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What are the barriers in the wider uptake of off-site manufacture?

8 May 2018

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee continues to take evidence for its inquiry investigating Off-site Manufacture for Construction. The Committee hears from Laing O'Rourke, Severfield, NG Bailey as well as architects and engineering consultancy firms.

Purpose of session

The Committee considers what barriers there are to the wider uptake of off-site manufacture and whether standardisation and factory manufacture can be realised without hampering architectural ambition.


Tuesday 8 May in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster

At 3.25pm

  • Andrew Morris, Senior Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour
  • Jane Richards, Director, Building structures, WSP UK
  • Jaimie Johnston, Director, Bryden Wood

At 4.25pm

  • Dr Sarah Williamson, Technical Director, Laing O'Rourke
  • Martin Kelly, Strategic Business Development Director, Severfield
  • David Hurcomb, Chief Executive, NG Bailey

Possible questions

Questions likely to be covered in the sessions include:

  • What actions are needed from the Government and from the construction sector to help increase the use of off-site manufacture?
  • What R&D is needed, and by whom, to realise fully the potential benefits of off-site manufacture and to evidence those benefits?
  • Do business models in the construction industry need to change in order for off-site manufacture to become more widely used?

Further information

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