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Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative

Advanced Manufacturing of Homes, Buildings and Infrastructure

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Laing O'Rourke and 21 Consortium partners have been awarded £22.1m grant funding to support R&D, Capital Investment and training in advanced manufacturing capability for the construction industry supply chain. The grant is awarded under the UK Government Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative programme administered by Finance Birmingham. This will help address the gap in housing supply by creating a new facility for 10,000 new homes each year and help deliver the UK Industrial Strategy for Construction.

This will create over 1000 new sustainable and highly skilled jobs and apprenticeships throughout the supply chain.

The partners include Laing O'Rourke, Airedale, Apex Cables, Armstrong, Arup, Beckhoff Automation, British Gypsum/Saint Gobain, BRE, Crane, Crown House Technologies, Expanded, Explore Manufacturing, Fulcro, Grundfos, Hamworthy Heating, Hoare Lea, Select, SIG, Thorn Lighting, University of Cambridge, University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, WSP.

The AMF plan builds on our delivery of current offsite manufacturing technologies.

DfMA 70:60:30 is a proven approach employed by Laing O’Rourke across all sectors, where:

  • 70% of the construction is conducted off-site, with a
  • 60% improvement in productivity, and a
  • 30% improvement in the project schedule

The £150 million ‘Explore Industrial Park’ (EIP) factory is our largest investment to date and is the most automated factory of its kind in Europe; it is complemented by our Glass-Fiber Reinforced Concrete factory GRC UK and our MEP factory CHTM.

They have been instrumental in delivering milestone projects like Oxford Westgate, Clarges ‘super-prime’ residential, Crossrail Stations, and the Leadenhall Building (the ‘Cheesegrater’).