Offsite Awards – Best Use of Steel Technology

The Offsite Construction Awards will be returning to Coventry Building Society Arena once again on 20 September 2022, alongside the most technically advanced event in the construction calendar – Offsite Expo. The awards recieved over 200 entries from companies who are at the forefront of the industry in terms of innovation and expertise. Offsite technology is changing the contemporary built environment - driving forward projects that represent outstanding examples of prefabrication and factory-based methods, products, systems and disciplines.

As an advanced and versatile technology in the offsite portfolio the Best Use of Steel category was fiercely contested with 10 projects reaching the finals. Exploiting light steel frame as the principle structural component in a building creates many design opportunities – as clearly demonstrated in the shortlisted projects.


Sky House is derived from the homes unique roof gardens and expansive glazing with unrivalled views from every level. Created by Architects CODA – the development aims to establish a close-knit neighbourhood centred around open spaces. Working with strategic partner light steel frame specialist EOS, CODA have embraced the best in offsite construction to produce a range of precision-engineered housing types that can be delivered to the highest quality on fast-track construction programmes.

FINALIST – British Offsite

Edinburgh Way is a collection of one, two and three-bedroom luxurious apartments in the centre of Harlow. Developed by Weston Homes, the apartments are due for  completion in July 2023 with 75% currently reserved. The build solution incorporates the use of both UNIpanel and UNIwall systems and has involved the installation of  1,478 panels (5,760 linear metres) and 702 walls (2,810 linear metres).

FINALIST – Collida

Integrating R&D, digital technology, and modern methods of construction – Collida has designed and delivered the first steel framed residential buildings to achieve  Passivhaus Plus standards. The two innovative prototype homes located at the Building Research Establishment (BRE) Garston campus in Watford, are research led with a  fabric first design approach which sets the standard for the industry to follow.


Developed through the collaborative strength of Etex brands, EOS Framing, Siniat, Promat and FSi – Pre-Assembled Frames (PAF) are helping customers reduce risk and  operate with more certainty and confidence at every stage of the construction journey. Wates Construction appointed EOS to custom design, engineer and manufacture an  advanced light steel Pre-Assembled Frames (PAF) infill system to ensure the new Edgar Wood Academy complies with the regulatory 70% PMV set within the DfE's MMC  framework agreement.

FINALIST – Frameclad

A unique and technically challenging build on a tight site - Gledhow Lane is a residential property with stunning architectural features that tested the limits of light steel  frame design. Providing some challenging technical obstacles, the project is cutting edge from start to finish. The light steel frame structure upholds and embraces this  philosophy – no compromise was required in terms of space, usage or efficiency of the build or its subsequent use as a home with a multi-use upper storey area.

FINALIST – Fusion Steel Framing

Holburne Park is an ambitious £26 million high-end residential development, offering villas, terraced houses, and apartments designed to combine classical aesthetics with  the benefit of modern methods of construction and interior design. Located in the World Heritage city of Bath, the site provided 198 residences over a three-phase  construction period. Fusion Steel Framing delivered the cold-rolled light steel framing system for the site, working alongside lead construction contractor Bect.


Leading provider of construction and infrastructure services Kier was commissioned to construct new border control buildings for Portsmouth International Port. EOS  Framing was appointed to design, engineer and offsite manufacture an advanced Thrubuild® light steel loadbearing system for the project. This is not the first time the Thrubuild® system has been used to create 'a building within a building' but this type of highly sustainable approach does throw up some unusual challenges.


Canary Quay is a four-phased light steel framed development of 323 high specification riverside apartments on the River Wensum near the centre of Norwich. Phases 1-3 comprise 222 one and two-bedroom apartments in three separate developments which were completed in May 2021. The remaining 101 apartments of Phase 4 are  planned to complete in December 2022. The development will contribute significantly to easing the pressure on housing waiting lists and will help those needing housing.

FINALISTS – MJH Structural Engineers and Vision Modular Systems

Lewisham Exchange is a pair of towers 20 and 35 floors tall, constructed using 18 and 33 storeys of volumetric modules over a concrete transfer structure located adjacent to Lewisham DLR Station. 1,251 modules were used in the construction of the buildings installed on site over a 23-week period.


Working with the Bromley Council, ZED PODS has designed and built an innovative, zero-carbon, social housing scheme in Bromley using steel framed modules. These self-contained high-quality homes are built above steel podiums and preserve 80% of existing parking. It is a pioneering, environmental and socially focused development  providing 25 homes for vulnerable households. It is the first development in the borough after 40 years, and the first-of-its-kind in London.

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