Offsite construction, also known as modern methods of construction (MMC), involves designing, planning, manufacturing and assembling elements of a construction project in a controlled factory environment, prior to installation on site.

By using these techniques, we speed up construction compared to traditional build methods, as well as bringing greater certainty to the process overall, in a variety of ways:

Modular building pods

Modularised construction techniques can be applied to many building elements but are commonly used for bedrooms and bathrooms. These can be prefabricated and assembled offsite to an efficient modular design, shipped to site and installed within a reduced time period.

They can be made complete with all internal finishes and mechanical and electrical services pre-installed, guaranteeing quality control and eliminating uncertainty over the impact of weather or other factors on the construction programme.

Read more about how we completed a hotel in a significantly shorter build time, but with the high-quality finish expected of an international hotel operator.

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Offsite structural steelwork

Lightweight steel frame (LST) construction methods, with elements of the frame fabricated off-site speed up the construction programme.

Discover more about how we built the UKs tallest LST structure, reducing pile foundation loadings, build time and cost for our customer.

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With traditional steel frames, we can design the construction programme so that elements of steelwork are fabricated off-site. This helps to achieve an early wind and watertight position, and allows internal trades to progress despite inclement weather. It is particularly beneficial in remote or rural locations subject to harsh weather.

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Offsite timber construction

Our construction and housebuilding businesses benefit from the in-house manufacturing capability provided by Robertson Timber Engineering. We prefabricate timber components such as roof trusses, floor cassettes and insulated wall panels.

Manufacturing these elements off site reduces construction time without compromising on design, quality or cost. It allows timber-framed buildings to be made watertight as the kit is erected, providing early access to follow-on trades.

Find out how pre-insulated and weather-protected components were used to mitigate the threat of bad weather in a student accommodation project in the Scottish Highlands.

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Assured Construction Delivery

Our experience and extensive knowledge of the built environment gives us the ability to solve even the most complex challenges and deliver certainty on each project. Read more on how we do it, our services and case studies.