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 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.
Our redevelopment of Broadmoor Hospital was the ‘Winner of Winners’ at the 2017 Offsite Awards. Building on our experience in the mental health and custodial sectors we brought together a team to produce four precast buildings with 280 different types of precast elements and 6,000 components. This resulted in a quarter as many operatives being needed on site as with traditional construction methods and the need for onsite hazardous construction activities was eliminated.
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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.
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.
" 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