The first North West regional event in the Explore Offsite series will take place on 12th September 2018 in Manchester at the University of Salford. The combined conference and exhibition will bring together a range of offsite technology supply chain specialists and industry leaders to discuss the uptake of offsite construction within the region.
The event will focus on the key themes of offsite technology, supply chain resources and opportunities within the sector. Through informative case studies and presentations from industry pioneers, the event aims to attract construction clients, architects, engineers, specifiers, building product manufacturers and suppliers.
Tom Bloxham MBE, Chairman for Urban Splash, will speaking at the event. In his presentation ‘Urban Splash Modular and why we bought the Factory’, Tom explains the rationale behind acquiring SIG’s modular factory and assets. “Urban Splash is committed to expanding its offsite construction capacity and this purchase is a way to vertically integrate our business and give us control of the production of our houses,” said Tom. “It is a testament to our commitment to, and investment in, modular housing.”
Osco Homes is all about making a positive social impact, in her presentation Gwen Beeken, Managing Director, discusses how their successful affordable housing projects are employing a different workforce. A wholly owned subsidiary of Procure Plus, Osco Homes’ objective is to deliver affordable houses constructed offsite at a factory based in HM Prison Hindley, Greater Manchester.
Within three years Osco Homes hope to reach an output of 1,000 homes a year. The model is for the prisoners to be trained and then supported into full time employment upon release. Of the 14 prisoners who are taking part in the scheme and have been recently released, nine gained full time employment and only one re-offended (7%) — the national average for re-offending within six months is a staggering 60%. This pioneering project uses fully offsite manufactured housing solutions. It is not just about building affordable homes but providing training and opportunities for people who may have taken a wrong turn in life but are keen to change.
EOS Offsite Solutions design, manufacture and bring fully tested solutions to market which drives specification in UK construction. Peter Burchill from EOS Offsite Solutions will be presenting ‘Lightening the Load for the Residential Sector’. As specialists in load bearing light steel frame (LSF) panelised and preassembled systems — the company design and manufacture innovative load bearing pre-assembled solutions for pod and modular specialists, together with systems for multi-rise developments.
These speakers will be joined by experts and academics in the field of offsite technology and applications. For more information about the event, speakers and to book your place go to: www.exploreoffsite.co.uk/2018-events/explore-offsite-north-west