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 productivity. Further to this, off-site construction improves working conditions by taking construction processes to a clean, controlled environment unaffected by climatic conditions. Ideally as many parts of the building as possible will be finished to as high a level of completion as possible in order to minimise work at the building site.

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  • A Whole House Engineering Platform
    The current implementation of innovative timber offsite MMC techniques is limited due to the unavailability of a Eurocode compliant platform that is generic across the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector (Osterrieder, et al., 2004).
  • Home Grown stacked plank elements
    This project came about through the development of an offsite manufactured service core, the e.Core by David Blaikie Architects. The e.Core would use home grown timber which would be formed into massive timber panels and be capable of being manufactured easily by semi-skilled workers using...
  • Future Affordable
    Future Affordable was a collaborative project to deliver a sustainable and affordable housing system for the social rented and private market. The development of this system has resulted in collaboration across the Scottish Construction sector aimed at delivering the following key objectives:...
  • Dunsmore House
    Acetylation is one of the most well-known chemical modification processes; however this treatment method has shown not only to affect the durability and dimensional stability of timber but other key performance factors such as structural properties.
  • Assessment of Home Grown Sitka Spruce
    The purpose of this research project was to determine the strength and stiffness properties of home grown locally sourced Sitka Spruce through a series of destructive and non-destructive tests. This information will allow the test range considered to be compared relative to the strength classes as...
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  • built environment eXchange
    BeX is to act as a cooperative platform to connect University partners and their respective industry collaborators. This connectivity will facilitate student mobility for enhanced experiential learning activities. The process is geared towards undergraduate, early career postgraduate and doctorate...
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Contact linked in profile of Offsite Construction web page for Offsite Construction

+44 (0)131 455 2891

Robert Hairstans
Room 2
42 Colinton Road
EH10 5BT

Selected Publications

Menendez, J.M., Leitch, KL, Hairstans, R. (2014). Structural behavior of timber frame closed panels for specification in the United Kingdom. In: (Ed.) Experimental Research with Timber, , () ( ed.). (pp. 155). Prague: . University of Bath.