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Working group set up to incentivise off-site housebuilding

An expert working group is being set up to incentivise off-site housing construction and attract investment, housing minister Mark Prisk announced today.

Mr Prisk said the method, which lowers build times, cost and carbon impact, could “revolutionise” British housing, particularly in affordable housing and the private rented sector.

The announcement was made at the £100m Laing O’Rourke Explore Plant in Steetley.

Mr Prisk said: “Off-site construction is an industry with untapped potential in this country, and could in time revolutionise the way we deliver our housing, providing a swift, high quality solution to creating cost effective, zero carbon homes.

“I’ve seen for myself the benefits this method can bring, both to builders and to local communities, creating the jobs and training opportunities local people need.

“So today I’m taking action to maximise this potential, and setting up an expert offsite construction action group to take forward today’s recommendations and help to drive innovation in British house building.”

The minister will also ask the Private Rented Sector taskforce and the National Self-Build Association to find ways to expand off-site construction.

Laing O’Rourke chairman Ray O’Rourke said:  “We welcome the Minister’s determination to ensure that innovation is brought to bear in meeting Britain’s housing needs.” 

“As an industry we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a new and leading housing proposition for the UK market, based on the successful Design For Manufacture and Assembly approach we have pioneered in Laing O’Rourke’s core construction business.”

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