Entries by Lyn

MODULAR BUILDING CAN HELP THE HOSPITAL SHORTAGE

When Wuhan, China, began to first wrestle with the outbreak of COVID-19 and the need for medical centers, it turned to modular construction. In less than two weeks, it was able to create the 1,000-bed Huoshenshan Hospital and the 1,600-bed Leishenshan Hospital. Videos of the construction were shown on YouTube. As the coronavirus begins to […]

MODULAR STEPS UP TO THE CHALLENGE

More than 1,300 people answered a job advert for carpenters, labourers, joiners and shop fitters to work at Darwin Group, in Shawbury, building emergency hospital units to combat the virus. From its manufacturing centre, wards for more than 150 new beds will be built using the companies advanced modular design system. The manufacturing centre will […]

FREE UP MMC FINANCE AND BOOST HOUSING

Giulio D’Andrea, marketing director at Green Life Buildings asks: Could MMC be the solution to the UK’s post-coronavirus housing backlog?   Covid-19 has turned the world upside down. When you don’t what to think any more, you look for wisdom elsewhere: from Shakespeare, from the Bible or from a football manager. Let’s start by (mis)quoting […]

BUILD GREEN TO BEAT THE HOUSING SHORTAGE

Following the launch of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission’s report, the Housing Secretary has said that he wants to see zero-carbon homes being built “as standard” within 5 years. David Hopkins, Director at the Confederation of Timber Industries, argues we have no time to waste and discusses how switching focus to building homes with […]

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NEW GUIDANCE FROM CIRIA

Methodology for quantifying the benefits of offsite construction CIRIA and the Laing O’Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology, University of Cambridge, are pleased to announce the launch of a new guidance report entitled Methodology for quantifying the benefits of offsite construction (C792). Offsite construction offers the potential to deliver a number of benefits including […]

10,000 NEW MMC HOMES

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has signed an agreement within Urban Splash to build 10,000 new homes using Modern Methods of Construction The WMCA has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Urban Splash to build 10,000 new homes in the region. The partnership deal is aimed at helping the WMCA hit targets to […]

THE UMBRELLA BRIDGE

The technique works like an umbrella: The bridge is assembled vertically, then lowered and “opened” with hydraulic joints. By  Derya Özdemir Engineers from the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) have developed a futuristic twist on building bridges and demonstrated the technique for the first time in Austria last week. The umbrella-like technique resembles the […]

Kingspan TEK Gets Sporty at New Pavilion

The Kingspan TEK Building System of structural insulated panels (SIPs) has provided the bespoke, thermally efficient shell for a minimalist pavilion at Eton College’s Willowbrook Outdoor Sports Centre. The stunning single-storey building, designed by Lewandowski Architects, sits at the centre of the site and provides a range of facilities including changing rooms, toilets and a […]

The Pulse of Modular in the USA

Joe Beeton of Construction Dive reports on a recent USA survey. Modular Monitor: How GCs, trades and architects view offsite construction, by the numbers Survey responses from Dodge show that the professions are aligned on some aspects and at odds on others. Here’s what the data might mean for the future of offsite. Since Construction […]