Explore Offsite Futures
DELIVERED | 24 NOVEMBER 2016 | NEC, BIRMINGHAM
Explore Offsite Futures was hailed as a great success by the 250 construction clients, architects, engineers and contractors, who attended the conference. The professionals gathered to share their views on how offsite construction technology could play a vital role in the future of the construction industry. Held at the NEC, Birmingham, this was the second and final 2016 instalment in the series – the previous event focused on the housing sector.
One of the many highlights of the day was keynote speaker Tom Bloxham MBE, Chairman of Urban Splash, who expressed great support for offsite manufacture and construction. Tom stated, ‘Offsite construction is the future and it will change the way we build our homes going forward. Urban Splash want to be someone who works with partners to produce modular homes and ultimately offsite manufacture will dominate the way we build our homes and apartments and generate 70-80% of our business turnover going forward.’
The afternoon of the seminar, featured second keynote speaker of the day, Mark Farmer, CEO of Cast Consultancy who spoke about his recent government commissioned report titled ‘The review of the UK construction labour model - Modernise or Die’. Mark explained about his review, ‘The traditional industry has fallen over, it has become completely dysfunctional and the issues within the industry are seriously impacting every part of the supply chain. The advent of the pre-manufacturing, including offsite, sector is shooting at an open goal but the industry does ned to work around the issues on a benefits case in order for it to mature.’
The next event in the Explore Offsite calendar is Explore Offsite at Ecobuild, taking place at ExCeL London on 07-09 March 2017. For more information, CLICK HERE.