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Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) refers to a wide range of construction techniques, varying from offsite manufacturing, to onsite methods which provide an alternative to traditional methods of construction. The alternative, modern approach to construction has been linked to significant benefits such as speeding up construction delivery, increased quality and reduced labour costs to name a few. Recently we have seen a renewed interest in Modern Methods of Construction as more contractors, housebuilders and developers make use of the variety of systems available. The events of 2020 have caused a marked shift in focus, the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated many businesses into exploring ways of doing things better, this has led to a marked increase in clients wanting to explore Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) to enable them to meet their business goals. In an evolving construction industry which has a backdrop of market uncertainties and a recognised skills shortage, it seems inevitable that those in the sector will pursue more control and use MMC to keep project delivery efficient and sustainable. PBC Today offers a wide selection of Modern Methods of Construction news, from the latest projects and challenges facing the industry, to how MMC can help solve the housing crisis and expert comment on the latest technologies and opportunities within the sector.

energy efficient modular homes

Green light for 40 energy efficient modular homes in Peacehaven

Stonewater and Boutique Modern have been given the go-ahead to deliver 40 energy efficient modular homes in Peacehaven, East Sussex.

How can modular construction address issues in the UK?

Dr Poologanathan, head of structural engineering at Northumbria University, discusses the increasingly vital role of MMC in addressing issues such as the UK housing crisis, emergency healthcare infrastructure and the future of safe and sustainable modular construction.
Golden thread, modular technology

Modular technology and the Golden Thread

In her report Building a Safer Future, Dame Judith Hackitt highlights the need for a system-based approach with a golden thread of information running through the lifecycle of each project. Here, MPBA CEO Jackie Maginnis argues the case for modular technology in providing a comprehensive information pathway.
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Has modern methods of construction been accelerated by Covid-19?

Wayne Oakes, director at multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy Dice, expects the move towards modern methods of construction to grow as the firm is tasked with delivering more modular projects.
Port Loop, MMC homes

Green light for new MMC homes at Port Loop

House by Urban Splash has been granted planning permission to deliver 98 homes in the next phase of development at Port Loop, Birmingham’s new island community.
North Middlesex University Hospital

Premier Modular hands over £1.7m ward in North Middlesex

Premier Modular has delivered a £1.7m ward building at North Middlesex University Hospital, reducing the programme to just six weeks on-site to help expand ward capacity.

Etopia Homes commits to delivering zero-carbon housing

Etopia Homes, backed by the Reuben Brothers, has become the UK’s first developer to commit to achieving an EDGE Zero Carbon certification.
AIMCH project, AIMCH,

AIMCH progress report: Encouraging results for MMC

Advanced Industrialised Methods for the Construction of Homes (AIMCH), the research and development initiative set up to transform housebuilding, has published its second annual progress report showing “encouraging results” for Modern Methods of Construction. PBC Today takes a look.
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£9.8m project to deliver Scotland’s largest social modular housing scheme

Irvine Housing Association and Connect Modular are set to deliver Scotland’s largest social modular housing development in South Ayrshire.

Modular healthcare centre to be installed at Musgrove Park Hospital

ModuleCo are just weeks from installing the new Ophthalmic Operating Theatre Suite for the Somerset NHS Foundation Trust at their Musgrove Park Hospital site.
affordable housing, construction

3 contractors win place on Gentoo’s affordable homes programme

ENGIE, Esh Construction and T. Manners and Sons have all secured contracts for Gentoo Group’s affordable housing scheme
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How private finance helps public sector reap the benefits of offsite construction

Jane Tabiner, managing director of Solutions Asset Finance (SAF), explores how the next 12 months will be a pivotal time for modular building providers as the demand for MMC projects increases across the public sector.
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Modular housing scheme in Barking complete

Rollalong has completed its latest residential development, delivering 13 new modular council-owned homes in Barking, East London.

Modular housing company awarded sustainability accreditation

Boutique Modern has been awarded the status of a B Corporation – a UK first in the modular construction industry.
factory-built homes,

Green light for UK’s largest factory-built affordable housing scheme

ilke Homes and Stonewater have been given the go-ahead to deliver 120 factory-built affordable homes at a derelict site in Herefordshire.
student village at Rusham Park

Balfour bags £130m student village at Rusham Park in Egham

Balfour Beatty has been appointed as the preferred bidder for the development of a student village at Rusham Park in Egham, Surrey.
Biomedical research

Willmott Dixon hands over Warwick biomedical research centre

Willmott Dixon has completed the construction of the £33m Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Building, which has been assembled with components manufactured offsite, at the University of Warwick.
UK SIPS,

All set for take-off as Hemsec helps to grow the UK SIPs market

One of the UK’s largest – and the longest-standing – insulated panel manufacturers sets ambitious plans for growth with new team members.
innovate housebuilding

Change in the way we build homes is coming, whether you like it or...

Stephen Stone, non-exec director and board member of ilke Homes, explores why new building regulations, on-going issues around build quality and a chronic lack of skilled labour mean housebuilding will now be forced to innovate.
zero waste to landfill, Premier modular

Premier Modular achieves zero waste to landfill in 2020

Premier Modular has worked closely with its waste management partners, ACM, to set up new systems and procedures for recycling to ensure that there is zero waste to landfill as a result of its offsite manufacturing operations.
offsite housing

£1.1bn procurement solution to unlock offsite housing

Constructing Modern Methods (CMM) and the South West Procurement Alliance (SWPA) has launched a new £1.1bn procurement solution to unlock offsite, low carbon housing.
One Wood Crescent

Laing O’Rourke secures £60m One Wood Crescent contract

Stanhope and Laing O’Rourke have signed the £60m contract to deliver One Wood Crescent, a ten-storey commercial development on plot D of the former BBC Television Centre.
Homes England modular homes

Joint venture delivers first modular homes in Northstowe

A joint venture between the government’s Homes England, Sekisui House and Urban Splash has delivered the first modular homes at the new town of Northstowe.

TopHat to launch factory-built apartments in Kent

TopHat has submitted a planning application to deliver the company’s first factory-built apartments at its flagship Kitchener Barracks site in Chatham, Kent.
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ilke Homes secures largest affordable homes opportunity to date

ilke Homes has added a further 225 factory-built affordable homes in Essex to its portfolio after securing 14.5-acre site in Southend-on-Sea where the company plans to deliver environmentally friendly family homes.
modular design, net zero,

Removing gas from modular design

To meet the government’s ambitious net zero targets, we must take a joined-up approach to explore the most viable options for removing gas from design, says Craig Harrison, operations director for modular contracts at Newtons Group.

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Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) refers to a wide range of construction techniques, varying from offsite manufacturing, to onsite methods which provide an alternative to traditional methods of construction.

The alternative, modern approach to construction has been linked to significant benefits such as speeding up construction delivery, increased quality and reduced labour costs to name a few.

Recently we have seen a renewed interest in Modern Methods of Construction as more contractors, housebuilders and developers make use of the variety of systems available.

The events of 2020 have caused a marked shift in focus, the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated many businesses into exploring ways of doing things better, this has led to a marked increase in clients wanting to explore Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) to enable them to meet their business goals.

In an evolving construction industry which has a backdrop of market uncertainties and a recognised skills shortage, it seems inevitable that those in the sector will pursue more control and use MMC to keep project delivery efficient and sustainable.

PBC Today offers a wide selection of Modern Methods of Construction news, from the latest projects and challenges facing the industry, to how MMC can help solve the housing crisis and expert comment on the latest technologies and opportunities within the sector.