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  • November 2016
    CLOUD OFFSITE CONSTRUCTION AND BIM – EMBRACING AN INTEGRATED AND COLLABORATIVE APPROACH TO 3D DESIGN

    “This government’s four year strategy for BIM implementation will change the dynamics and behaviours of the construction supply chain, unlocking new, more efficient and collaborative, ways of working. This whole sector adoption of BIM will put us at the vanguard of a new digital construction era and position the UK to become the world leaders in BIM.” Francis Maude

    All centrally procured public sector projects now require the implementation of Building Information Modelling BIM at level 2, bringing people and information together to work effectively and efficiently through defined processes and technology. Designing a building collaboratively using one coherent system of computer models rather than separate sets of drawings brings many benefits, including reduction of conflicts and changes during construction, resulting in less rework and improved productivity, ultimately saving time and money for all parties involved in the building process.

    If those benefits sound familiar, it may be because they are the same benefits that are already an intrinsic element of offsite construction, and the very elements that make it such an efficient way to build. With the implementation of BIM, the need to make decisions early, which some have seen as a negative of offsite construction, has been rebranded as the positive need for the right date to be created at the right time by the right people in the team. The key to successful digital workflows using BIM are very similar to the key requirements for the successful delivery of an offsite project – clearly defined requirements; agreed project deliverables of quality, time and money; and validation of the project against the deliverables. All this means that offsite construction is ideally placed to spearhead the BIM revolution.

    The benefit of BIM to our customers is that the entire project is streamlined, and potential issues anticipated and corrected in the virtual world, rather than the real one. Being able to view a 3D image of the build, showing progress as well as the final completed product, allows everyone involved to be even more invested in the project, visualising designs not just in flat 2D drawings but from any angle or view in full 3D, which really brings the entire thing to life.

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  • October 2016
    RESPONDING TO WINTER PRESSURES – CLOUD OFFSITE CONSTRUCTION’S RAPID SOLUTIONS TO CAPACITY DEMANDS

    Winter is often a flashpoint for the pressures faced by hospitals throughout the year, with resources stretched to their limits. New theatres, more wards, more support areas - all these could alleviate winter pressures, but when space, time and money is at a premium, how realistic is it to even think of expansion in these key areas? Modular construction could be the answer.

    The QualityWatch report, a joint Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation research programme, tracked performance across 29 different indicators from spring 2010 to autumn 2015 to analyse the pressure hospital services experience in winter. One of its key findings was: “While the trend in the number of people attending A&E units each year is increasing, fewer people attend during winter compared to the rest of the year. But of those who do attend there is a larger proportion of older people attending and a larger proportion of people requiring an emergency admission to hospital.”

    Commenting on the report, Dr Clifford Mann, president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said: "A&Es are under pressure all year round with more attendances in the summer and more admissions in the winter. Recent reductions in the number of available beds exacerbate an already overstretched system and in consequence more and more patients experience unacceptable delays.” He also stressed the need to have “beds promptly available for patients when needed."

    Cloud Offsite Construction, working with medical engineering specialist Howorth Air Technology, can deliver a new theatre in as little as 22 weeks, a new ward in 12, a new office or link corridor in four, all supplied virtually complete and requiring little more than external finishes and service connections before being good to go. The delays often encountered in traditional building programmes due to weather, Health & Safety concerns, and issues with labour and materials are avoided as all work is done in a controlled factory environment. Final installation can be carried out efficiently with minimal disruption to the day-to-day running of the hospital, with everything carrying on as normal until the door opens on the new space.

    It is widely accepted that while winter is often a focus for the challenges faced by the NHS, the issue of insufficient bed space and theatre space, resulting in long trolley waits, is present all year round. A new modular theatre or ward from Cloud Offsite Construction, delivered with a structural and external envelope design life of 60 years, and available on flexible terms, can be a permanent addition to the hospital, serving patients for years, no matter what the season.

    Our Solutions
    A New Fully Compliant Theatre:
    • Value for money: an effective bespoke solution that costs up to 30% less than hiring a temporary mobile theatre for just 26 weeks - and it’s yours for ever
    • Delivery: permanent modular theatre delivered within 22 weeks
    • Cost: single theatre around £500k-£1 million delivered (dependent on final specification)
    • Compliancy: designed to meet full Building Regs and requirements of all relevant HTMs and HBNs
    • Reliability: structural and external envelope design life of 60 years

    A New Fully Compliant Ward:
    • Value for money: an effective bespoke solution that costs up to 30% less than hiring a temporary mobile theatre for just 26 weeks - and it’s yours for ever
    • Delivery: permanent modular ward delivered within 12 weeks
    • Cost: single ward around £500k-£1 million delivered (dependent on final specification)
    • Compliancy: designed to meet full Building Regs and requirements of all relevant HTMs and HBNs
    • Reliability: structural and external envelope design life of 60 years

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  • September 2016
    CLOUD OFFSITE CONSTRUCTION – ALL THE EXPERTISE YOU NEED, UNDER ONE MODULAR ROOF

    Cloud Offsite Construction offers everything you need under one roof and across the whole spectrum of spaces and industries, from operating theatres to classrooms and offices:
    • Design and Survey
    • Cost consultancy
    • Manufacture
    • Specialist fit-out
    • Lease, hire and sale options
    • Permanent or semi-permanent buildings

    Imagine how much easier things would be if you only had to come to one company for all your offsite modular construction needs, a company that could handle every aspect of your project under one metaphorical roof (a modular one, naturally). With Cloud Offsite Construction, you can. Our team offers design, structural, architectural, manufacturing and marketing expertise, as well as an extensive network of key industry relationships, and is committed to delivering a solution that fits your needs exactly, transforming empty space into space with a purpose.

