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Off-site construction manufacturing inquiry launched

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The potential of off-site manufacturing to boost productivity in the construction industry will be investigated by a parliamentary inquiry, it has been announced. 

The construction industry was worth £100bn to the UK economy in 2016 but suffers from poor productivity, the House of Lords science and technology committee said. The inquiry by the committee will address whether off-site manufacture could improve output, and weigh up the benefits alongside any drawbacks or obstacles to it’s use.

The committee is calling for evidence on whether the use of offsite manufacture can deliver lower costs, fast delivery and increased quality.

Committee chairman Lord Patel said: “The construction industry is vital to solving some of the pressing problems facing the UK such as a lack of affordable housing and replacing ageing infrastructure.

“Whilst off-site manufacturing is not a new idea, the level of technology now available means it is much more viable as a modern method of construction than it might have been in the past.

“The inquiry will consider how off-site manufacture might contribute to improving productivity within the construction industry and how it will fit in with the construction sector deal announced by the Government.

“The committee encourage all those who are able to inform the inquiry to submit evidence.”

The committee is inviting evidence submissions until Thursday, 26 April. 

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