An event next month will examine how the construction sector in Shropshire must modernise and look to new building methods if it wants a sustainable future.
Shropshire Constructing Excellence will host a breakfast briefing on October 3 examining the growth of offsite building in the region, including local case studies.
An expert panel will also discuss the benefits and costs of building offsite as well as responding to the recent Modernise or Die report, known as the Farmer Review.
The event at the University of Wolverhampton’s Priorslee campus begins with a networking breakfast followed by an overview of the Farmer Review from SCE vice-chairman Dan Leech, of Telford-based TDS Midlands. It will be followed by a closer look at the costs vs benefits of using offsite construction vs traditional build using a local case study.
Guests will also hear from experts at the University of Wolverhampton on off-site construction – the university is about to embark on a new £100m development to house its new School of Architecture and the Built Environment. A question and answer session will follow with the panellists and networking opportunities.
Gareth Emberton, Chairman of the network organisation for construction and supply chain businesses, said: “The issue of building offsite is a continuing debate for the construction industry and this event aims to cut through the noise and look at the pros and cons.
“Is it a case of speed versus quality or speed versus price? How can you make building offsite work for your business and or how does your business fit into the build offside network?
“Mark Farmer’s Modernise or Die report recommended that the industry should harness the use of pre-manufactured construction through offsite built or modular housing to keep the construction alive and meet the needs of a growing population so businesses need to be thinking about how they fit into that future roadmap.
“We hope this event will shine a light on the issues for those businesses working in, and linked to, the construction sector.
To book a place, go to: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/offsite-construction-tickets-37126322831. The event is free to SCE members and £20 for non members.