Offsite construction tech is the future

Construction no longer needs to be delayed due to labour problems or extra expenses, if the right technology is adopted.

Published: 20th December 2016 01:07 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th December 2016 03:55 AM   |  A+A-

Infosys founder N. R. Narayana Murthy presenting a memento to Vice President Of Embassy Group Michael Cohen during the launch of KEF Infra One offsite manufacturing park in Krishnagiri, Tamilnadu.| Ex

By Express News Service

BENGALURU : Construction no longer needs to be delayed due to labour problems or extra expenses, if the right technology is adopted. Aiming at speeding up construction and increasing precision, KEF Infra, a subsidiary of Dubai-based KEF Holdings, launched the ‘KEF Infra One Industrial Park’ at Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu on Monday.

The offsite manufacturing park, spread across one million sq ft and with an investment of ‘650 crore, will work at manufacturing components such as beams, walls, staircases, windows, doors, columns, etc. that can be shipped to the destination, with only the assembly left to be done.

Offsite manufacturing comes with three assurances: speed -- saving nearly half the time, lower costs and higher precision as components are manufactured on an assembly line. Since structures are tested for seismic conditions, they are stronger, KEF Infra CEO Sumesh Sachar said.

Meanwhile, Faizal E Kottikollon, Chairman, KEF Holdings said the country was on the cusp of growth and KEF aimed at fastforwarding progress. Infosys founder N R Narayana Murthy, who was also present, said that if India wants to be seen as a powerful country, “we must build visible signs of progress and quickly.”

KEF Infra has already been involved with several projects. It helped refurbish a government high school in Kozhikode, Kerala during just one summer, has helped Infosys develop their office in Electronics City Phase II and constructed a clock tower in its Mysore campus, set to be the world’s tallest clock tower (built using offsite technology). It has built two basement floors of 206,800 sq ft in two months as part of Embassy 7B, a ten-floor office space and is working with Meitra Hospital, Kozhikode, on a 205 bed facility (with expansion capacity to 500) which is expected to be launched in 2017. 

The time scheduled for completion of this project is 21 months, which according to the company’s statement is half the time taken in the traditional construction process.


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