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This paper reviews recent developments in pre-fabricated construction systems using light steel and modular technologies, and describes the economic context in which the use of these systems has expanded. Examples of recent important projects using these technologies are illustrated. Hybrid or mixed construction systems have been developed which optimise on manufacturing costs and space provision. Background research and testing is also presented. R. M. Lawson, BSc(Eng), PhD, CEng, MIStructE, MICE, MASCE, ACGI SCI Professor of Construction Systems, University of Surrey R. G. Ogden, BA (Hons), PhD, Dip. Arch SCI Professor of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University R. Pedreschi, BSc (Eng), PhD MICE Professor of Architectural Technology, University of Edinburgh P. J. Grubb, BSc (Hons), CEng, MICE Consultant to The Steel Construction Institute S. O. Popo-Ola, MEng, PhD, DIC Research Fellow, Imperial College London