Bsria’s Building Better Homes Faster 3 event took place on Friday 13 July 2018. The key messages were: when it came to quality – prevention is better than cure; upskilling and innovation are needed; attracting new entrants – including women into the industry and new and modern methods of working – including offsite build.
The Rt Hon Lord Andrew Stunell OBE opened the event and set the tone with three clear themes.
He declared all political parties needed to work faster to offer prevention in housing quality – better than cure as an over-arching mantra. Housing quality needed to be improved – especially at the design stage – right through to the completion stage.
He said the “challenges and opportunities are huge and deep and difficult with research and development and training and skills needing to be transmitted to the rest of the industry”. His message was stark: upskilling and innovation was needed!” And that industry needed to be seen as attractive to daughters! And to appeal to a “diverse” workforce: industry was too “pale, male and stale!”.
His solution was to “change it round a bit”, don’t think of ourselves as victims and “be in charge of our own fate”. As an industry – we need to hold government to account to deliver on the housing pipeline. He referenced the recently-launched government-industry Construction Sector Deal – worth £420m to transform construction through innovative technologies to increase productivity and “build new homes quicker” with “less disruption” – as a tool to kick-start this. And to treat it as an opportunity for industry to deliver such housing.