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Increasing the Prevalence of Offsite Construction in Housing Association Developments: Conceptual and Pragmatic Challenges

Version 1 : Received: 9 December 2021 / Approved: 10 December 2021 / Online: 10 December 2021 (09:02:12 CET)

How to cite: Agapiou, A. Increasing the Prevalence of Offsite Construction in Housing Association Developments: Conceptual and Pragmatic Challenges. Preprints 2021, 2021120168 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202112.0168.v1). Agapiou, A. Increasing the Prevalence of Offsite Construction in Housing Association Developments: Conceptual and Pragmatic Challenges. Preprints 2021, 2021120168 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202112.0168.v1).

Abstract

Offsite construction is increasingly being presented as a way to increase housing delivery and reduce the housing crisis. Housing Associations play a pivotal role in the delivery of affordable homes and therefore offsite construction could be beneficial in alleviating the crisis. For offsite construction uptake to increase, the conceptual and pragmatic advantages and challenges surrounding offsite housing in relation to evolving social domestic needs to be explored and understood. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the viability of offsite construction as not only a full-service solution to social housing provision, but an integral strategic partner for meeting the range of specialised fabrication needs for these new properties. A literature review is carried out to explore the conceptual and pragmatic advantages and challenges encountered by HAs adopting offsite construction methods. The paper also investigates which the housing tenures are most suited to offsite construction technology. The paper highlighted that whilst individual case studies and example homes offer one mode of justification for Housing Associations to move forward, it is the cumulative effect of cost savings, sustainability, specialised skill sets, labour reduction, structural innovation, and rate of construction that should be weighed and incorporated into this consideration-making process.

Keywords

offsite construction; housing associations; strategic management

Subject

ENGINEERING, Construction

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