Designers need to keep manufacturing capabilities at the forefront of their minds when designing modular buildings, BAA head of manufacturing and construction technology strategy Nigel FRASER says.

Speaking at Leaf London 2008, Fraser says designers need to be aware of manufacturing capabilities and processes, as this will affect the price of pieces coming out of the factories.

“This is an area that I find some of the designers we work with are not as informed as I would like,” he says.

“It is fundamental that we understand the realistic capabilities of suppliers and design.

“We need to consider perhaps a wider selection of materials and processes for creating components and we need to focus on cost estimating of the components’ construction.”

Fraser used the recent design of a passenger lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3 as an example of designing with manufacturing capabilities in mind.

He says it is expected the tenders for the project will come in within the cost and time parameters as a result.

By Elizabeth Clifford-Marsh