OFFSITE CONSTRUCTION FOR HOMEBUILDERS
Increased production capacity at Bison Precast is helping to meet growing demand for offsite construction.
As part of the Woodberry Down regeneration project in North London, Bison Precast supplied 520 concrete columns for three high-rise residential apartment buildings built by Landmark Construction, which includes one, two and three-bedroom apartments from Berkeley Homes.
With the private rental sector growing, and social housing volumes continuing to rise, the company is well placed to offer residential developers a range of offsite construction options, particularly as the industry faces labour shortages in wet trades. John Duffy, Commercial Director of Bison Precast, said, “Bison has been at the forefront of offsite construction for decades. As the demand for this approach grows in the sector, our precast frame solutions and increased production capacity mean we are ideally positioned to help developers deliver innovative projects against a challenging labour landscape.”
Advantages of offsite construction include reduced overall build times, less demand for on-site labour, improved health and safety, a high standard of build quality due to units being produced in factory-controlled conditions, reduced disruption to local communities during construction and a considerable reduction in the carbon footprint of schemes which use these methods.
Jonathan Fordham, Project Manager for Landmark Construction, said, “The deliveries of the precast units were very efficient, bringing in two floors’ worth of columns at a time, sometimes with just 24 hours’ notice. This helped us keep to schedule, especially during the early stages of the work when there was little storage space available on site.”