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NewsOffsite specialist McAvoy moves into housing
Offsite construction specialist McAvoy has entered the residential market with the launch of a new steel-framed system.
The modular system has been tested with Queen’s University, Belfast, and can be used to build multi-storey apartments, detached, semi-detached and terraced homes.
An complete house can be built in a day and from foundations to occupation in just seven days, the firm says.
Managing director Eugene Lynch said: “We are well placed to become a significant player in the provision of high-quality family housing, manufactured offsite in a quality-controlled factory environment.
“We have a proven track record, strong project management expertise and highly transferrable skills from successful delivery of offsite solutions across a range of other sectors.”
McAvoy has ambitious plans for growth in the residential sector and, Lynch says, capacity is already in place to meet anticipated growth in demand.
Features of the firm’s new offsite housing product include a thermal floor construction manufactured from recycled material and a pre-tiled roof module designed for safer and faster construction.
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PeopleQ&A: Eckart Schwerdtfeger, ZHA Custom scripts push BIM boundaries
Stephen Cousins talks to Eckart Schwerdtfeger, BIM associate and programming guru at Zaha Hadid Architects, about custom scripting to push the boundaries of software, why more clients have started to demand BIM in 2018, and the future of design in the cloud.
How did you get into BIM?
I spent over a decade as an architect focused on computational design, facades and programming. Around six years ago I became interested in BIM after I saw how it was gaining momentum and made the building process and collaboration more efficient. I came to the UK to advance my BIM experience and software skills and that led me to ZHA.
Having computational design and programming knowledge is very useful because most software ...READ MORE
ManagementDoes offsite deliver on its quality promises?
Offsite construction methods are supposed to offer significant gains on build quality – but is there evidence to prove it? Neil Gerrard investigates.
Offsite construction has long claimed an array of advantages over traditional build methods – speed of installation, fewer site workers and, perhaps most importantly of all, a higher quality finished product.
But not many clients see it this way. This was a problem raised by Laing O’Rourke’s technical director, Dr Sarah Williamson, when she gave evidence to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee as it prepared its now-published report (see box) into offsite construction.
While ...READ MORE
NewsNew app aims to make apprenticeship employment easier
New software aimed at helping construction employers improve apprenticeship outcomes has been launched by a Northamptonshire company. Rubitek Solutions’ apprentice and learner management
PeopleThe importance of connected infrastructure in our smart cities agenda
Rebecca De Cicco, director of Digital Node, examines the relationship between BIM for infrastructure and the expansion of cities, arguing that to succeed, we must adopt an open data policy for a
ProjectsCase study: Eco homes, Leicester UK’s largest Passivhaus-accredited scheme
Leicester-based architect rg + p was tasked with designing a development of 68 affordable eco-homes in Saffron Lane, Leicester. Previously a disused and overgrown plot of land, Leicester City C
Technology‘Eye-tracking’ VR tool improves complex building design
CCD Design & Ergonomics, an ergonomics consultancy, has launched an “eye-tracking” VR tool, Evidentia, which it claims will help in the design and development of comple
ManagementFive tips for manufacturers engaging with BIM
Gavin Summerson, senior certification manager at BSI, uses his experience of assessing organisations to explore some of the common questions manufacturers ask when engaging with BIM. Manuf
EducationCPD: Aerial data capture
With the growing use of unmanned aerial vehicles in construction, managers can get the most from the technology by keeping up to date with the regulations that govern their use, says Roy Amos.