Rise of Pre-fabrication
Challenging times breed innovation. In the wake of WW2, Winston Churchill launched the ‘Emergency Factory Made’ programme, which delivered over a million new homes; a significant proportion of which were prefabricated. In the wake of the EU referendum and the threat of labour shortages, the private sector (L&G and Berkeley Homes in the vanguard) is redoubling efforts to deliver a new wave of prefab homes. But this is not just about labour. Pre-fab tech has come a long way and is now capable of delivering high quality homes in 25% of the (on-site) time as a typical house. This will abbreviate build times significantly with attendant finance savings. It may also open the door to a genuine build-to-order model, with a 10-week construction window approaching the length of time needed for due diligence and legal process.