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.
Completing 4 months intensive (travelling) research in Modular Construction the past year throughout the Baltic Region has been an eye opener, to say the least. These humongous factories are truly mind blowing with up to 6 lines of production facility 24/7 operation, acres of factory space and the fire power to expand in a very quick period of time catering for the UK Housing Crisis.
We must forget post-war pre-fabrication built to last for just 10 years instigated Sir Winston Churchill, some of which still standing, albeit crumbling 70 years later. Of course nowadays we all know there are up to 60 year guarantees given with Off-Site Manufactured products built of course to the highest standards requiring low maintenance and using pretty much the same materials as traditional build:-so it's no cheaper. The key benefits as we all know with OSM are obviously speed, quality, less impact to the environment & indeed safer. Options available inc; 3D Volumetric (basically up to 96% completed rooms built in the factory) to Elements/Panels (pre-built panels made of either light weight steel or concrete or wood) and....Bathroom pods (built to any standard from 2000 euros upwards). Each method has its' own merits depending on a variety of factors inc; the site locality, timings, remediation or not, height & width restrictions, road access, lenders/investors specific requirements etc.
Never assume, judge or lie, 3 idealistic principles we all try hard to adopt I hope. My favourite blog last year focused on assumptions made by the human race The Earth Is Round, Pig's Don't Smell.....And Why The Word Prefab Is Still A Barrier To Offsite Construction
Securing highest quality Off-Site Construction supply chain outside the UK was our mission. With the UK's construction industry under significant pressure, due to a dire skills shortage, we wanted to create a solution, with the support of our 20 partners, which would benefit homeowners of all levels and requirements, to support the UK Construction Industry and our partners in the Baltic's. The UK Housing Crisis and my somewhat diluted semi-Socialist ideals aside, the solutions that these partners deliver are considered streets ahead in what is precision engineering created under controlled conditions. Beautiful homes being created in both Panel and Volumetric Modular Construction up to half the speed, investors enjoying the speed of ROI in particular.
We didn’t always know that the earth is round, and pigs didn’t smell. But in the UK, we do know the word ‘Prefab’ has brought instant negativity for decades, reminiscent of the deliverance plan to address the UK’s post-Second World War housing shortage, some made of wood, some made of pre-cast reinforced concrete and poorly built, resembling perhaps your Grandfathers old shed, to last just 10 years in operation. Yes, just 10 years, they were never built to last folks albeit we have some of the greatest engineers that ever existed.