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Does the UK have the skills to exploit off-site manufacture for construction?

30 April 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 Mace, Mott MacDonald, the Construction Industry Training Board and others.

Purpose of session

The session explores what actions are needed from the Government and the sector on skills to meet the changing needs of construction and how digital technologies, like Building Information Modelling (BIM) can be used in conjunction with off-site manufacture.


Tuesday 1 May in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster

At 3.30pm

  • Dr Mark Bew MBE, Chair, Government's BIM Task Force
  • Mark Enzer, CTO, Mott MacDonald

At 4.30pm

  • Mark Farmer, CEO, Cast
  • Steve Radley, Policy Director, Construction Industry Training Board
  • Mark Reynolds, CEO, Mace 
  • Dick Elsy, CEO, High Value Manufacturing Catapult

Possible questions

Questions likely to be covered in the sessions include:

  • What are the opportunities offered by offsite manufacture for construction?
  • What are the drawbacks?
  • What types of skills are needed to facilitate a move to off-site manufacture? How do these differ from traditional construction skills?
  • What are barriers to wider use of Building Information Modelling?

Further information

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