It’s obvious to many that the United Kingdom is in the grips of a housing crisis. Estimates vary, but the consensus amongst think tanks and politicians is that the UK needs to up its building levels, and fast – to ameliorate the problems caused by a lack of supply in the housing market. Construction, of course, is the backbone of this – which is where offsite construction techniques come in. Quiet, cost-effective and eco-friendly, this blog post will explain why offsite construction is the future of large-scale residential schemes.
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The bottom line is, naturally, absolutely crucial when it comes to building a residential scheme – you don’t want to run the risk of bankrupting yourself and leaving a site half-built. Offsite construction methods offer a gratifying cost benefit – the project is delivered sooner, so the return on investment is generally superior to that of traditional construction. This also means peace of mind for local authorities and housing associations looking to build quickly and avoid being left out of pocket.
Punctual and speedy construction techniques can only be good for the building of residential construction schemes, meaning tenants on a waiting lists spend less time in temporary housing – something that is sorely needed due to the sheer number of people on these waiting lists. Modular construction is quick because it utilises factory techniques, meaning there is a controlled environment for the assembly of each module – unobstructed by inclement weather or traffic disruption.
Conventional building methods often harm the environment, by using intensive amounts of water and producing a lot of waste. If you’re looking to create a residential space that’s in harmony with its surroundings, offsite construction is an ideal solution. Not only does it prevent the disruption of the local environment (which is common with full-scale, piecemeal construction projects), but it’s also a whole lot quieter – reducing noise pollution that could affect local wildlife and the sleeping patterns of local residents.
Safety concerns nullified
Site safety has always been a hot-button issue, as proper health and safety practice breeds confidence and happiness in a workforce. Problems that often arise onsite can be nullified by switching production to a factory setting, with more concrete health and safety procedures in a more controllable environment.
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Renovations or refits are very difficult within conventionally constructed buildings, often involving walls being knocked through, flooring being relaid and the whole process taking a significant length of time – during which the site can become a muddy mess. All of this is not exactly homely, and would negatively impact on a residential development if, say, an apartment building needed a refit. With offsite construction, there exists an ability to swap modules using a process that’s much easier and less destructive than a conventional renovation.
This building technique has so much to offer, with even Grade I listed architectural marvels now being updated to include energy-efficient modular elements. Offsite construction really does have the revolutionary potential to help build the homes of tomorrow, cheaply, safely, and in style.