Arcadis and Caledonian join forces to develop focus on modular delivery to boost UK construction capacity

  • Partnership agreement with Caledonian Modular will support increase in housing delivery
  • Senior Appointment of Jim Totton to lead modular focus in the UK

Arcadis and offsite construction specialist Caledonian have signed a collaborative partnership agreement. Focusing specifically on the residential sector, Arcadis will work with Caledonian to develop new modular designs and to build additional capacity in the commercial and technical delivery of new housing.

The use of modular technology is becoming increasingly popular in the residential sector. Not only can it help to increase the capacity of the construction industry by making more productive use of scarce labour and skills, it can also offer greater certainty in scheduling, along with additional quality, performance and safety benefits.

As part of the partnership Arcadis will bring residential insight and expertise, along with design and construction management support. This will allow Caledonian to focus on building its manufacturing and delivery capacity. It means that, together, both partners can offer a fully integrated housing solution, from initial design concept through manufacturing, construction and completion.

To lead the growing focus on modular construction, Arcadis has also made a new senior level appointment to oversee the development of its modular strategy across the UK. Jim Totton will be taking on the role of Technical Director for Modular Buildings Design and Delivery, a role that he previously held at Aecom. Jim will work across all sectors, but particularly Residential and Education, with a focus on further developing Arcadis’ ability to support its clients in the delivery of prefabricated solutions and modular buildings. He will also be a key supporter of the partnership with Caledonian.

Marcus Fagent, Sector Managing Director for Public Buildings, commented:

“In the last three years we have played a leading role in developing pre-fabrication technologies, to the extent that it is now the default technical solution for all education buildings. We are now seeing this success starting to be replicated in the residential sector. Jim has unparalleled technical knowledge of pre-fabrication and will work with our design and commercial teams to strengthen our ability to deliver manufactured options and results for our clients.”

Paul Lang, Chief Executive Officer of Caledonian, added:

“We have a strong history of collaboration with Arcadis. This partnership enables us to leverage design and delivery resources from a large multi-disciplined consultancy to jointly develop precision manufactured solutions for the residential sector. The application of Design for Manufacture and Assembly techniques offers a full turnkey solution.”