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Offsite construction

New and smarter construction techniques are needed if we are to build a more profitable and sustainable industry that can deliver the significant reductions in costs, project times and CO2 emissions that are called for by the Construction 2025 Strategy.

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Adopting an offsite approach to construction does not mean using only completed modular units. There are a whole range of options on the offsite adoption scale, from standardised components, through to modular sub-assemblies to fully volumetric solutions.

The industry needs to start looking at current processes differently and grasp the concept of construction industrialisation.

The concept is illustrated in the construction industrialisation wheel below.  Five key competencies need to be understood if we are to embrace an industrialised approach; design for manufacture & assembly (DfMA), offsite manufacture, logistics and onsite assembly, followed by best-in-class maintenance. These five building blocks are underpinned by eight management skills that are, in our opinion, necessary to drive change.

Help can be found under the management topic.

The School provides hundreds of ‘best-in-class’ learning resources that help to build an understanding of offsite:
  • Sub-topics – the five elements of industrialisation; DfMA, offsite manufacturing, logistics, onsite assembly and best-in-class maintenance
  • Format – do you prefer video, e-learning, workshops, webinars or web documents?
  • Competency level – beginner, intermediate or advanced.

To have a sneak preview, view Topics or Learn from the main menu to take you to the help you need. Whilst all our resources are free, we do ask that you register with the School to access them.

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Key topics to explore in offsite construction

Design for Man and Assembly
Design for Manufacture and Assembly

DfMA is about embedding efficiency throughout a product’s life-cycle, including…

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Offsite Manufacture
Offsite Manufacture

Bringing factory thinking to the construction process, to industrialise the…

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Offsite logistics

Moving to an offsite approach has significant impacts on offsite…

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Onsite Assembly

The onsite assembly process is the management and culmination of…

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Design for Maintenance

Implementation of decisions taken at the design stage through the…

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Introductory offsite resources

Free-to-access training materials, videos, webinars and resources for your use.

Design for Manufacture and Assembly
Design for Manufacture and Assembly
Design for Manufacture and Assembly
Design for Manufacture and Assembly

Construction industrialisation

How do I develop the skills to embrace offsite construction?

The offsite skills assessment enables you to understand what you need to know and provides a quick 10-point learning plan.

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What is the offsite in the School?

Hear from our partners in the Offsite School as to why they think it's an important initiative, and why you should become a member.

The School is pleased to be part of the Smart Construction Network.

This is a collaboration of organisations who are leading the way in supporting innovative construction firms taking their crucial first steps towards adopting smarter, more modern methods of construction. Since its launch, the Network has grown to include organisations with world-leading expertise in the fields of offsite manufacturing, BIM & digital construction, and high-performance buildings.

The Supply Chain Sustainability School teamed up with Kier to create the Modern Methods of Construction database.

It’s really important for clients and professional designers to understand the capabilities of the offsite construction supply chain. This interactive map allows offsite manufacturers to have visibility of who does what in the supply chain and to start the process of building those really important collaborations.

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Offsite Assessment
Benchmark your knowledge of offsite processes against the industry, meet client requirements and get your business recognised.
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Offsite logistics
“The Offsite School is an excellent source of knowledge on DfMA and offsite construction. Its combination of online resources and face to face training delivery means that you can choose the style of learning that best suits your organisation.”
Nigel Ostime, Project Delivery Director, Hawkins Brown Architects

Offsite Leadership Group Meeting Notes

Catch up on what’s been discussed in the Offsite Leadership Group meetings.

Our Partners

The School is a collaboration between clients, contractors and suppliers who have a mutual interest in building the skills of their supply chain. They pay for the School, so it's all FREE for you.