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Title: Barriers and opportunities for offsite in the UK
Authors: Goodier, Chris I.
Gibb, Alistair G.F.
Keywords: Offsite
Offsite production (OSP)
Survey
Questionnaire
Prefabrication
Industrialisation
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) / Association of Finnish Civil Engineers (RIL)
Citation: GOODIER, C.I. and GIBB, A.G.F., 2005. Barriers and opportunities for offsite in the UK. IN: Abdul Samed Kazi (ed). Systematic Innovation in the Management of Project and Processes, cib Helsinki International Joint Symposium, pp. 148-158
Abstract: The UK still falls behind most equivalent economies in terms of the takeup of industrialisation in construction and techniques such as offsite construction. Interest in the UK in industrialisation and offsite has recently been increasing however, partly attributable to the increased demand for housing, and pressure by Government and industry to improve the performance of the UK construction industry, particularly its efficiency, quality, value and safety. This paper discusses the views of the UK construction industry on offsite. This work has been conducted by Loughborough University as part of a DTI and UK industry funded research programme on offsite technologies and prefabrication called prOSPa (promoting OffSite Production applications). This paper presents results from a recently completed questionnaire survey on offsite and prefabrication in the UK. A preliminary survey was used to guide and inform the development of a main survey involving three different questionnaires in order to target the three main groups of stakeholders involved with offsite suppliers/manufacturers, contractors and designers/clients. More than 90% of the respondents had used some type of offsite or prefabrication in at least one of their projects. Demand for offsite is clearly increasing in the UK and nearly three quarters of the suppliers surveyed thought that take-up of offsite by industry was increasing in their sector. The biggest advantages of offsite compared with traditional construction were thought to be the decreased construction time on site and increased quality. The belief that using offsite is more expensive is clearly the main barrier to its increased use.
Description: This conference paper is also freely available at the ICONDA┬«CIBlibrary: http://www.irb.fraunhofer.de/CIBlibrary/index.jsp
Version: Published
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/5451
ISBN: 9525004643
Appears in Collections:Conference Papers (Civil and Building Engineering)

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