Is prefab the only way for contractors to survive in the Middle East’s competitive mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) market? Some industry experts certainly think so.

Regional contractors say traditional onsite methods are "dying out", and that they must modernise to survive.

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Prefab has been the buzzword for a while now, and most new companies are launched on the promise of offering modular construction.

Additionally, even established companies, such as BK Gulf and Plafond, are adopting prefabrication for their projects.

However, while even prefab comes with some drawbacks, such as a architectural inflexibility, its benefits outweigh its limitations.

Modular construction allows project stakeholders to predict their processes and control outcomes. For contractors, this means they can control labour and material costs as well as the quality of their projects.

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In S02E06 of Construction Week In Focus, Neha Bhatia, editor of Construction Week, and Rajiv Ravindran Pillai, editor of MEP Middle East, reveal why traditional MEP contractors will have to adopt new techniques to ensure they aren’t phased out of the market.

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