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You want to cut costs and speed up time on a project but large scale volumetric building doesn’t provide enough flexibility? Using components or panelised offsite with automation to reduce design time can be the answer. Not only can this provide a cut in cost, it also allows for greater programme certainty and higher quality finish on the final project. Through our understanding of the supply chain and leveraging this process, offsite provides predictability alongside traditionally thought of benefits.
When do you start thinking about using offsite in your projects? Retrofitting offsite into a planned project rarely adds value. The key to success is having a planning and design team who factor in all offsite materials and possibilities from the initial planning stages and throughout all phases of the project. Providing bespoke, neutral advice on each project from the outset provides true value, not only on materials or type but also on viability, maintenance and logistics.
Does the idea of using offsite manufacturing cast your mind to unimaginative prefab buildings of the 80’s that lacked boldness and creativity? Utilising offsite non-volumetric pre-assembly with different design materials like CLT or pre-cast concrete, changes the possibilities and potential of each element, when thought about creatively they can elevate a design to an architectural masterpiece.
If you thought offsite manufacturing was just for standard buildings, think again. These tactics and components can and are used across the globe in transformative ways – from manufacturing Smart Motorways, to multi-use light canopies in London Bridge Station and whole airport buildings like Pier 6 at Gatwick, that you walk down to get to your next destination. Offsite is not only viable on permanent projects, the question should be asked, how can sites be utilised in its transition phase? The application of offsite for ‘meanwhile use’ can provide necessary community spaces for short time frames adding social value and life to an area in active development.
The world is changing; our resources are finite; infrastructure is evolving and policy in this area is becoming ever more stringent. Choosing to use offsite manufacturing for your projects creates benefits far beyond the first build, if a project can be disassembled and reused, think of savings in resources and energy over decades. Alongside predictability, reduced man hours onsite, increased health and safety for all workers and the potential for offsite to provide temporary spaces for social good – the question then becomes, why wouldn’t you?