What are the implications of offsite construction?
Offsite construction, increasingly used for modular-style construction projects, offers a number of pros and cons. This is completely different to a standard onsite build project, as structures are built at a different location and transported in one piece to the construction site. So why are construction companies choosing to take this route with many of their different projects?
Improvement in collaborative relationships
Perhaps the strongest benefit of offsite construction is that it contributes to building much stronger collaborative relationships. Collaboration between academia and hands-on experience can have a significant impact on the way that training and qualifications are designed. Other countries have demonstrated that this can be a solid approach to ensuring that training is in fact industry-led in the long-term.
Identifying more opportunities for growth
This is also the case for improving construction and manufacturer relationships, and research bodies too, as it gives space for knowledge to be shared, and can produce much more innovative solutions. For example, labour market information could be made more freely available to organisations that can then seize the opportunities that become apparent. This could help to generate interest in construction, and boost the market demand for construction at the same time.
Greater demand for offsite construction
The average homeowner may not be looking at completing a self-build project; however as more and more positive offsite construction projects are showcased, this could see a greater demand for offsite construction in general. This is particularly true where technology is brought into the equation and design and construction becomes more innovative – and as investors, home-owners and stakeholders are made aware of this, they may find themselves interested in offsite construction as the solution for them.
Multi-skilled approach to training
Offsite construction also allows for multi-skill training at entry level into the construction industry, giving professionals the ability to apply greater knowledge of materials and techniques and develop their skills to design and build a wide variety of projects later on. These skills and collaborative information are essential to creating a training approach that offers the widest variety of skills that are easily applicable to many different areas. In turn, this could lead to greater career opportunities and encourage more young people to work within the construction industry, which is essential due to the current lack of millennial workers and general decrease in construction workers.
Education within the construction industry
There is an importance within the construction industry to educate workers continuously about the latest design and build techniques. Insight and training about offsite construction could not only help to fill a skills gap, but help to develop a greater overall understanding of how technology and manufacturing can marry together to provide even better solutions that traditional onsite builds could do.
A different approach
Offsite construction can increase the building speed of a project and actually give a higher-quality finish since each element is built individually and checked before being transported to the building site. This is just one benefit that consumers might choose to take into consideration, which is why it is important for construction companies to be up to date with the latest offsite options to remain competitive.
The RG Group are proud to be leading the way with offsite construction, so you can take a look at one of our recent offsite construction projects, or give our team a call today on 01732 526 850 for more information about how we could help with your offsite construction project.