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Call for more Government support for off-site construction

Government support for innovation and expansion of the off-site construction sector is a crucial factor in its ability to meet demand, according to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

In a new report, the Institution says that off-site construction can play a key role in meeting the UK’s housing shortage, however the sector needs more skills and infrastructure.

UK House Building: Manufacturing Affordable Quality Homes report lead author Dr Tim Fox said: “The new Government needs to demonstrate real ambition, leadership and innovation, not make small piecemeal changes, if it is going to solve the UK’s housing crisis. Overhauling the way the UK constructs homes could be the quickest and most effective way of doing this.

“Off-site construction technologies have advanced greatly in recent years and can offer shorter build times, better quality, better energy efficiency, less waste, and lower costs for buyers.”

The report’s first key recommendation is for the Government to support investment in the UK supply chain for off-site construction technologies.

It says innovation and expansion is key to competing against imports and meeting demand. Government can help develop the skills needed and infrastructure required to grow the sector.

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