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DfMA/manufacturing

CHt's Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) techniques have led the field in MEP solutions for the last 18 years, transforming engineering projects into fast track sustainable high performing environments.

Through DfMA we are installing building services quicker, safer and more sustainably. Using manufacturing systems in a controlled environment we produce components of consistently high quality to a predictable schedule, leading to a dependable financial control, as well as ensuring a safer, more productive site with less congestion between trades. By its very nature, DfMA is a more sustainable method of construction, with enhanced efficiency dramatically cutting energy consumption. The use of a factory controlled environment brings significant quality benefits to the finished services, allows pre-commissioning, and provides a safer more productive environment for our staff.

The best results occur when DfMA is used from the conceptual stage, with cross-functional teams working together to optimise the design for reducing waste and achieving efficiencies, i.e. reduction in labour, programme (schedule), carbon footprint and Accident Frequency Rate (AFR).

Our in-house manufacturing capability - Crown House Manufacturing (CHtM) - provides a differentiated capability to deliver our projects utilising the DfMA approach. CHtM is the UK’s foremost prefabricator of modular building services, providing nationwide capability to meet increased demands and fast track programmes. We continue to invest in new and innovative manufacturing techniques, and, as part of the Laing O’Rourke Group, we are introducing further efficiencies in production and reducing the group’s overall environmental impact with services as an integral part of the wider construction methodology.

Our latest innovations utilise systematic metrics and digital engineering to stimulate collaborative solutions and measure the DfMA impact across all construction disciplines, breaking down traditional silo approaches to deliver real and measurable improvements to projects.

Featured project

The Leadenhall Building

The Leadenhall Building