A new report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers calls on the government to provide incentives to encourage off-site construction of new homes.
The "UK House Building: Manufacturing Affordable Quality Homes" report suggests that “Off-site construction technologies have advanced greatly in recent years and can offer shorter build times, better quality, better energy efficiency, less waste, and lower costs for buyers.
“Government should also provide incentives to encourage self-builders, local authorities and housing associations to build more homes and introduce regulation to discourage builders from building small dwellings with poor energy efficiency and environmental performance.
LHC has already recognised the opportunity provided by this construction solution and can offer local authorities and housing association a pre-tendered procurement solution through its Off-site Construction of New Homes framework.
To summarise the report recommendations, it concludes:
1. Government should support investment in the UK supply chain for off-site construction technologies.
2. Government must reverse policies that are working against improvements in quality and standards.
3. Government should work much harder to diversify the UK housing supply market, by opening up much greater opportunities for self-builders, local authorities and housing associations.
Procurement Guide on Offsite construction of New Homes (NH1)