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Using Sips to build faster and efficiently on Tight Sites

Curious about how you can build on tight sites faster with SIPs – or if it’s even possible?

Especially when you’re planning work on a tight site or site’s with restricted access, you’re very aware of the limited space you’ve got to work with. More traditional methods of construction can make a project very slow going – not to mention a logistical nightmare.

Luckily with prefabricated SIPs panels, you can build around three times faster. A typical house can be erected in just 5 – 7 days.

However, we know what you’re thinking; this isn’t a typical project. You’re limited on space, and that’s without lorries and skips in the way. With SIPs, however, it’s much less of an issue.

As an award-winning UK SIPs manufacturer, we’re going to explain how you can build on tight sites with restricted access faster and more efficiently with SIPs.


building on tight city centre plots - crane lifting the Sips kit

A crane lifting the Sips kit onto the site


Why SIPs are the best way to build faster on tight sites

Because they’re prefabricated off-site, SIPs are inherently a faster and more efficient way to construct any build. They’re lightweight, and can be transported through a space as small as a doorway if necessary – so narrow roads or pathways aren’t an issue.

They also reduce your waste on site by 90%, so your team won’t be slowed down by having to continually clear away waste. They also require a reduced number of trades and supervision on site, with on or off site support from your SIPs manufacturer.

So, although a tight site may slow things down a little compared to the average 5 – 7 days for one house, it’s still nowhere near the time it would take compared to more traditional methods, where you’re looking at weeks or even months.


  • Speed isn’t the only reason to choose SIPs for building on your tight site. They also mean stronger, more efficient builds that reduce carbon footprint.
  • Read our recent blog to see some design tips for building on tight sites


Advice from the SIPs experts

If you’re currently planning a project that’ll involve building on a tight site, and think SIP panels could be the way forward for a quick and efficient build, it’s absolutely essential to plan well in advance.

Due to the prefabricated nature of SIPs, they tend to have a lead time of 6 – 8 weeks, so we’d recommend speaking to your chosen SIP manufacturer at your earliest convenience.  Good SIP companies will also have a design team who can help you plan.

And, if you’re particularly worried about the impact of a tight site on the critical path of construction, some, like Sips Eco, may even take on the risk of your project and complete the SIPs build for you.

Examples of building on tight city-centre sites can be seen in our case studies area at Willow Vale and 95A Robinson Road .


This Sips mews development in West London was on a very tight city centre site

Tight city-centre site in Shepherds Bush, West London


In summary

Thanks for reading, and hopefully this blog has gone some way to shedding some light on why forward-thinking developers are choosing SIPs to build on tight sites faster and more efficiently with SIPs.

As mentioned above, SIP panels make the challenge of constructing in tight sites (such as towns and cities) much simpler, with 90% reduced wastage on site, reduced labour required, and a very efficient build time. They’re very lightweight and easy to transport.

However, if you’re concerned about whether SIPs may be suited to your project – say, a particularly tight site, or any other aspects we haven’t covered above – please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team.

We’re always happy to advise, and help you explore your options.

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