15 June 2020
Sponsored by Heathrow Limited
*** Winner! ***
The Mid Group was established in 2015 with the aim to be the most sustainable contractor in the UK, with offsite construction as the enabler. They adopt an approach of Manufacturing Led Construction. They collaborate with a range of manufacturers and use their manufactured components and assemble them on-site, working as an integrator.
Mid Group has engineered solutions for a wide range of project types, utilising a broad range of manufactured components. These deliver projects in a predictable and efficient manner.
They have 16 components to deliver 90% of a school. The components are held in a BIM library, which designers use when developing a school design. This makes the design process more efficient for all, as there are no surprises once a design is developed, eliminating re-design.
Working with manufacturers, they have developed efficient components that:
The use of standard components, repetitively across a wide range of projects, means they achieve much greater certainty on projects compared to traditional approaches. This improvement in certainty captures:
One of the outcomes of their approach is significant productivity increases compared to other contractors. Their turnover per head is in excess of £1m, over 250% more than most other main contractors.
With improved productivity and greater certainty, they can create a more sustainable environment for staff and suppliers. There is less stress and no need to work long hours as staff are not seeking to deliver unrealistic budgets or programmes. Staff engagement is improved, with suppliers and staff driving continuous improvement across their business as they see the benefits. They have also created a flexible holiday allowance, with staff having no fixed holidays.
The Robert Clack Lymington Fields School - delivered 7 months early. This is Europe’s largest school with over 4,000 pupils. The school was also delivered for £36m, significantly under the £47-49m tenders received from the market.
The Greatfields School - delivered with less than 1 tonne of waste to landfill and achieved an EPC Score of 10, whilst fully air-conditioned to futureproof it against climate change. Their simple approach resulted in 90% of the Greatfields project being delivered using just 16 pre-manufactured components, also delivering:
About the Offsite Award:
The SECBE Awards team look for a number of qualities in our Offsite finalist entries including: a systematic approach to the implementation of offsite solutions, the potential of new and innovative approaches, tangible benefits, addressing commercial demands and local community needs whilst also unique and innovative - particularly compared to traditional construction methods.