Platform Programme

The Hub’s Platform Programme team is working alongside industry and Government to define the need and establish a clear route for industry and clients to adopt a platform approach, one that will enable industry to meet the evolving needs of future infrastructure.

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The Platform Programme helps improve sector productivity whilst ensuring high standards of quality and performance of our infrastructure for future generations.

Encouraging innovation and enabling market evolution.

The Hub’s Platform Programme is a collaboration of industry leaders, peers and Government to develop, prototype, test and demonstrate the fundamentals of a platform approach that encourages innovation within offsite construction and future-proofs industry.

The Hub has published the beta Product Platform Rulebook for consultation.

Developed with the Hub’s industry partners, the Rulebook addresses the Government’s ambitions – set out in the Construction Playbook and TIP Roadmap – to accelerate the development and adoption of solutions to deliver our future schools, hospitals and homes – boosting productivity, innovation and quality.

It is an open-access guide to support industry – clients, consultants, contractors, manufacturers and product suppliers – in building capability and capacity to develop and deploy product platforms to meet demand.

Publication follows stakeholder consultation and industry involvement in developing the Rulebook, which not only defines a set of seven guiding Rules but also introduces a ‘Product Platform Development Framework’ – detailed steps to guide anyone seeking to develop and deploy product platforms.

The needs of government, clients and industry have been at the heart of development. This will be a tool that both demand and supply side can use to help the delivery of the future pipeline of projects and programmes. It will encourage clients to harmonise requirements and specify a platform approach with confidence – secure in the knowledge that this will improve safety, performance, and quality criteria.

Read the beta Platform Rulebook here.

Lee Rowley MP, Minister for Business and Industry:

Platform-based approaches are an example of how we can use digital and offsite manufacturing technologies to drive the transformation of the construction industry in the UK, improving its performance and delivering better outcomes for clients.

This Platform Rulebook will help both construction clients and firms in the supply chain adopt more standardised parts by using product platforms to deliver new buildings and infrastructure, significantly improving productivity, quality, safety and sustainability.”

Hub Director Keith Waller:

The publication is about driving the schools, hospitals, homes and buildings of the future. Designed with built-in mechanisms for continuous improvement and the opportunity for synchronisation and streamlining as both capability and capacity grow.

The collaboration involved to get to this point has been exceptional – our beta Rulebook has been produced by industry and today marks the start of a further round of consultation. I look forward to seeing the Rulebook evolve as it becomes the basis for Platform approaches.”

Quality Assurance & Validation

Construction Product Quality Planning (CPQP) provides an integral part of the rulebook providing structured quality planning processes for introducing new products, from the concept phase through to manufacturing and first-time installation. More information about CPQP can be found here.

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Driving efficiency and quality in construction manufacturing resulting in a more resilient and effective infrastructure fit for future needs.

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Creating a pipeline of opportunity for industry whilst simultaneously reducing the skills gap by creating new and more appealing jobs.

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CPQP is a quality planning process aimed at enterprises that design, manufacture and use construction products through manufacturing-led approaches.

Over 40 partners contributing to the Platform Programme and counting

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    What our community thinks

    The IPA is delighted to be supporting the development of the Construction Innovation Hub’s Platform Design Programme, which closely aligns with our P-DfMA approach. The insights revealed by the Hub illustrate the enormous potential of the platform approach to transform how we build critical social infrastructure.”

    Will Varah , Infrastructure and Projects Authority

    Being part of this group is very important to us. We look forward to developing our belief, systems and benefits in an offsite engineered HybriDfMA ‘kit of parts’ future for the industry with the significant gains that such can deliver to all associated with the construction industry and very importantly society in general.”

    Nickie Brown , PCE Ltd

    We share the ambitions of the Platform Design Programme and are fully committed to developing deployment-ready, manufactured-off-site buildings that address all of the economic, societal, environmental and wellbeing needs of the end-users.”

    Rob Morrison , Ventive Ltd

    BAM is proud to be supporting the Construction Innovation Hub to deliver its Platform Design Program. This initiative will help us to foster collaborative innovation and encourage the wide spread adoption of offsite within the public sector. Leading to a step change in the way we deliver new buildings in the future.”

    James Wimpenny , BAM Construct UK

    The Platform Design Programme is the kind of project that fits SFS’s DNA perfectly. We are working with like-minded partners in the industry, developing new tools and methods of construction. Knowing you are part of something that will shape the future is exciting; not only are we looking forward to the outcome but what we will learn on the journey.”

    Andy Stolworthy , SFS Group Fastening Technology Ltd
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