Since hearing a compelling talk by the Chairman of Build Offsite Chairman Richard Ogden a couple of years ago I have been drawn to reading articles and success stories on this method of construction (you may be interested to read a few articles from their site at www.buildoffsite.com/outputs/publications/).
Investment is being made continuously by manufacturers and tier ones alike (Legal & Generals recently erected site in Yorkshire as a prime example).
McDonalds (other fast food establishments are available) can be "bolted" together inside three days. Heck, I've witnessed a recent Starbucks going up from scratch inside a month where I live - as is mainly the case, the groundworks were the time zapper, but I saw whole ceiling and dry wall systems going in with integrated electrics).
So why is it then that developers (and buyers for that fact) are so reluctant to take the plunge into building houses in this way?
Chris Seeley, a consultant for the Central Housing Investment Consortium (CHIC), explores how the shortage of new builds can be remedied with off-site manufacturing solutions (OSM). For the past 25 years, I have been committed to affordable social housing; now, I believe we have the solution – and with the housing crisis reaching a crescendo, it’s just in the nick of time. We finally have the technology and understanding to deliver five-star affordable modular housing. These solutions are delivered via OSM, a method recently recognised by the Government as way to rapidly increase housing stock. But there are still many developers who haven’t delved into the world of modular housing or, worse, aren’t educating prospective homebuyers about the benefits of off-site manufactured homes, including timber framed houses.