Farmer Review Focus on Off Site is Right, Says Prater

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Farmer Review Focus on Off Site is Right, Says Prater

Stuart Whiting, Technical Director at Prater has responded to the Farmer Review’s call for modern innovation in construction to be embraced if it wishes to survive as an efficient and profitable industry.

Prater’s Stuart Whiting comments: “The Farmer Review makes interesting reading for the construction industry. One area of the report emphasises the need to better utilise modern methods of construction and off-site fabrication. This is a view Prater shares, having championed and invested in adaptable industrialisation, which has had a direct impact on the successful and profitable delivery of many of our contracts.

This is because the prefabrication of unitised and panelised building components in an industrialised factory environment leads to an increased level of consistency and the reduction of any defects.

When a unique product or bespoke design is required, the ability to construct a mock-up, test products and methods off-site can be crucial. It enables companies to employ trainees or apprentices in roles within factories or warehouses – up-skilling the industry and giving teams the chance to learn installation works off-site.

The report also suggests a levy on all construction clients, which can be avoided by supporting industry modernisation. Rewarding clients who are commissioning pre-manufactured construction, procuring in a collaborative fashion or using BIM could well be the most effective means of making a real and lasting change.

However, at Prater we are proud to work with many like-minded clients and have seen a dramatic increase in the number opting to utilise our off-site manufacturing capabilities and factories. In fact, the type of work being undertaken is setting new benchmarks for the construction industry.

This is why Prater recently joined the Offsite Management School, an initiative of leading contractors and specialists committed to helping their supply chains develop to meet the challenges we face.

The threads of innovation and collaboration are there but simply not on the scale needed to pull the industry together. What we need now is cohesion - to get better at sharing knowledge and best practice, and to achieve a cultural change where off-site manufacturing is considered the norm to take our industry into a positive future.” 

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