Explore Offsite – The Housing Sector – 23 & 24 March 2016 –NEC, Birmingham

The nation’s media have been reporting on a UK housing crisis for many months. George Osborne’s Autumn Statement promised to deliver 400,000 homes by 2020 and the industry needs to gear up in order to meet this deadline.

It is unquestionable that further complacency in this area will result in spiralling house prices and rent rates, with the possibility of homelessness for the worst affected.

For many, this crisis has already reached a state of urgency. A recent interim report from the London Housing Commission stresses the lack of action taken so far, with statistics highlighting how the trouble with housing has escalated. Buying a house in London is now out of reach for most, with the average house prices set at 10 times the average wage and the deposits set at around £70,000. For renters, the changes have risen by 16%, while weekly pay has only increased by 2%.

The commission’s report notes that London needs 500,000 new homes to be built over the next decade – the statistics show that only 194,000 were built in the last one, posing the question how is the industry going to meet this challenge?

For those in the construction industry with fresh ideas and technologies, this nationwide crisis has potential – the potential to change the norm which governs the way new homes are planned and constructed.

Offsite construction brings with it the hope that the industry can beat Osborne’s deadline. Moving construction of housing offsite enables the build to take place both efficiently and economically, making the national shortage of labour less of a concern. There is significant evidence that suggests that the use of offsite construction has been successful in meeting the needs of significant housing developments at scale.

In traditionally built homes, high energy bills make paying the above prices harder, but offsite construction facilitates the building of homes that are environmentally sustainable and airtight – a great benefit to housing associations.

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The recent news that the government are to release plots of land with planning consent to small developers should increase the quantity of planned new homes. Utilising offsite construction would speed up the build processes for these projects, as building offsite is not dependent upon environmental conditions.

As this method has already demonstrated significant innovation in recent years, it definitely has the potential to play a major role within the future of the industry.

Explore Offsite’s housing event is your opportunity to immerse yourself in the industry’s latest developments and technologies. Taking place on 23 & 24 March 2016 (08.45am – 16.00pm) at the Gallery Suite, NEC, Birmingham – the event will provide a platform for construction clients, architects, engineers and contractors to come together and discuss the latest offsite solutions for the housing sector.

Hear from a range of leading industry experts including:

  • Andrew Orgorzalek – Partner, PCKO Architects
  • Jeff Endean – Housing Matters, London Borough of Lewisham
  • Tom Bloxham, MBE – Director, Urban Splash
  • Jay Shaw – Head of Business Development, Snoozebox
  • Shelagh Grant – Chief Executive, Housing Forum

A number of exhibitors will be present over the two days to showcase and discuss their advances within offsite construction. If you are interested in promoting your company to a captive audience, please contact Julie Richards at [email protected] for exhibitor opportunities.

The booking for this event will be open shortly. In the meantime, please visit our website at www.exploreoffsite.co.uk to register your interest.

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