A new ACE report to be launched next month looking at offsite manufacturing and its role in delivering the Government’s Project Speed agenda, will be profiled at a forthcoming webinar delivered in partnership with ACE's magazine, Infrastructure Intelligence on Friday 11 February 2022.
As the Government plots the UK’s economic recovery from the pandemic, it has prioritised an “infrastructure revolution”, with plans for major investment across swathes of our built environment, encompassing housing, schools, hospitals, transport networks.
Upgrading the nation’s infrastructure is vital, but given the situation the UK is in, with pressure on the public finances combined with political ambitions around Net Zero and ‘levelling up’, this investment is only viable if it can be delivered in a better and quicker way.
The report, which forms the next installment in our Project Speed briefing series, will argue that there needs to be a transformation in the way that the built environment is designed and delivered in order to address the delivery challenges that the construction sector faces - and a key part of that challenge is making offsite manufacturing a natural part of many built environment projects.
Offsite manufacture has a long history in the UK but has never become ‘mainstream’. Yet the evidence shows that it can be a key method for addressing several key issues facing the UK, including the housing crisis and achieving carbon net zero. Off-site manufacture can improve construction productivity, can improve the quality of buildings and infrastructure, decrease the time it takes to construct a building and decrease the cost of building. Off-site manufacture can do all this while being more sustainable – with reduced pollution from transport around the site as well as improved health and safety.
Joining Andy Walker, editor at Infrastructure Intelligence and discussion moderator, is Trudi Sully, Impact Director, Construction Innovation Hub (CIH), Ryan Lester, Project Manager, Gleeds, Dan Hagan, Director and MMC Lead, Property & Buildings, WSP, David Button, Senior Account Director at BECG, and Guto Davies, Head of Policy, ACE.