How does it work
Modern construction methods allow parts of a build to be designed, planned, manufactured and pre-assembled offsite in a factory setting. This can range from individual components such as service risers and rollout reinforced floors, right up to complete modular builds.
At Kier, we are increasingly using modern construction methods across many sectors and locations. These can range from thousands of precast components to smaller elements such as bathroom pods, prison cells and education facilities.
These methods have numerous benefits in terms of quality, cost, productivity, heath & safety and environmental impact.
Award winning offsite
Our leading approach to offsite and MMC was most recently recognised at the 2020 Offsite Awards, where Kier was announced overall Winner of Winners and Contractor of the Year, as well as receiving multiple awards for our new build prison at Wellingborough, HMP Five Wells including BIM / Digital Construction and Best Use of Concrete. In addition, we won the Product Innovation award for our pioneering MMC Social Value Calculator. In 2019 we were awarded the title of Offsite Pioneer of the Year for our innovative MMC strategy, The Choice Factory.
Each year, our projects and people are consistently recognised at these awards, which promote outstanding examples of prefabrication and factory-based methods, products and systems. By positively promoting our success we hope to encourage others within the industry to implement offsite construction and habitually consider it as the preferred choice compared with a traditional solution.
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Our projects using modern methods and offsite
Developing the first site outside Devon and Cornwall for Trago Mills, an independent, family owned and run discount leisure retailer. Bringing much needed employment to the area it includes 11 retail units, external sales area, café, garden centre, goods yard, ice cream stall, bandstand, adventure dome and model railway.
Constructing an 18-storey, concrete-framed student accommodation block in the centre of Leeds, close to the A64, consisting of 376 studios with communal dining areas, cinema room, gym, coffee lounge and a management suite.
One of the largest infrastructure initiatives in the UK encompassing a new six-lane toll bridge over the River Mersey along with 9km of local road upgrades. Construction was carried out by Merseylink Civil Contractors, a joint venture between Kier Infrastructure, Samsung and FCC.
Cheshire’s first smart motorway from Crewe to Knutsford. Converting a 20 mile stretch of the M6 into an ‘all lane running’ smart motorway; creating much needed extra capacity and more reliable journey times. It will reduce delays and excessive congestion for the 120,000 (approx.) vehicles that use it each day.
Constructing two railway tunnels that run for 6.4km between the Royal Oak portal and the new Farringdon Crossrail station in Central London. Huge scale building of station tunnel caverns at Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road and Farringdon for the new Elizabeth line.
Tapestry provides an outstanding collection of one, two and three bedroom apartments, townhouses and penthouses. Set over 10-15 storeys, the 33,000 sq m development integrates extensive public realm and leisure facilities for the residents of the 129 apartments.
Our North Middlesex University Hospital (NMUH) project was a £53.6 million re-development comprising of 5 separate projects including units for Strokes, HIV, Women’s & Children’s Services, retained estates, infrastructure and external works. We treated each unit as an individual project with its own project team.
Identifying this 20.5 acre site in Reading as a strategic development opportunity, delivering a retail and leisure scheme including new homes, a hotel, retail space, car showrooms and industrial units, trailing new innovations and generating 263 jobs and £138m of social value.
The Ogilvie (formerly known as the Sanger Sequencing Building) provides 4,430m² of flexible laboratory and office space and an integrated energy centre which will feed future developments on the greenfield site.
A joint venture with Kier Major Projects for the University of Northampton. The project marked the first time Kier had committed to a large-scale Light Gauge Steel (LGS) frame project and is the largest LGS project to date in the UK.
Updating Durham University student accommodation, refurbishing and converting one block and demolishing and rebuilding a second, catering for a mixture of mixture of undergraduates, post-graduates, returning students, and includes a mix of en-suite bedrooms, studios and accessible bedrooms.
The redevelopment of Wexham Park Hospital Women’s Services consisted of the remodelling of the Maternity and Gynaecology Facilities. This forming brand new, state of the art facilities for Slough and the surrounding areas.
22 successful years of collaborative gas distribution infrastructure. 1st July 1996; the first natural gas pipe was being installed in Northern Ireland by Kier for PNG, the country's first and largest gas distribution business. This Alliance, competitively re-awarded, sets the sector model for collaborative success between Client and Contractor.
Working with Newlon Housing Trust, the project involves the demolition of the existing structure and the design and construction of a new residential development of 128 dwellings comprising 117 shared ownership flats,11 private sale flats plus 1 commercial unit to shell and core finish.
Supporting firmus energy since 2005 to develop and distribute natural gas across 30 Northern Ireland cities and towns as partner. Kier have to-date laid over 1,600km of pipeline, connecting more than 48,000 customers. Responsibilities include main laying, service laying, meter installs, and uniquely 24/7 emergency gas escape response and maintenance.
" The functional and efficient design of the modular units provided us with the best outcome for our budget. These extensions have enhanced the teaching provision and enabled us to provide high quality facilities to accommodate increased pupil numbers. Combined with the use of modular construction, the team exceeded our expectations for the quality of the build and practical completion was on programme. The authority will certainly consider specifying offsite manufacturing techniques again for future projects. "Project Manager West Sussex County Council