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Offsite construction - concept design and delivery  (P3238)


Buildoffsite and CIRIA will develop this new guide primarily aimed at clients and those procuring new buildings & infrastructure to be better informed on the offsite options available in the sector and to make an initial assessment of the optimum use of offsite & MMC. It is anticipated it will also be used by planners and consultants, whilst also benefitting suppliers of products and services by giving them an opportunity to showcase offsite capability and identify where more standardised products could be developed.

The construction sector appears to be at a tipping point with respect to wider use of MMC and, in particular, offsite solutions. To ensure that clients and suppliers realise the potential benefits, guidance is required to exploit lessons learnt by prior projects and to highlight areas where innovation is happening. The guide will support initial concept planning for offsite construction, which  could then be developed into a scheme design enabling clients to be better informed to specify and procure offsite on their projects. The guide will show what is possible when an offsite solution is sought and will enable the presumption in favour of offsite construction to be fully explored. The outputs have been derived from existing guidance and a number of virtual workshops which were held with clients and the supply chain recently.

The scope of the guidance will cover: 

•            Whole life considerations – cost and carbon
•            Project  planning including
                        Site context and concept design
.                       Applying offsite systems (before planning application submittals)
                        Detailed design
                        Manufacturing and construction, logistics and buildability
•            Benefits and risk management considerations
•            Guidance on specifying for performance 
•            Offsite accreditation scheme evolution including Buildoffsite Offsite Product Accreditation Scheme
•            Evolving procurement processes
•            The product integrator role 

Download the full proposal. 

Project funders and supporters
BEIS, DfT, Network Rail, Transport for London, National Highways, Environment Agency, Thames Water, Anglian Water, Sir Robert McAlpine, Costain, Ferrovial, Bentley, Autodesk, Arup and C-Probe.

Project status
CIRIA is continuing to seek engagement with industry and additional funding support for the project.

Further information
To find out more contact Dirk Vennix at CIRIA.