Our core themes: Manufacturing
How do we drive productivity in construction through advanced manufacturing technologies?
Currently, most buildings in the UK are procured individually, designed conventionally and constructed on site, using traditional skills and materials. Modern methods of construction (MMC) are increasingly being used, either through modular or volumetric solutions or different forms of offsite construction, but these solutions are yet to be widely adopted at scale.
Central to the Construction Innovation Hub’s Manufacturing theme is the Platform Design Programme. Delivering against the ‘client voice’ of key government departments and building on the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) call for evidence to support platform-based design for manufacture and assembly (P-DfMA), the Platform Design Programme is developing a platform construction system. This consists of a standardised ‘kit of parts’ that can be deployed across multiple building types and sectors and offer significant benefits in terms of quality, cost, delivery time and whole life value.
By working in collaboration with industry and Government, the Platform Design Programme aims to:
- Identify, develop and prove solutions that can be deployed at scale;
- Design integrated, manufactured components and sub-assemblies that will adhere to new interface standards;
- Create a ‘rulebook’ that will support wider adoption and provide guidance on how the system can support delivery of multiple building types as well as guide the development of further platforms; and,
- Make available the new standards and rulebook to all businesses in the UK, removing barriers for SMEs and new entrants.
To support the Platform Design Programme, as well as wider industry activities, a new innovation workshop has been established at MTC to test and develop new manufacturing approaches and systems for the sector. The workshop, kitted out with the highest-spec equipment and robotics, will host regular manufacturing demonstrator events to showcase the progress and potential of these new approaches.
The Hub’s Value, Assurance and Digital themes run in parallel with the Platform Design Programme, with projects from across the Hub aligned and informed by Manufacturing activities and vice versa. The team is also connected with ongoing manufacturing-led activities taking place within the broader Transforming Construction Challenge (TCC) programme and across the wider industry, to enable increased optimisation of the Platform Design Programme.
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