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Glasgow co-design experts enter new partnership to drive innovation in housing

Kevin Stewart launches the workshop

Glasgow School of Art’s Innovation School has teamed up with the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Construction Scotland Innovation Centre on the third phase of a project to increase the opportunities for offsite construction within Scotland.

This would see more parts of houses made in the factory environment and then assembled on site helping particularly in the affordable housing sector.

Specialists in co-design from the GSA will lead workshops with key specialists from procurement to design and build, and delivery to design and test possible approaches.

By engaging the end users in the design process (co-design) there is a greater ownership in the outcomes.

The Glasgow School of Art has been implementing the co-design approach for some time within the area of digital health.

This partnership with the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Construction Scotland Innovation Centre marks an application of the GSA’s innovative co-design approach in a new sector.

The workshops were launched by Scottish Housing Minister, Kevin Stewart. He said: “Everyone deserves a safe, warm, affordable place to call home. I believe that greater use of offsite construction could help modernise the way we deliver affordable homes.

"I am pleased to see people from all disciplines working together to maximise the opportunities available to the sector.”

Stephen Good, CSIC chief executive, said: “The construction industry is facing a period of significant change. The 2016 Farmer Review highlighted many of the current issues such as low productivity, lack of research and development, low investment in innovation and a skills shortage.

"These issues cannot be addressed by the industry working in isolation, which is why collaborative multi-disciplinary initiatives such as these workshops are vital to help to drive change.”

The outcomes of the workshops and the wider project will be made publicly available over the course of summer 2019.

 

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