Caledonian and Arcadis to build modular homes
Arcadis and offsite construction specialist Caledonian have signed a collaborative partnership agreement.
Focusing specifically on the residential sector, Arcadis will work with Caledonian to develop new modular designs and to build additional capacity in the commercial and technical delivery of new housing.
As part of the new partnership Arcadis will bring residential insight and expertise, along with design and construction management support. This will allow Caledonian to focus on building its manufacturing and delivery capacity. It means that, together, both partners can offer a fully integrated housing solution, from initial design concept through manufacturing, construction and completion.
To lead the growing focus on modular construction, Arcadis has also made a new senior level appointment to oversee the development of its modular strategy across the UK.
Jim Totton will be taking on the role of technical director for modular buildings design and delivery, a role he previously held at Aecom. He will work across all sectors, but particularly residential and education, with a focus on further developing Arcadis’ ability to support its clients in the delivery of prefabricated solutions and modular buildings. He will also be a key supporter of the partnership with Caledonian.
Marcus Fagent, sector managing director for public buildings, commented: “In the last three years we have played a leading role in developing prefabrication technologies, to the extent that it is now the default technical solution for all education buildings.
“We are now seeing this success starting to be replicated in the residential sector. Jim Totten has unparalleled technical knowledge of prefabrication and will work with our design and commercial teams to strengthen our ability to deliver manufactured options and results for our clients.”
Paul Lang, chief executive officer of Caledonian, added: “We have a strong history of collaboration with Arcadis. This partnership enables us to leverage design and delivery resources from a large multi-disciplined consultancy to jointly develop precision manufactured solutions for the residential sector.
“The application of design for manufacture and assembly techniques offers a full turnkey solution.”