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Optimising off-site manufacturing components in the UK house-building sector : understanding the legal and contractual issues

Agapiou, Andrew (2018) Optimising off-site manufacturing components in the UK house-building sector : understanding the legal and contractual issues. In: Offsite Production and Manufacturing for Innovative Construction. Taylor & Francis, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon. ISBN 9781138550711 (In Press)

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There is an emerging consensus that the United Kingdom ( UK ) is presently facing a housing crisis, the root cause of which is predominantly down to the lack of provision of affordable housing (Helm, 2017; Ferrari, 2015 ). Calls for a change in approach, to the way the government meets the housing needs of its citizens, have seldom been more audible (Harris, 2018). One potential solution proffered due to its perceived success in other countries as a solution to their own housing crises and also due the significant role it had in the UK after World War II (Vale, 2013), is the construction of pre-fabricated homes using off-site manufactured components (Miles and Whitehouse, 2013). There is therefore a perceived need to adopt innovative and new construction practices to accelerate the rate of construction (NHBC, 2016).