Past Events

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Past events

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

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

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 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

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

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:

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:

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:

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 and look at their website here:

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: or email:

Buildoffsite Overview & Member Introductions (Invitation Only)

27 September 2017 , NG BAILEY, Denton Hall, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 0HH

6pm         BuildOffsite Overview & Member Introductions

7pm         Drinks Networking

7:30pm   Dinner

9:30pm   Drinks Networking

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.

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:




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!

Direction Group meeting and dinner hosted by Cambridge University

29 August 2017 - 30 August 2017 , Cambridge

Dinner 7.00pm, 29 August, Cambridge

Meeting 10.00 – 1.00pm, 30 August, University of Cambridge

Theme: Retail & Student Accommodation

Programme to be finalised. Please save the date

Members can click here to register for the event.

Non-members who are interested in this event should contact either Louise Smith or Anna Whiting.