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Balfour reaffirms pledge to slash onsite work by 25%

Balfour Beatty has reaffirmed its pledge to cut work onsite 25 per cent by 2025 through the introduction offsite and modular techniques.

The firm first revealed the target in December 2017 in light of the government’s 2025 industrial strategy, which is linked to the £420m sector deal.

A paper released by the contractor, entitled 25% by 2025: Streamlined construction – seven steps to offsite and modular building, sets out the firm’s commitments and proposes how government can drive uptake of the technologies.

The paper suggests government could boost the pipeline of offsite work by doing more to explain its presumption of favour of the approach, which was announced in last year’s Budget.

Balfour also calls for a standardisation of components and design, investment in research and development, changes to the procurement model, increased industry collaboration, and learning lessons from the manufacturing sector.

Balfour Beatty chief executive Leo Quinn (pictured) said: “On a national level, industrialised construction would lead to the creation of thousands of jobs across the country over the next few years – if we invest now.

“For everyone in construction to reap the rewards of industrialised construction, the industry must increase the pace of change while the public sector and other infrastructure commissioners need to fund schemes that utilise industrialised techniques.”

Earlier this month the firm’s managing director of highways Phil Clifton told CN his division could beat the group-wide target to reduce onsite work by 25 per cent by 2025, saying the nature of highways work offered greater opportunity in this area.

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