Apr 28, 2014

Faster, leaner, greener & safer: four ways offsite construction can help you take advantage of the upturn

We recently held a tour of our factory facility in Witney, Oxfordshire, where we demonstrated modern methods of construction, specifically offsite construction. For those who couldn’t attend, this blog explains how it can benefit your project. Hopefully you can make it next time!

We recently held a tour of our factory facility in Witney, Oxfordshire. We brought in construction firms from across the country to take a look at how timber systems can help them take advantage of the upturn in the market, particularly housebuilders.

During the tour, we talked a bit about modern methods of construction, specifically offsite construction. What struck me was the number of people who didn’t realise the benefits taking this approach can bring to projects.

So for those who couldn’t be there on the day, here are three reasons it can help you take advantage of the upturn whether you are building homes, student accommodation or a commercial project.

It’s quicker: Manufacturing offsite speeds up your build programme. It doesn’t rely on good weather and means the foundation of the building and the envelope can be put together concurrently. Where a masonry build would typically take 18 weeks, our Sigma II Build System would take just seven using offsite construction methods. Not only is it quicker, but the quality of the product is much better. In the factory we can precision engineer the timber systems, which results in a better product with greater thermal performance and energy efficiency.

It cuts costs: Manufacturing offsite in an automated factory system cuts down on labour costs and site prelims. The site requires less preparation, you have fewer people spending less time working on the project and you cut down on health & safety requirements. Equally, because of the speed of build you’ll see a quicker return on initial capital outlay. That’s better for cash flow and means further construction can follow more quickly.

It’s greener and safer: Less work on site means less waste. Offsite construction means the volume of waste is reduced and damage to materials is minimised. Likewise, it decreases the likelihood of falls from height because of the use of safety decking. Once you get the timber systems on site, it has the benefit of making construction in rural areas and with limited access easier, while the timber systems are easy to install. In fact, the Stewart Milne Timber Systems team will erect the timber kits for you.

There are many more benefits to offsite construction where these have come from. And the use of our innovative product range also helps to enhance all of these.

Thanks to all who attended, it was a pleasure hosting you for the day. For those who couldn’t make it, keep an eye on the website. We may just look at doing something similar again.

Homes For Scotland Home Builders Federation National House-Building Council Royal Institute of British Architects Structural Timber Association Constructionline British Board of Agrement Wood Campus Build Off Site Building Research Establishment WOOD FOR GOOD

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