Centre for Offsite Construction + Innovative Structures

The Centre for Offsite Construction + Innovative Structures (COCIS) is a research centre within the Institute for Sustainable Construction which works with building industry partners to research and commercialise innovation. With a focus on local sustainable resources, the Centre delivers...

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Our projects

Our project portfolio covers a wide range of interesting research topics and challenging commercial tasks in the construction sector.
  • Aptus Fastener Systems
    Aptus Fastener Systems Ltd present a comprehensive range of products and services, from everyday fixings to high specification structural fasteners. Since our formation in 1992 Aptus has built around its firm foundations to become one of the major UK importers serving a multitude of trades and...
  • Carbon Dynamic
    At Carbon Dynamic we design and manufacture beautiful timber modular buildings with exceptional levels of insulation, providing cost effective, low energy buildings using locally sourced and sustainable materials.
  • Trimble Tekla
    We’ve been developing innovative software and providing technical support to structural engineers for 40 years. As an award winning company, we supply both small and large businesses from our UK offices. Thousands of engineers worldwide choose CSC software for their structural design calculations,...
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Our Collaborators

We are proud of our many collaborations with a wide variety of public and private groups.

We work with building industry partners to research and commercialise innovation. With a focus on local sustainable resources, we deliver construction technologies for tomorrow’s communities.


Modern Methods of Construction (MMC)
In 2004 the Barker 33 Cross-Industry Group was established and involved stakeholders from 50 separate organisations across the construction sector. Its purpose was to examine the barriers to the greater use of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) and according to the group (Barker, 2006) “Modern...
Structural engineering
Structural engineering is an engineering discipline often found within civil engineering. It is a specialisation which evaluates the design, construction, conversion, repair and conservation of structures in order to ensure stability.
Offsite Construction
Offsite construction is primarily based on two key principles: efficiency and quality. The concept of off-site construct is to allow parts of the building to be manufactured in an environment suited for effective production, where, if appropriate, advanced equipment can be used to increase...
Timber Engineering
Timber engineering is a specialisation within structural engineering which involves using timber as structural elements. As timber is hygroscopic, anisotropic and inhomogeneous, timber structural design and analysis is more complicated than that for other engineering materials such as steel and...