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MMC for affordable housing developers

A Housing Forum guide to overcoming challenges and barriers


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Get involved in developing standards

BSI Group

What are standards?

Who makes standards?

Who is BSI?

Benefits of becoming a standards-maker



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WWT explains Offsite Build & Modular Construction

WWT explains Offsite Build & Modular Construction

1. What are the benefits of offsite build and modular
2. How advanced is the water sector on offsite methods?
3. What type of water and wastewater assets are suitable
for offsite build?
4. What are the barriers to the wider spread of offsite build
in the sector?
5. Which products in the water industry could be
standardised to bring about greater efficiency?
6. How does digital design and BIM work alongside offsite
7. Does the water supply chain have the capability to
build in a more modular way?
8. What does offsite build mean for the workforce and
skills in the water sector?
9. What efforts are being made to advance the cause of
offsite construction in water?

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BSRIA Offsite Construction for Building Services

Offsite construction is a general term for making parts of a building away from the construction site before transporting them and installing them in their final location. In the building services sector, installing various mechanical and electrical systems on a live construction site can be challenging, with limited space, health and safety considerations, working around other contractors, and often all to a demanding programme. This topic guide describes the forms that offsite construction of building services can take, and discusses some of the surrounding issues.

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Mayor of London: London Housing Strategy (Draft for Public Consultation)

The Mayor of London’s draft London Housing Strategy published on 6th September 2017.  Register by 20th September to attend the October Workshops at City Hall.

Further information is available on the City Hall website.

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GLA Report in to Offsite Housing ‘Designed, Sealed, Delivered’ Full Document

Please find the Buildoffsite comment on the GLA Offsite Housing report ‘Designed, sealed, delivered”  released today, and attached here in FULL:

 ” 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”

 Further Information is available on the GLA Website.


Here we have some examples of exemplar off site housing and construction in London.

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The Offsite Construction Show is now in its third year. With the knowledge transfer seminar programme hosted by Buildoffsite, and sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), showcasing what’s at the cutting edge of the offsite sector and facilitating discussion between key players who are changing the UK construction market to increase quality and productivity.

Register here for 11 & 12 October @ Excel, London.


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KPMG: Smart Construction Report

KPMG has compiled a compelling report on how offsite manufacturing can transform the construction industry.



Many construction projects have a reputation for being completed behind schedule and over budget.
While these companies have tried to improve project time, cost and quality by using technological and commercial industry innovations such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) and collaborative supplier engagement models. But they have largely failed to reverse the trend of poor productivity and project uncertainty or counter the growing challenge of industry skills shortages.
Offsite construction offers an alternative to this current construction status-quo by promising transformative improvements across the asset lifecycle in time, cost, quality and health and safety. But most importantly, offsite construction offers predictability.
I am grateful to my colleague Joshua Southern for his research and authorship of this report, which evidences the value of that predictability to the construction industry.
We call on construction industry clients to collaborate with suppliers across whole portfolios of construction projects, to invest in and then unlock the value of offsite construction.
Richard Threlfall
UK Head, Infrastructure, Building and Construction
KPMG in the UK

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