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Think offsite and smart digital delivery
The skills shortage and concerns about the build quality of new housing is driving a renewed interest in offsite construction. Getting to a place where the majority of construction work takes place in a factory requires a major industry shift. Offsite solutions are often more expensive than traditional construction, the cyclical nature of the industry makes investment in expensive factories risky, insurance companies and mortgage lenders are nervous about new and unproven construction techniques and current procurement rules make the adoption of offsite construction difficult. This conference will examine these challenges including the skills and ways of working needed to leverage the benefits of offsite, and whether recent institutional investor investments
in modular herald a major shift towards this form of construction.

15.00 – 15.30: Registration and networking

15.30 – 15.45: Keynote – Joey Gardiner presents the results of Building’s Top 150 consultants survey

15.45 – 16.45: Panel debate – Making the shift to offsite construction – the implications for the consultant team
To maximise the full potential of sophisticated offsite technologies design and delivery teams need to work very differently. Clients need to make a presumption in favour of offsite, a mature design is required much earlier in the process with a strong emphasis on the use of digital tools and greater integration of design, manufacture and construction. The implications of this shift will be explored in this session.

Chair: Joey Gardiner, contributing editor, Building

Peter Caplehorn, interim chief executive, CPA
Lara Potter, director, workforce for the future, Arcadis
Rory Bergin, Sustainability Partner, HTA
Scott Crease, Senior Partner, Max Fordham
Patrick Garner, Partner & Head of construction, Shoosmiths

16.45 – 17.00: Tea break

17.00 – 17.15: Keynote – Mike Pitts, Deputy Challenge Director – Transforming Construction, UKRI

17.10 – 18.15:  Panel debate: Is the future modular?
Modular is the most ‘complete’ offsite solution as the use of fully fitted out volumetric modules cuts site work to a minimum. But the programme savings from using modular comes with a cost premium and the limited number of established manufacturers limits supply and competition. This is changing with the entry of Japanese modular specialist, Sekisui House into the UK market and institutional investor interest in modular which includes Goldman Sach’s investment of £75m into TopHat earlier this year. Does the entry of these giants mark a new dawn for modular construction?

Chair: Thomas Lane, group technical editor, Building

Amber Beare, technical design lead, Urban Splash
Jaimie Johnston, Director and Head of Global Systems, Bryden Wood
Mike Pitts, Deputy Challenge Director, Transforming Construction, UKRI
Tim Hall, consultant, Total Flow

18.15 – 20.00: Networking drinks


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