Offsite construction: A viable solution to fixing the ‘broken housing market’?

Investors, developers and architects will analyse and discuss the role of offsite construction in the delivery of build-to-rent homes and the issues around quality new homes at a BRE conference this week in Watford.

Taking place on 15 February at BRE’s headquarters, the ‘Offsite Outlooks’ conference will explore the emerging build-to-rent sector and how offsite construction is increasingly viewed as critical to helping solve the skills shortage and improving quality and efficiency.

The UK needs to deliver 250,000 homes a year to meet current demand. The recent Government’s White Paper mentions homes constructed offsite can be built up to 30% more quickly than traditional methods and with a potential 25 per cent reduction costs.

At the heart of the debate will be keynote speaker Mark Farmer, CEO of Cast and author of ‘The Farmer Review of the UK Construction Labour Model: Modernise or Die’ the government-commissioned review into the construction sector.

Gwyn Roberts, Home Quality Mark Lead said:

“46 per cent of people surveyed by the Home Builders Federation said they were unlikely to consider buying a new home.  The perception around new homes is still one of poor quality design and workmanship. However, there is an increasing number of particularly smaller builders who are trying to attract the “46 per cent” into new homes with features and performance that is beyond their expectation.

“While home ownership is not an abandoned policy, a more diverse tenure mix is clearly now the Governments direction. Institutional investors take a long term view, much less interested in the short term rise and fall of sale prices, but dependable rental income. This should give families more long term security about their rented home.”

Gwyn Roberts will be speaking at the Offsite Outlooks conference together with Simon Scott, Head of Investment at JLL, and Mark Jenkins, Product Manager at Kingspan.

To access the full list of speakers and the agenda or to register please click here.