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DAWN OF THE DISRUPTORS Welcome to the latest edition of Offsite Magazine. Hopefully everyone will have recovered from the exertions of ecobuild 2018 and the Offsite District and congratulations once again to all those that came away from the Offsite Construction Awards as worthy winners.

customisation is only possible because of the offsite factory-based approach.

You will be able to see the winning projects in all their glory in our special dedicated Awards section in the middle of this issue. The judging panel found it tough to separate the shortlisted entries in each category which reflects the levels of expertise and innovation being extremely high across all aspects of the offsite industry.

In this issue we also feature another of our roundtable events – hosted by recruitment specialists ARV Solutions. Talk surrounded the many ways that the offsite sector – and construction industry in general – is having to think carefully about the changing landscape of skills, training, staffing and retention of talent. We also report on the latest of the recent Inside Offsite factory tours that saw delegates shown around the Northampton facility of light gauge steel specialists Fusion Building Systems.

Housing is a subject that is never far away from any construction conversation and we have comment from two newer entrants into the offsite housing sector, both of whom – in the current fashionable jargon – can be described as ‘disruptors’. Swan Housing Association with its NU build system and ilke Homes are the types of organisation that are going to make a genuine, high-impact difference to the housing delivery model that the UK desperately needs, if the nation is to get anywhere near building the numbers of homes that are desperately required. Buyers of Swan’s modular NU homes will be able to custom-design their new home, using an online configurator to choose from over one million options – this level of

As we went to press, ilke Homes were on the brink of the official ‘launch’ of its factory in North Yorkshire and as Björn Conway, CEO of ilke Homes told me, is one of the UK’s only modular homes businesses currently set up to operate at scale with the target of delivering 2,000 homes a year in two years.

Amongst our material-focused case studies and coverage, we also hear from architect Robin Dryer, a partner in the practice that used cross laminated timber (CLT) for the first time to deliver a stunning new education facility for the Stephen Perse Foundation in Cambridge. As always special thanks to all our contributors, advertisers and supporters.

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