ICE responds to House of Lords report on offsite manufacturing

Press Statement

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) responds to the publication of the report, Off-site manufacture for construction: Building for change, by the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee (19 July).

Nick Baveystock, Director General of ICE, said:

“We are pleased to see the House of Lords’ report on offsite manufacturing. In order to improve infrastructure delivery, lift productivity levels and the raise the performance of infrastructure networks, new thinking like this is important.

“We believe the move toward offsite manufacturing will have multiple positive impacts. It offers the opportunity to reduce the costs to the public over the lifetime of assets, to rebalance jobs more equitably across the country, and to minimise the disruption to communities during the construction process. In the last budget, five government departments agreed to a ‘presumption in favour’ of using offsite manufacturing from 2019, and this report indicates the need for success measures of that. It is becoming clear that this is the prevailing direction of travel for UK infrastructure.

“We are also pleased to see the committee’s interest in, and recognition of, the industry-led initiative, Project 13. This programme seeks to establish a new approach within the construction sector—based on an enterprise, not on traditional transactional arrangement. "

Read the House of Lords' report on the Goverenment's website

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