Housing stakeholders' perspective on offsite manufacturing in Nigeria

Kolo, Shaba James, Rahimian, Farzad Pour and Goulding, Jack (2015) Housing stakeholders' perspective on offsite manufacturing in Nigeria. In: Construct15 - 23rd Global Lean Construction Conference, 28th - 31st July 2015, Perth, Australia.

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Abstract

Despite several mitigation attempts, Nigeria is still facing a deficit of 17 million houses. Seminal literature argues that this problem is predominantly due to a myriad of issues, including high construction costs, skills shortages, slow pace of construction, lack of infrastructure and logistics, poor quality of available housing stock etc. Offsite manufacturing has been proffered as an innovative method for addressing such issues. This paper reports on the findings of a feasibility study, which investigated the Nigerian stakeholders' perceptions on the needs, promises and barriers of adopting offsite manufacturing in Nigeria. To achieve this, in-depth interviews were conducted with experts directly involved in housing delivery. Data gathered from the experts were analysed using exploratory thematic analysis. Nvivo software was used to transcribe and analyse research data. Findings from the in-depth interviews showed that the housing deficit in Nigeria is on the increase and nothing significant is being done at the moment. Stakeholders also posited that although OSM could improve housing delivery efforts in Nigeria, it is still considerably low; and this is as a result of a myriad of issues, such as negative local perception about OSM, client's resistance, lack of infrastructure and skills shortage. This study concludes that for OSM to be adopted in Nigeria, there is a need for proper sensitisation, collaboration and encouragement from government. This study presents additional understanding of OSM in Nigeria based on expert opinion, the results of which will become a stepping-stone for the development of a roadmap for the adoption of OSM in Nigeria. It is proffered that adopting OSM can help support housing delivery efforts in Nigeria, and may also leverage wider benefits to the construction industry and associated supply chain.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Offsite Manufacturing, Housing Delivery, Stakeholders, Nigeria
Subjects: H900 Others in Engineering
K200 Building
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
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Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2018 12:14
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2018 13:02
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/35610

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