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Title: A longitudinal investigation into utilising crosswall construction for multi-storey residential buildings
Authors: Pan, Wei
Sidwell, Robert
Soetanto, Robby
Keywords: Innovation
Learning
Offsite construction
Precast concrete crosswall
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: ARCOM
Citation: PAN, W., SIDWELL, R. and SOETANTO, R., 2009. A longitudinal investigation into utilising crosswall construction for multi-storey residential buildings. In: Dainty, A.R.J. (ed.) Proceedings of the 25th Annual ARCOM Conference, 7-9 September 2009, Nottingham, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, pp. 261-270.
Abstract: To address the under-supply and poor build quality of housing in the UK, the use of offsite technologies has been promoted. Precast concrete crosswall is an offsite technology encouraged for use for multi-storey developments. However, the uptake of crosswall is slow, which constitutes a risk to long-term housing delivery. This paper addresses this risk by revealing an insight into the utilisation of crosswall for multistorey residential buildings in the organisational context. The paper reports on longitudinal case study research of 20 crosswall buildings, consisting of 1930 apartments in total, constructed by a leading UK housebuilder in recent five years. The case study involved document analysis and personal interviews with the company and their supply chains. The rationale for utilising crosswall included considerations of design, technical, commercial, procurement and construction. The primary driver was simplicity from both procurement and contractual aspects, which enabled the developer to construct buildings up to 20 storeys without engaging specialist main contractors. Other benefits included reduced on-site duration, enhanced quality of finish, reduced waste, improved health and safety and cost savings, whilst issues existed in design, procurement and construction. To fully realise the potential benefits from utilising crosswall requires modifications to existing design process and supply chain management and cultural support to innovation and learning. Strategies are developed from the longitudinal learning process. They should encourage the uptake of crosswall and improve quality and efficiency of housing supply in the future.
Description: This is a conference paper. It is also available at: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/16513
Publisher Link: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2009-0261-0270_Pan_Sidwell_and_Soetanto.pdf
ISBN: 978-0-9552390-1-4
Appears in Collections:Conference Papers (Civil and Building Engineering)

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