Earlier this week the Irish Home Builders Association (IHBA), in association with EY-DKM, released a report titled Putting Affordability at the Heart of the Housing System. This report concludes that 36,000 new homes are needed every year for the next 20 years.
The report examines some of the root causes of Ireland’s housing affordability and supply problems and proposes a whole range of potential solutions from streamlining the current planning process to reassessing current density requirements. Some of the more immediate solutions focus on regulatory and taxation measures, while the bigger picture solutions look to improve State land management in order to boost delivery. While these are all necessary elements that feed into improving supply, arguably, there is an under-emphasis on modern methods of construction and other rapid delivery building techniques that would help the industry to accelerate delivery. A slow start to the year, almost two months of shutdown and ongoing project delays as a result of site teams implementing new HSE/CIF Covid-19 safety protocols means that many projects, both residential and commercial, will need to seek out new building systems in order to remain viable.
Since the full impacts of the pandemic on construction projects became apparent, the Horizon Offsite team have been busy modifying old designs and plans for new clients, including clients that might not have considered the use of offsite construction prior to the pandemic and resulting delays and productivity losses.
Significantly, new clients are discovering that not only will offsite construction help to recoup build programme losses for the proposed development, it will also allow them to take this new learning into future projects for a consistently more effective delivery across residential, commercial, industrial, hospitality and healthcare developments.
Horizon Offsite projects
These productivity gains are not new to Horizon Offsite, in fact, our team have been working on many projects over the past few years across Ireland and the UK, you will find some of our more recent project updates here: https://horizonoffsite.ie/news/
It is also worth looking back at this 22 residential unit scheme at Manston Road, Ramsgate in Kent.
Horizon Offsite was engaged by main contractor Ferndale Contractors Limited to design and build 22 residential units in an established neighbourhood. The design of these homes commenced in October 2018 and work commenced on site on the 7th of December. This particular development was completed in 10 weeks, well ahead of schedule.
The project was designed to achieve NHBC and SCI compliance and Horizon Offsite’s unique accredited thermal bridge detail ensured that the project could be completed using 80 mm Xtratherm Xtroliner insulation in the cavity, this was pre-fitted to the light gauge steel frames by the Horizon team in our facility in Cahir, County Tipperary prior to transport and installation on site in the UK. Also, the unique solution offered by Horizon Offsite includes a site-specific detail for supporting balconies.
About Horizon Offsite
Horizon Offsite Ltd is one of Europe’s leading players in Offsite Construction (MMC/Modern Methods of Construction) providing a full accredited structural light gauge steel system to the domestic, Industrial, Commercial, Health and Educational market.