There are new pressures on the industry to maintain quality at lower cost, with less environmental impact. The UK government has set some key targets* for 2025 of 33% lower cost, 50% lower emissions, 50% faster delivery and 50% improvement in exports.
Achieving these targets will mean reducing changes and delays. Analysis** shows that 30% of them
are due to poor productivity, lack of materials, lack of design information and man power.
To address these challenges the question within the building industry is not why consider
Off-site and DfMA, but how to incorporate them.
* Construction 2025 - Industrial Strategy: Government and Industry in partnership
** HM Government Capital Delivery Projects Framework
Applying off-site thinking to find smarter ways to standardise and optimise
After 20 years of experience, DfMA is a way of thinking at Bryden Wood. We do not sell a single “system” or “product”, but instead look to rationalise, standardise and optimise any project or scheme - traditional or hi-tech. We might automate the production of repetitious components, for example, to save resource without reducing value. Our architects can then focus on bespoke elements, applying their skills where they are most valuable.
Working with your current systems and processes
We design for existing supply chains with no preference for one material or technology over another. You'll find steel, concrete and timber in the range of system-build, flat-pack and modular solutions we have designed. Alternatively, we can help you create new solutions, using existing suppliers. With both options, the key is to understand the risks and benefits of different procurement strategies (construction management and early contractor involvement (ECI), for example); or identify the companies with the right capabilities.
Delivering benefits at scale
We have now developed our off-site thinking to a point where we can deliver systemisation benefits on large scale and mega projects. Bryden Wood can create site or location-specific assets with flexible, repeatable components, allowing mass customisation that works within the confines of the architectural design.
It's a practicable, real-world solution that works with the existing supply chain, procurement, manufacture, logistics and assembly processes.
Flexible and widely applicable
For us, DfMA is a way of thinking, so we can apply it at any level, from traditional construction to advanced prefabrication techniques.
You can enter the process at different points and adopt as few, or as many, solutions as you like to gain business benefit.
Increasing improvments in site productivity
Increasing efficiency of BIM workflows
Reduced reliance on skilled labour
Traditional build with standard interface
Traditional build with off site manufactured (OSM) elements
Project specific OSM