Government injects £22m into offsite housebuilding initiative

The government is giving £22m backing to Laing O’Rourke to help speed the development of offsite technology and processes for housebuilding. The £22m grant will support a £104m project being led by Laing O’Rourke, which will also deliver training in digital engineering and installation skills. The company has already adopted a design for manufacture and assembly approach for the construction sector and is now planning to build an assembly plant for housebuilding alongside its existing plants.

Business secretary Vince Cable said: “To meet urgent demand for new affordable homes, the construction industry must embrace new technologies and techniques – and our support will help them do this more quickly.

“This reflects the long-term commitment of our industrial strategy to modernising British manufacturing.”

Stephen Harley, director of advanced manufacturing at Laing O’Rourke said: “This grant comes at a critical time for the construction and engineering sector and its supply chain. It will help our consortium create over 600 new jobs – and could create 1,000 more across the diverse supply chain.”

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