The smart construction solution to the housing crisis

Latest News Tue, Apr 10, 2018 7:41 AM

It is no secret that the UK faces a severe shortage of homes, particularly in the social housing sector.

The pressure on the housing supply comes at a time when the average age of the construction workforce is increasing, creating a potential time bomb that will play out over the next 10 years as the workforce shrinks by an estimated 25%.

There is a smart solution - the industry needs to embrace offsite forms of construction to increase the attractiveness of the industry to new entrants and to improve productivity to increase output with less labour. Offsite manufacture in a factory environment is by no means a new concept and the benefits are clear.

Major manufacturers working in the offsite sector say that they can deliver the capacity required, however to do this, they need committed volumes to generate a climate of confidence for investment.

Chair of the Explore Offsite Housing Event, Darren Richards, Managing Director of offsite experts, Cogent Construction, supported this view saying: "By far the largest house building programme that is going to be delivered is by the government. For the industry to have the confidence to invest, a committed government housing pipeline is required, but I think this should be taken a step further to offer greater economies of scale and instead of buying as a single programme - the government should aggregate demand across residential sectors and regions."

The official figures released at the end of 2017 show that the number of new homes in England increased by more than 217,000 in 2016. This signifies the highest level of net additions since the recession and it is the first time in almost a decade that the 200,000 milestone has been reached.

Without doubt, some progress is being made - experts have hailed offsite construction as the only way to respond to the huge demand for new housing. This represents a major opportunity for construction professionals operating in or entering the offsite arena. Crucial to success, is understanding the construction dynamic and keeping abreast of constant innovations within the sector.

Explore Offsite Housing does not claim to have all the answers but can offer in-depth insight from those who are shaping the future of the social housing and private residential sectors - as well as learnings from a host of innovators and thought leaders in the offsite sector. The conference and exhibition will offer the opportunity to learn direct from a high-profile speaker line-up featuring Sir Edward Lister, Chair - Homes England; Aiden Wilkie, Deputy Director for Housing Diversification - The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government and Jenny Coombs, Project Director - Local Partnerships.

Explore Offsite Housing brings together industry leaders and pioneers to discuss the latest innovations in offsite technologies and the growing opportunities that the housing shortage presents.

Taking place at the NEC, Birmingham today and tomorrow (April 10 and 11) the conference and exhibition will provide a fantastic opportunity for members of the construction industry, who want to tap into the huge opportunities on offer across the offsite construction sector. The event format provides a dynamic and interactive learning experience for all visitors through presentations and a wide array of exhibitors.

Explore Offsite is a series of conferences and exhibitions creating a platform for construction clients and their professional advisers to explore the latest offsite construction solutions.

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