Posts made in March, 2018

Enhancing service in an age of accountability

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In a housing industry where quality is at the forefront of customer satisfaction, Smartroof has engaged in a number of new initiatives which demonstrate its commitment to achieving the highest standards onsite. Production at Smartroof has been at an all-time high throughout 2017 and with the well documented skills shortage providing a challenge to UK house builders, it certainly looks like more and more will be looking towards offsite systems and components in the coming year. The many advantages of Smartroof’s ‘room-in-roof’ panelised system are most appealing to those building multiples of the same house types, where a degree of repetition secures production efficiencies. The move away from traditional roof structures towards these more efficient panelised...

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Everyday Offsite – Partnering with house builders in a full offsite housing solution

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In advance of the launch of an offsite house, Managing Director, Sean Og Coyle explains what actions The Keystone Group is taking to meet the challenges outlined in the Government’s white paper, ‘Fixing our broken housing market’. “This country doesn’t have enough homes. That’s not a personal opinion or a political calculation. It’s a simple fact.” Stark words indeed from Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, but it is a reality with which the British public are faced. The Government’s determined focus on the need to address the housing crisis has thrown down the gauntlet to the house building industry. Ambitious targets, hampered by the lack of skills and labour shortages, leaves every house builder in the...

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Smartroof shortlisted for Product Innovation Award

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Smartroof is delighted to announce it has been shortlisted for the Product Innovation Award at this year’s Offsite Construction Awards. The ceremony, which will be held on 6th March at Ecobuild in London, will celebrate the best in precision building design and delivery. The Awards will reward outstanding examples of prefabrication and factory-based methods, products, systems and disciplines that increasingly strive to develop a sustainable, streamlined and cost-effective way to deliver a better built environment. Smartroof’s entry for this category has been focused around the ‘Smart Suite’; a purpose-built, reusable marketing suite for the house builder to provide the critical first impression for potential house buyers. The Smart Suite provides an ideal...

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Ask the Architect: An Interview with Armstrong Burton Group

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Derek Burton of Amstrong Burton Group works with a number of the UK’s leading house builders. We asked him how current issues are working through at the sharp end of the industry. Are you seeing offsite happening with house builders? Currently, there would appear to be a major drive by the housing industry which is aligned with the Government’s 2020 ambitious targets and its thinking on the need for more offsite solutions to provide the housing stock required for the country. Undoubtedly we now have more clients keen to consider modern methods such as modular construction, pods and alternative approaches including timber and steel frames. House builders are talking to us more and more about these alternative options before they make a decision on which way...

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