Modern Methods of Construction will help towards solving the UK Housing Crisis. Yet more evidence reveals that the UK will gain from working collaboratively with highest quality worldwide Off-Site Manufacturers, in addition precision engineering, use of new materials & digital working. The government should be doing far more to support homegrown SME Off-Site Manufacturers in the UK, with the provision of nationwide academies combined to help solve the crisis of just under 4 million homes that desperately need to be built, to highest standards. Whilst the Homes England initiative is welcome it's barely touching the sides.
At present, the use of MMC in housebuilding is low and the government will need to act quickly if it is to make an impact in meeting housebuilding targets. Supply chain capacity will need to be increased, and greater focus placed on ensuring the workforce has the required skillset for developing technologies. The government should work with Homes England and training centres, such as the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, to develop targeted programmes targeted for use in the manufacture of MMC homes, says the committee.
Pictured, a beautiful Norwegian luxury summer lodge, a second home made of dreams. However the very basic right of being housed in our country has been somewhat translated in to being placed in temporary accommodation including hotels and bed & breakfast establishments, costing our government £690 million per year in London alone. It's the 21st Century but despite recent support from the government we are very a long way-off achieving housing targets. The cost of this 'temporary solution' has doubled over 4 years. Homes England doing their bit admittedly but it's a mere drop in the ocean.
With far more ‘genuine’ welcomed interest in Off-Site Manufacturing the past 6 months, our personal experience is:-
1. A leaning towards perhaps even a 'sellers market' where collaborative working & mutual respect is now key - little options for supply chain (inc facade firms booked for a long time ahead) in particular for the construction of towers
There is more than one vote taking place, right now a radical much favoured sway in the UK towards Off-Site Manufacturing (OSM). Considering up to an estimated 340,000 new homes are needed to be built per year homes built by Local Authorities have fallen since the 1970's when we are at our most needy time to house our population despite Housing Associations building more.
Mounting pressure by the government to deliver 3.1m affordable social homes.... whilst currently around 60% of new homes are built by just 10 companies. The Independent Newspaper reported 8th January government are providing a £9Billion affordable homes programme that will deliver 250,000 homes by 2022, including homes for social rent. A further £2billion of long term funding has already been committed beyond that as part of a ten year home building programme through to 2028. Also giving councils extra freedom to build the social homes their communities need and expect.
Collaborative working is certainly the key to success when it comes to OSM, the Baltic's alone have been at it for decades, working within specific clusters...to get the job done. We have seen it with our own eyes, possibly one could debate the only positive thing from ex-Soviet era bringing together neighbouring countries 'united' providing highest quality housing, across the world. They even have forums where the common language is English despite the majority of attendees from that one specific country which proves their open-mindedness with regards to export.
The Times reports 12th April re Off-Site Manufacture (OSM) in the UK. The most concerning detail is 700,000 construction workers (of 2 million in total) are over 50 years old and we are heavily reliant on Eastern Euro bricklayers:- no surprise is that factories the size of 200 football pitches are needed in the UK to achieve the annual government target of 300,000.
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