• Location

    West Sussex

  • Contractor/Developer

    Barratt Developments

  • Project Size

    Trial

  • Build Time
    9 weeks

The project: Barratt Developments has set a strategic goal to produce at least 20% of its output using offsite methods by 2020. Over a two-year period the developer evaluated 150 different offsite businesses and as part of the process, wanted to run a trial project to see how this approach could potentially scale up for volume housebuilding.

The brief: In 2015, Barratt asked Fusion to design, manufacture and erect light gauge steel superstructures for domestic properties at its Swanbourne Park development in West Sussex.

The solution: The project required integration from the very start of the supply chain – personnel at all levels at both businesses needed to be fully engaged and appreciate what the trial could mean for the future of housebuilding in the UK.

Existing housing designs were adapted to incorporate the light gauge steel superstructure, and in addition to meetings held with senior management, Fusion
took the time to fully brief Barratt site teams on the Fusion system. In late 2015, the project was ready to start on site and with just five men, in nine days, nine properties had been erected.

The trial was deemed a success. The experience gained from this has
secured an offsite order book with Barratt currently worth over £3million – this covers some 160 houses and six apartment blocks, located across three different sites.

“Offsite construction is high on our agenda and if we’re to meet our 2020 target, we need to find the right technologies and partners to help us deliver the quality homes our customers expect.

“Our trial working with Fusion was a success. We were impressed with each stage of the process from design through to delivery and assembly on site. And now, as we’re about to embark on live, large scale developments with Fusion, I’m confident they can deliver, offering the business a further alternative to both traditional brick and block construction, and timber frame.”

Oliver NovakovicBarratt Developments’ technical and innovations director

“If you can get that amount of structure built in nine days in November, why on earth would you do anything else?”

Carpenter at Angmering on the Fusion offsite trial project