop Nottinghamshire S80 3FD



If you are a supplier to Laing O’Rourke, then this breakfast briefing is for you! The event will give suppliers to the sector the opportunity to network with and be brought up to speed on the latest news direct from Laing O’Rourke representatives.

Hear from

  • Alan Clucas, Director at Explore Manufacturing, Laing O’Rourke
  • Alex Gosney, Head of Procurement – Infrastructure, Laing O’Rourke

This breakfast session will be facilitated by Laing O’Rourke who will be discussing their current and future projects and will help you to focus your efforts in order to meet their needs and requirements, as well as an insight into the School as a free learning platform which is recommended by your customers.

It will begin at 9.30 with breakfast snacks from 9am. You’ll be away no later than 12.30 and will hopefully be wiser about where you can make a difference.

To book your FREE place just click on the register button at the bottom of the page.

If you have any special requirements for attending this event (e.g. access / dietary etc) please contact Ursula or telephone the office on 020 7697 1977 so that we can accommodate you


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BRE in association with Buildoffsite Offsite Workshop

View Mark Farmer’s keynote and speakers presentations

Modern methods of construction was the topic of discussion at BRE’s workshop – Raising the Bar for Offsite Construction – held on the 26th April 2018. Nick Whitehouse, from Buildoffsite, welcomed a packed lecture theatre and industry experts from across the supply chain.

With modular construction potentially having a large part to play in addressing the UK’s housing crisis the industry is collaborating to ensure that the adoption of MMC is undertaken in an assured way.

Mark Farmer delivered an overview of progress so far from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) MMC Working Group on assurance, insurance and finance.

Julie Bregulla and David Gall gave an insight into BRE’s multi-tiered offsite assessment methodology. The Standard for Modular Systems for Dwellings (BPS 7014) will encompass essential requirements such as:

– mechanical resistance and stability

– safety in case of fire

– hygiene, health and the environment

– safety in use

– protection against noise

– energy economy and heat retention

– sustainable use of resources

An overview of the draft BPS 7014 standard can be found here. Contact Mike Perry if you would like to be involved in the technical forum.

Download the presentations from BRE’s Raising the Bar for Offsite Construction workshop:

Mark Farmer: MHLCG’s MMC Working Group for Assurance, Insurance and Finance

Julie Bregulla: UK’s Offsite Standards – A Context Map

Jeff Maxted: Buildoffsite Property Assurance Scheme

David Gall: BPS 7014 and Certification

Shaun Kelly: A User’s Perspective from Notting Hill Genesis

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Digitizing for modular manufacture: Tekla Webinar

As clients and contractors increasingly turn to modular manufacturers to help improve quality and speed of construction on site, modular manufacturers in turn are in a constant search for improved process and manufacturing efficiencies.

Tekla will run a Webinar on:

  • The benefits of moving from 2D to 3D – single source of truth, digital twin – digital representation of physical asset.
  • The accuracy and efficiency of a 3D model aligns with the benefits of modular manufacturing.
  • How a 3D Tekla model facilitates communication between client, modular manufacturer and project team.
  • A Tekla model drives NC data files, fab drawings, etc.
  • How a model can drive manufacturing to improve speed and accuracy.

Dan Leech from TDS will also show

Click here to see more detail and register

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Opportunities to impact legislation and governance

“The construction industry is vital to solving some of the pressing problems facing the UK, such as a lack of affordable housing and replacing ageing infrastructure. Whilst off-site manufacturing is not a new idea, the level of technology now available means it is much more viable as a modern method of construction than it might have been in the past.’ 

Chair of the Committee, Lord Patel.

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has announced an inquiry into offsite manufacture for construction and has issued a public call for evidence.

 This is the perfect opportunity for your organisation to submit evidence and respond to the enquiry to drive improvements and efficiencies in construction.

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Off Site Sustainable Construction: Best practice, emerging trends and key considerations.

 1 May 2018 A RICS Seminar with our own Prof. Nick Whitehouse, Senior Research Fellow (Architecture) and Visiting Professor, Oxford Brookes University.

The cost and sustainability benefits of off-site modular build could well prove vital in solving the shortage of new housing in the UK. Attend this seminar to understand:

  • Affordability and sustainability considerations
  • Issues of longevity and durability
  • Managing supply chains
  • Issues around mortgages and warranties.

Nick is one of our executives and has wide experience of the construction sector including past employment as a senior architect in a Local Authority, as company architect in a Design and Build organisation, as a Director of JVs in housing and a major PFI project and eleven years as Chairman and Managing Director of a leading offsite construction company. Nick joined Oxford Brookes University in 2008 and received a MBE for his contribution to the building industry in the 2010 New Year’s Honours list.

You can register and find out more here 

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RICS: Modular and off-site construction is finally beginning to grab the industry’s interest. Could it revolutionise housebuilding?

Read the RICS World Built Environment Forum article with contributions from our very own Dennis Seal here



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Bryden Wood awarded Queen’s Award for Enterprise

We are thrilled to announce that Buildoffsite member Bryden Wood has been awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of ‘Innovation’.

The award recognises two key innovations: – Using new data driven tools and techniques to maximise the impact of any investment (a process we call ‘Chip Thinking®’) – Creating new construction techniques that are more like manufacturing than construction.
“This award recognises the brilliant work our team has been doing to tackle low productivity in the sector and drive a more manufacturing-led approach,” says co-founder Mark Bryden. “Since Martin Wood and I started the company in 1995, we have led the adoption of more advanced construction techniques and the application of design for manufacture and assembly. The work continues today as we strive to attract more creative, digitally-savvy people to construction.”

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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