What is Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA)?
Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) is a way of designing and constructing a quality building more quickly, efficiently and sustainably.
Using a DfMA approach means that elements of a building are created in manufacturing environment rather than on site, and to more standard designs and specifications.
As a result, DfMA uses less energy and carbon and creates less waste. It is also safer.
Does BAM have expertise in DfMA?
Many of BAM’s projects include elements of DfMA and we have successfully adopted it in numerous sectors including education, commercial, industrial, leisure and health.
Earlier this year, BAM was appointed as an integrator and lead designer on the Construction Innovation Hubs platform program The two-year initiative brings industry together with academia to design and create a “kit of parts” which can be made by approved manufacturers and then used on public sector projects. Supported by the UK government the kit will meet their requirements in terms of safety, quality, whole life value, carbon and energy use.
Find out more about the construction innovation hubs platform program here.
To support our UK offering, our teams also access DFMA expertise from across Royal BAM Group where we have developed a number of market leading solutions. These include:
- Stroomversnelling a modular solution for retrofitting social housing in the Netherlands
- BAM modular which develops innovative elements for new build and retrofit residential projects
- MHI’s modular homes which are 80% constructed before they leave the factor
BAM is also developing new ways of delivering schemes both on and offsite. We have adopted the use of flying factories on constrained sites to keep disruption to a minimum and we have also established a 3D concrete printing factory in the Netherlands which prints concrete structures such as bridges, formwork, outlets and street furniture.
BAM is as an integrator and lead designer on the Construction
Innovation Hub’s platform programme. The two-year initiative will create
a manufactured kit of parts for use by the public sector on projects
and frameworks. BAM is one of eight contractors who will be working
collaboratively to design and manufacture the kit, in association with
the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), BRE (Building Research
Establishment) and the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB).
will develop and refine their products, technologies or services, which
will be installed and showcased on a proof-of-concept building.
Demonstrating how these solutions can be applied across a wide range of
UK government projects for vital new buildings like schools, hospitals
and prisons. The initiative is supported by the Government
Infrastructure and Project Authority and the kit will meet their
requirements in terms of safety, quality, whole life value, carbon and