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 innovative use of offsite building techniques and modern methods of construction has been recognised through the winning of several national awards.
Our company-wide approach to offsite was most recently recognised at the Offsite Construction Awards, where we achieved recognition as ‘Offsite Pioneer of the Year’ 2019, for the launch of our Choice Factory.
Our work on the prestigious biomedical research laboratory ‘Project Capella’ at the University of Cambridge won both the ‘Use of Concrete’ and ‘Winner of Winners’ awards at the 2018 Offsite Awards. More than 80% of the frame and façade was built offsite as high quality precast modules, reducing construction time by over five months.
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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.
Queensland Road was the final housing phase of the Arsenal Regeneration Scheme and the biggest single development in the regeneration area. It consists of 354 mix tenure homes and the new Arsenal Sports Centre providing a venue for educational and social inclusion community programmes.
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.
" 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