An investigation into current UK residential development construction methods and why new technologies and modern methods of construction are not being used on a larger scale

Collins, Christopher (2016) An investigation into current UK residential development construction methods and why new technologies and modern methods of construction are not being used on a larger scale. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Considering it is the 21st Century, the technology and methods that developers are using to build mass housing seems to be locked in the past. The project aims to find the reasons why this is and encourage developers to be more innovative and exciting. The aim of this dissertation is to review current UK residential building methods and provide an argument for residential developers to switch to using modern methods of construction which would create houses that are more technologically advanced, sustainable and cost effective.
    The findings of this study have emphasised the importance of engaging all the industry players in delivering housing supply in both quantity and quality. The need for the uptake of MMC should now be paramount from the ‘grass roots’ of the industry, students in college, right up to Government level. If the UK is to seriously address the issues surrounding the construction industry in terms of skills shortages and housing demand exceeding demand, then the use of MMC must be implemented across the whole sector. If the construction industry were to be successful in enforcing the use of MMC across the sector, the UK stands a very real chance of producing homes that the public want to live in and are also quicker to build whilst quality is retained as well as being more environmentally friendly. The UK’s construction industry has the facilities and infrastructure to be world renowned and the homes which it builds for its residents to live in needs to reflect this.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2016 11:22
    Last Modified: 05 Sep 2016 11:22
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/21719

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