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Offsite/Modular Design and Construction - Risks and Opportunities for New Zealand from a Kiwi in the UK

Offsite/Modular Design and Construction - Risks and Opportunities for New Zealand from a Kiwi in the UK

We're chatting with Ben Drake - Technical Director at Peter Dann Ltd | London

Offsite/Modular Design and Construction - Risks and Opportunities for New Zealand from a Kiwi in the UK

The design, procurement and construction of modular buildings can be immensely challenging, but if it's done right, it is also immensely rewarding!

In this presentation, Ben describes his experience of the last five-plus years leading the structural design and delivery of several high-profile, multi-story modular buildings in the UK, Canada and USA, and outlines the risks and opportunities he sees for the offsite/modular building industry in New Zealand.

These range from technical aspects, such as designing modular buildings for NZ Codes and earthquakes, to wider stakeholder and commercial issues, such as obtaining 'buy-in' from clients, funders, insurers, Government and local authorities, as well as different ways to share risk in the procurement of offsite/modular delivery teams.

An easy to digest 15-minute presentation followed by a 25-minute opportunity to pose questions to our topic expert.

NZIQS and RAB CPD points are available to:

  • Registrants who watch the live webinar or
  • Absentee registrants who watch the replay within one week after the live webinar.

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About Ben

A regular offsite/modular conference speaker in the UK, Ben is a Technical Director at Peter Dann Ltd in London, and has led a team of engineers in the structural design and delivery of modular buildings since 2015, when he arrived in the UK from his native New Zealand.

Ben has first-hand experience of the myriad of challenges in offsite/modular design and construction, including what can go right, what can go wrong and what to watch out for. Many of the modules on Ben's projects have crossed oceans to get to site from their manufacturing facilities!

He is currently leading the design of the first volumetric modular building (serviced apartments) in London's Canary Wharf. You can learn more about Ben on his LInkedIn profile.


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