Today the House of Lords' Science and Technology committee publish their awaited report into Off-Site manufacturing in construction.
The report, called Building for Change, can be found here. For all of us interested in housing and off-site manufacturing it is recommended reading.
Benefits of OSM: Their Lordships have done a thorough job of setting out the key benefits of OSM including:
What needs to work better: Their Lordships have done a thorough job of considering, among other things, and in our own words:
Of course, one of the most interesting aspects of this report is that is by the Science and Technology Committee, not a housing, planning, treasury or business committee. More of this to follow we expect, as advanced manufacturing and the digital technology drive different needs across education, skills & training, industry, taxation and many other areas.
Housing is no longer simply about bricks & mortar construction. Off-site manufacturing has great potential to drive the delivery of high quality, fast, customised, cost effective product. But more needs to be done, and quickly, to turn that potential into reality so that we can build the homes the country needs.