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Prefabrication and off-site construction by NCE editor Antony Oliver

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With the adoption of prefabrication and off-site construction we are now seeing new levels of quality and consistency in finished products and with it, huge gains in efficiency, cost and client satisfaction. It’s a step towards, “getting it right first time, every time”.

Comparisons with the motor industry may be clichéd but construction has begun to learn from it. By shifting tricky and complex processes away from the mud-strewn construction site into a factory-controlled environment we have seen big gains in industry performance. 

Breaking down designs into smaller manageable isolated processes means we can identify where savings can be made and decide more easily where risks and the critical path lies.

So whether it is pre-fabricated and rolled reinforcement mats instead of hand-fixed rebar, or factory constructed bathroom pods instead of on-site plumbers, the future of consistent, efficient and quality construction will increasingly be driven by modern methods of construction.

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