Why modular isn’t working

Wolf Mangelsdorf low res

A holistic design approach is needed to realise the benefits of industrialised construction

Construction has been struggling for years with productivity flatlining at a low level, poor build quality, high cost and uncontrollable time schedules. Building is seen as high risk and the industry has been unable to produce good quality housing stock at the rate it is required. The output that hits the market is often of questionable real value.

Ideas of volumetric modular construction, proprietary kits of standardised parts, and buildings prefabricated off-site, have returned in various guises over the past hundred years yet not been able to change how we build, let alone revolutionised construction. One wonders why.

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