Podcast: Will precast construction finally take off in 2019?

The latest episode of Construction Week Viewpoint reviews what the future holds for precast concrete

In this episode of Construction Week Viewpoint, the CW team explores what precast constrution could look like in 2019 [image: Riyadh home that was built in 48 hours].
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In this episode of Construction Week Viewpoint, the CW team explores what precast constrution could look like in 2019 [image: Riyadh home that was built in 48 hours].

With population growth and affordable housing continuing to be key considerations for many states across the GCC, an increasing number of residential architects, builders, and homeowners are increasingly turning to the benefits of precast concrete in construction.

In this latest podcast episode of Construction Week Viewpoint, the editorial team explores what precast construction could look like in 2019 – and whether the coming year could really be ‘the year of precast’.

While precast construction is not the be-all, end-all for all manner of construction, precast concrete does have some major advantages, including more control over construction schedules; easier installation; cost effectiveness; durability; and, of course, sustainability.

Saudi Arabia, which faces an affordable home shortage, is already making headway into the world of precast housing. At the end of 2018, a precast house was built in two days, a development that comes as the kingdom ramps up efforts to accelerate innovation and increase homeownership.

Construction of the villa started on 23 December, 2018, and the entire building was completed in 48 hours.

You can listen to the full podcast here as both Jack Ball and Neha Bhatia, senior reporter and editor at Construction Week, run through whether this could really be the ‘year of precast’.

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While you’re waiting for the next episode, why not check out some of the most popular podcasts from 2018? They include a chat about smart cities with Chris Seymour from Mott MacDonald; a talk with Transguard’s managing director, Greg Ward, about the three things we wants to change in the facilities management industry; and views from Ciaran McCormack, regional director Middle East from Linesight, who believes contractors need to be given “a fighting chance” in contracts.

The threat of cyberattacks, the region’s solar energy projects, as well as Saudi Arabia’s Spark megaproject covering more than 50km² have also featured in episodes past.

Please remember to subscribe to Construction Week’s YouTube channel and SoundCloud account to stay up-to-date with the latest on Middle East construction.

To volunteer yourself or a colleague as a guest speaker on Construction Week Viewpoint, please contact Jack Ball.

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