Paul Newby - Q&A

Paul_NewbyWhy do you think the offsite sector is so important to the future of the construction industry? 

The construction industry has grappled with inefficiency and quality since time immemorial. With ever more challenging budgets and programmes compounded by the lack of new people entering the industry we have to find different ways to do things. Offsite manufacturing addresses all of these challenges and also embraces the digital engineering revolution where repeatable solutions and the use of data can be used to create real customer value both in the construction process but also, and perhaps more importantly, throughout the lifecycle of the building.

Do you think that MEP is the future of the offsite industry and, if so, why?

Ultimately, I have to say no. The future of construction lies in integrated solutions that incorporate both fabric and services. I also think that traditional MEP services will change radically as we use more systems integration, App based technology and common data environments. This is when the opportunity to digitally prototype offsite solutions will create significant benefits. More prosaically, perhaps new technologies in pipework systems and cable systems will change the craftsmanship demographic towards an assembly demographic; once we go beyond the tipping point who knows what that will mean for tradition?

Why do you think members of the industry need to attend Explore Offsite at Ecobuild? 

It’s the present and the future!

If you would like to listen to Paul speak in the MEP session at Explore Offsite at Ecobuild, taking place on the 7 March, CLICK HERE to book your free place.