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Off-site construction is latest cladding trend

Single-source procurement ideal to slash costs and boost quality

Neil Anthony Doe is Formawall product manager at Rigidal.
Neil Anthony Doe is Formawall product manager at Rigidal.

A local cladding company is calling for the Middle East market to adopt the latest trend of off-site construction and single-source procurement.

“Given the number of tall towers, and therefore largely unitized glazing, you would have thought off-site construction would be more prevalent,” argues Neil Anthony Doe, Formawall product manager at Rigidal.

“We are looking at some modular buildings now where we supply a complete lightweight steel framing solution, along with the roofing and cladding. This can be delivered to site as completed panels that simply bolt together,” explains Doe.

“This is not new technology for Western Europe, but is a complete change in mindset here. It will take time to catch on, but given the problems we suffer here from site quality, the benefits are unquestionable.”

Doe explains that Rigidal has adapted its business model in line with this latest trend “when we started offering both wall and roof cladding solutions. With our latest Formawall product, this goes a step further by introducing glazing and louvre systems.

“The model is to be a complete one-stop shop for all your building envelope needs. Main contractors have enough headache trying to make a margin on projects without great chunks of it managing multiple trades they simply do not understand.”

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