Modular Construction Leads the Conversation at RESI

In September, the UK’s premier residential conference and networking event, RESI, bought together leading developers, landlords, house builders, housing authorities, investors and local authorities.

At the RESI event, some 750 of the residential construction sector’s most important figures debated the latest hot topics in the industry.

Reflecting the metamorphosis that the industry is currently undergoing, the themes for RESI 2018 were “Debate, Diversity, Delivery.” Meanwhile, the increasing popularity of modular construction was very firmly on the agenda.

Companies pioneering Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), such as Urban Splash, TopHat and Pocket Living, predicted a “seismic shift” in the uptake of MMC and modular over the coming years. With MMC transforming the ways in which modern properties are built, this innovative approach is delivering significant benefits to the construction industry.

Sarah Davies, head of core projects at Pocket Living, which built its first modular home in 2016, predicted that between 40% and 50% of its homes would be built using modular before long. She also called for a government-backed accreditation system and a fast-track route through the planning system for modular-built schemes.
Last year, the government said it would adopt a “presumption in favour” of modular on publicly funded projects from 2019. Although industry experts welcomed this move, many argued that the government could do more to support offsite manufacturing.

In addition, Metropolitan chief executive Geeta Nanda called for more financial support for modular.

“Lots of independent organisations are building modular,” she reported. “But if we’re going to get any significant scale, the industry needs more financial backing and more production in the right places.”

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