Can off-site manufacture improve productivity in construction?
24 April 2018
The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee holds the first evidence session on its inquiry into Off-site manufacture for construction, and hears from house builders and engineering experts.
Purpose of session
The Committee considers the potential benefits of off-site manufacture and the implications of its use for architects, design engineers, contractors and the supply chain. The session also explores the opportunities off-site manufacture offers for building high quality, affordable housing.
Tuesday 24 April in Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster
- Professor Jeremy Watson CBE, Vice-Dean of Engineering Sciences and Professor of Engineering Systems, University College London
- Phil Wilbraham, Expansion Programme Director, Heathrow Airport
- Professor Jennifer Whyte, Director of the Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation, Imperial College London
- Rosie Toogood, CEO, Legal and General Modular Homes
- Jamie Ratcliff, Assistant Director (Housing), Greater London Authority
- Tim Carey, National Product Director, Willmott Dixon
Questions likely to be covered in the sessions include:
- What are the opportunities offered by offsite manufacture for construction? What are the likely drawbacks?
- How can the planning system be used to encourage the use of off-site manufacture for construction for housing?
- What re-skilling of the construction workforce is required to facilitate a change to more off-site manufacture for construction?
- What should the construction sector deal include?
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