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Is There an Appetite for The Adoption of Prefabricated Housing? An Investigation into The UK Housing Sector (2020)

Ref: build0124

This dissertation will examine the positives and negatives of prefabricated housing and the general desirability by developers, end clients and the government. It analyses the barriers and favourable regulatory aspects to pursuing prefabrication into the UK housing market and the emerging technologies now inseparably related to pre-manufacturing. The drivers for examining the prefabricated homes are; current housing shortage and affordability in the UK believed outdated construction processes and the need for flexible and sustainable housing solutions. Existing development approaches are increasingly perceived as unsuitable and not following the general innovation and technology development trends of our society moreover, are having an increasingly negative impact on the natural environment.

Qualitative research will be conducted in the form of semi-structured interviews with industry professionals to determine the potential of prefabricated housing in the UK a questionnaire will be available as a supplementary and supporting option for cases of time restrictions and to gain a certain level of flexibility collecting the primary data. The qualitative research methods are to bring data from industry experts, institution and government representatives regarding adopting or expanding pre-manufactured production within the housing market. In conclusion, the dissertation will display the opportunities and threats of prefabricated homes to suppliers and end clients based on conducted primary and secondary data research. It will set out their main motives and hesitations and give recommendations of a viable regulatory environment.

Dissertation objectives
  • Identify the benefits and drawbacks of prefabricated homes in terms of economic, social and environmental impacts
  • Examine the opportunities and barriers for developers adopting prefabricated homes now and in the future
  • Make recommendations for policy and practice regarding the future of prefabricated homes for the housing sectors

  • 16,000 words - 54 pages in length
  • Excellent use of literature
  • Excellent of subject area
  • Well written throughout
  • Includes questionnaire
  • Ideal for construction management students

1 - Introduction
Rationale
Aims and Objectives
Methods of Research
Dissertation Structure

2 - Literature Review: Prefabrication as a Solution
History and Perception of OSC in the UK
Typology of Prefabricated Homes
Common OSC
Technologies in OSC
Reoccurring Issues in the Construction Industry
Current Housing Market
Drivers for OSC Adoption
Economic Impacts
Cost
Time and Productivity
Quality
Social Impacts
Health and Safety and Working Environment
Affordability
Environmental Impacts
Barriers of OSC Adoption
Data and Cost
Skills and Education
Design
Supply Chain and Procurement
Planning

3 - Research Methodology
Revisiting Research Aims and Objectives
Primary Research Approach
Semi-structured Interviews
Questionnaire
Interview Format
Sampling
Data Analyses Methodology

4 - Data Findings Analyses and Discussion Synthesis
Main Areas of Potential
Economic Impact and Speed
Quality and Risk
Work Environment
Affordability and Standardisation
Sustainability
Innovation
Main Barriers
Education and Skills
Perception
Data and Cost
Industry Mind-Set and Procurement
Political Environment
Regulatory Framework and Procurement
Planning

5 - Conclusions and Recommendations
Research Objectives: Summary of Findings
Conclusion
Research Limitations
Future Research Recommendations

References

Appendix
Questionnaire


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