Case Study: Using Offsite Construction for Housing Delivery in Scotland

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Scotland is currently facing a challenge in terms of providing sustainable, healthy, energy efficient and genuinely affordable housing across the country. It’s generally accepted that a culture shift in methods of construction and delivery is required to address growing concerns in relation to labour and skills shortages in the construction industry, as well as a need to speed up delivery; control costs; and achieve high standards of design and innovation.

Offsite construction clearly has an important role to play in addressing these key issues in relation to housing delivery. Much has been researched and written about Offsite construction focussing predominately on practical issues such as cost, deliverability, transportation and efficiency.

But what does an offsite house look like? What should you consider when aiming to deliver an offsite housing project? How does it feel to occupy an offsite house, and what examples are there across Scotland? This Case Study focusses on four offsite housing projects in Scotland as well as summarising the practicalities and challenges of delivering housing offsite in Scotland.

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Heritage Way, Fraserburgh by Gokay Deveci

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Ulva Ferry Housing by Thorne Wyness Architects

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