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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

At 3.20pm

  • 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

At 4.20pm

  • Rosie Toogood, CEO, Legal and General Modular Homes
  • Jamie Ratcliff, Assistant Director (Housing), Greater London Authority
  • Tim Carey, National Product Director, Willmott Dixon

Possible questions

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?

Further information

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