    We have set up partner agreements with industry-leading architects and specialist M&E fit-out design providers, whose knowledge and understanding of our modular units enables us to move quickly to make your vision into a reality as soon as possible. We have embraced Building Information Modelling (BIM) across the generation and management of all our designs, creating intelligent 3D models that allow for greater collaboration, clarity and value. We ensure that we achieve the UK’s design, specification, construction and operation Best Practice standards, and work closely with the rest of the design team to reach the BREEAM rating required. Previous projects have achieved Very Good and Excellent ratings.

    We have the expertise to ensure your new space is fully compliant with all the latest relevant building standards, including:
    • National House Building Council (NHBC)
    • The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment (CHAS)
    • Constructionline and Acclaim
    • Achilles SSIP
    • The latest English and Scottish Building Regulations
    • Disability Discrimination Act (DDA)
    • Health Technical Memoranda (HTM)
    • Health Buildings Notes (HBN)
    • Scottish and Welsh Health Technical Memoranda (SHTM and WHTM)
    • Healthcare Associated Infection System for Controlling Risk in the Built Environment (HAI-SCRIBE)

    “Cloud Offsite Construction was formed in response to a demand for a more flexible style of working. We can work with you on every element of the project, promise one point of contact from start to finish, and always operate with complete transparency. Client satisfaction is at the forefront of everything we do – the box is just the beginning, it’s the shared vision that drives the outcome.”
    Ben Pemberton: Director, Cloud Offsite Construction

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  • August 2016
    CLOUD OFFSITE CONSTRUCTION – PREPARING FOR A NEW TERM

    Cloud Offsite Construction has supplied a multi-purpose learning and playing space for a nursery school in North London, expanding the school’s accommodation ready for the new school year. The project presented two particular challenges:

    • Delivering the module to a school on a busy London road, with little space for manoeuvre • Craning the module into place without damaging any of the many trees in the playground

    Both challenges necessitated carefully logistics planning and close liaison between Cloud Offsite Construction, the school, and the main contractor. The school is now looking forward to opening its doors next term for the children to enjoy their new building.

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  • July 2016
    CLOUD OFFSITE CONSTRUCTION JOINS CONSTRUCTIONLINE CERTIFICATION SCHEME AND RECEIVES ACCLAIM HEALTH AND SAFETY ACCREDITATION

    Cloud Offsite Construction is committed to streamlining procedures throughout, while at the same time ensuring clients it conforms to the highest national and international standards in everything it does. As part of this commitment, the company has qualified to become part of Constructionline, the UK's leading procurement and supply chain management service.

    Constructionline works to reduce duplication and improve efficiencies by collecting, assessing and monitoring standard company information, eliminating the need to repeatedly duplicate standard company information for every construction tender. The organisation aims to provide efficiency savings to public and private sector buyers and the construction industry as a whole by streamlining procurement procedures and improving the supply chain management processes by reducing risk, creating cost efficiencies and helping buyers engage with new suppliers, including SMEs and local companies.

    Cloud Offsite Construction has also qualified for Acclaim Accreditation, the new health and safety assessment scheme open to Constructionline members.

    “We want every potential client that approaches Cloud Offsite Construction to be confident that we have all the certification needed to comply with national and international regulations, streamlining the procurement process and guaranteeing the highest standards.”
    Simon Ward: Director, Cloud Offsite Construction

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  • June 2016 -
    MAKING THE GRADE – CLOUD OFFSITE CONSTRUCTION ACHIEVES COMPREHENSIVE ISO AND OHSAS ACCREDITATION

    Cloud Offsite Construction has recently received three important accreditations, ensuring clients and suppliers can be confident it operates as effectively as possible and conforms to the highest standards, both nationally and internationally, by implementing recognised management systems across the three key areas of quality, environment, and health and safety.

    ISO 9001:2015 is the latest edition of ISO’s flagship quality management systems standard, designed to integrate easily with other management systems. It helps companies demonstrate to customers that they can offer products and services of consistently good quality, and acts as a tool to streamline processes and increase efficiency. This latest edition is less prescriptive than its predecessor, focusing instead on performance by combining the process approach with risk-based thinking, and employing the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle.

    ISO 14001:2015 specifies the requirements for an environmental management system that a company can use to enhance its environmental performance. It supports companies seeking to manage their environmental responsibilities in a systematic manner that contributes to the “environmental pillar of sustainability”, providing value for the environment, the company itself and its suppliers and clients.

    OHSAS 18001 is a framework for an occupational health and safety management system, and is a part of the OHSAS 18000 series of standards. It helps companies to put in place the policies, procedures and controls needed to achieve the best possible working conditions and workplace health and safety, aligned to internationally recognised best practice. .

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