On the 20th November 2014 Architecture + Design Scotland hosted the event “The Future of Construction in Scotland- Build Offsite” focusing on innovations in construction and offsite manufacturing. Taking inspiration from the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village which was built in 700 days utilising offsite construction methods a variety of speakers presented case studies of offsite construction projects, and research and organisations which support the promotion of offsite construction.
The day was completed with a visit to the Athletes village
All presentations were recorded can can be watched below.
Welcome and Introduction
Lori McElroy, Architecture + Design Scotland
Lori heads up our Sustainability team at A&DS and she began by outlining the day’s event in the context of the GREEN2014 programme. GREEN2014 was our main outreach project for 2014 and explored the sustainability legacy of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Lori also reminded delegates that A&DS’s Materials Library – Material Considerations provides an on-site showcase for new and innovative products produced in Scotland. The Library is accessible to the public and by arrangement for design workshops by professionals.
Better Places Better Lives
Stuart Watson, Scottish Government
Stuart studied at the University of Leeds, the Pennsylvania State University, and Edinburgh College of Art; then worked for over a decade in engineering, architectural and urban design practices in both London and Edinburgh. Since joining Scottish Government, Stuart led the development of the sustainability standard within Building Standards as part of a commitment to a more durable, higher quality built environment. He is now promoting positive change at the scale of better places for people to live in, work in or visit, by: supporting the Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative and leading on the practical implementation of ‘Designing Streets’ policy.
The Athletes’ Village – Why the Village Works
Calum Murray, CCG
Calum is a Director of CCG (Scotland)Ltd and a founding Director of City Legacy –the Consortium responsible for delivery of the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village. Prior to joining CCG in 2001, he spent 12 successful years at Beazer Homes where, in the capacity of Partnership Director, he was responsible for the establishment of a specialist division delivering affordable housing for sale and rent.
CCG is one of Scotland’s largest privately owned construction and manufacturing companies employing over 600 staff and 61 trade apprentices. CCG has invested £12M in offsite construction and in 2010 launched CCG OSM – a purpose built, 130,000 sq. ft. factory capable of producing 3000 buildings per annum. This semi-automated production hub offers complete flexibility in the delivery of timber systems, from a structural kit to enhanced panel solutions inclusive of insulation, internal wall linings, windows, doors, services and external claddings. CCG OSM is a unique asset that wholly addresses the sustainability aspirations of the Scottish & UK Governments to deliver more sustainable solutions across the domestic and non-domestic construction scene.
Delivering Towns of the Future- The Benefit of Offsite Timber Systems
Alex Goodfellow, Stewart Milne Group
Alex has over 25 years experience in house building, starting at Walker Homes before becoming Chief Architect with Beazer Homes. He joined Stewart Milne Homes subsequently joining Stewart Milne Timber Systems as Technical Director, where he led the Scottish timber frame industry into large panel safe crane erection. In 2006 he was appointed Managing Director of Stewart Milne Homes Central Scotland where he spearheaded development growth and delivered business improvement before being appointed as Group Managing Director – Stewart Milne Timber Systems.
Stewart Milne Timber Systems is the UK’s leading provider of precision engineered timber system solutions. Stewart Milne Timber Systems believe that offsite construction is a key step change opportunity for the UK construction industry, enabling high quality volume products to be delivered to meet the industry’s volume requirements for the future. Across two factories, they have capacity to manufacture 8,000 units per year.
Modular Steel Construction for Residential, Commercial and Healthcare
Gary Mayatt, ENE Group
Gary has a wealth of experience in mechanical and electrical engineering and renewables, having established successful and profitable businesses in both sectors, brought together to form Enevis. Gary expanded the company portfolio with the acquisition of an industry leading Scottish offsite construction, render and aggregate manufacturing plant. Enevis won Dartford Business of the Year at the Dartford & Gravesham Business Awards in 2012 and Gary won Entrepreneur of the Year at the KEiBA Awards 2013.
ENE Group Consists of Enevis, Enewall and Enemetric. Together, the group of companies are expert in the fields of mechanical & electrical engineering, renewable energy, render and external wall insulation and volumetric construction. They provide clients with complete solutions from initial advice, consultation and concept to construction and installation of the latest, bespoke renewable energy system or custom building to meet their needs.
The Benefits and Challenges of Construction Offsite
Richard Ogden, Build Offsite
Richard has had a long and distinguished career in construction. His employment included Balfour Kilpatrick Industries, British Rail, British Transport Hotels, Ladbroke Entertainments, McDonald’s Restaurants UK Ltd, and McDonald’s Europe Ltd. McDonald’s Restaurants UK Ltd pioneered the use of modular construction techniques for their retail outlets and Richard was responsible for re-mapping McDonald’s European construction supply chain in 12 countries. Richard was Chairman of European Construction Team and Member of European Development Board as well as Director of Advanced Building Systems (USA). He was a founder member of the Construction Round Table and member of the Movement for Innovation.
BuildOffsite is an industry-wide campaigning organisation that promotes greater uptake of offsite techniques by UK construction. A combination of growing demand, coupled with poor quality and a reducing skills base, has created a dilemma in UK construction that will not be resolved without a ‘step change’ in productivity and build quality. BuildOffsite has been set up to promote the option of offsite construction as a potential solution.
Barriers and Opportunities to the Use and Application of Offsite MMC
Karen Campbell and Michael Barton Maynard, Homes for Scotland
Karen is involved in promoting Homes for Scotland’s priorities – housing supply, development finance, mortgage lending, low carbon building, skills and technical services – offering direct support to each of the groups and leading on key projects. Karen is responsible for the formulation of industry policies and responding to Government consultations. Previously Karen worked for West Lothian Council where she undertook quality assurance and front line roles within the housing management service. Karen is a Social Policy graduate from Edinburgh University and attained her MSc in Housing at Heriot Watt University. Karen is a corporate member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and recently served on their Board.
Michael is closely involved in the research, development and promotion of Homes for Scotland’s wide-ranging policy priorities. Prior to joining Homes for Scotland in 2013, Michael worked as an Architectural Technologist for a large architecture firm in the UK, as well as freelance providing support to a number of clients. Michael is an Architectural Technology graduate from Edinburgh Napier University and also holds a BA in History from the University of Stirling.
Homes for Scotland (HFS) is the voice of the home building industry in Scotland, representing 200 companies and organisations who deliver 95% of new homes built for sale each year and a significant proportion of the affordable housing. HFS have launched a research project, supported by the Scottish Government, to identify current levels of awareness of offsite construction, drivers and barriers influencing decisions, and support the industry needs to move towards innovative methods of construction.
Training and Skilling up to meet Future Challenges
Robert Hairstans, Centre for Offsite Construction + Innovation Structures
Dr Hairstans is a Reader in Sustainable Construction and Head of the Centre for Offsite Construction + Innovative Structures (COCIS) at Edinburgh Napier University Institute for Sustainable Construction. Author of ‘Offsite and modern methods of timber construction – a sustainable approach’, He was principal investigator on the project ‘Structural Optimisation of Timber Offsite Modern Methods of Construction’. Robert collaborates extensively with industry conducting applied research in order to deliver construction technologies for tomorrow’s communities. His specialist areas are Modern Methods of Construction, Sustainable and Lean Construction and Structural Timber Engineering.
The Centre for Offsite Construction + Innovative Structures (COCIS) was Formed in 2010 and transforms basic research into commercial applications. The regional focus of COCIS has been on timber offsite MMC, evolving and optimising timber closed panel systems and evaluating and commercialising innovative timber products. COCIS also streamlines information in order to alleviate skills requirements and enhance the knowledge and awareness of offsite MMC.