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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.

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ilke Homes commences work on Beeston modular housing scheme

ilke Homes has craned into place the first factory-built home on the Beeston modular housing scheme, a site which was formerly owned by Network Rail.
Modular Buildings Framework

Algeco lands ESPO Modular Buildings Framework (953)

Algeco UK has been awarded a place onto the ESPO Modular Buildings framework (953) for Lot 1A – Modular Buildings Education (Hire) and Lot 2A – Modular Buildings Healthcare (Hire).
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West Fraser’s SterlingOSB Zero sets the standard for OSB3

Manufactured to the highest standards by timber products specialist, West Fraser (formerly known as Norbord), SterlingOSB Zero is a precision-engineered OSB3 board which can now boast of being the greenest of its type in the UK.
offsite housing sector

ISO-Chemie join Offsite Alliance to support offsite housing sector

ISO-Chemie has joined the Offsite Alliance to strengthen its collaboration with building and construction partners and support the offsite housing sector.
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The benefits of MMC & procurement barriers to adoption

Phillip Blackmore, regional procurement manager, SWPA, discusses how contracting authorities can procure effectively to ensure they obtain the benefits of MMC.
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How to accelerate the move to modern methods of construction (MMC)

The triple impact of the ever-increasing sustainability agenda, skills shortages, and the rising cost of materials calls for the construction industry to take modern methods of construction (MMC) seriously, Lee Wingate, associate director at McBains explains.
solar-powered transport

M-AR delivers first fully solar-powered transport hub in Leeds

Specialist offsite contractor M-AR has created an environmentally-friendly terminus building for the first fully solar-powered transport hub in the UK, the Stourton Park and Ride.
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Vision Modular Systems wins “Excellence in Innovation” award at World of Modular Conference

Vision Modular Systems has won the prestigious “Excellence in Innovation” award at this year’s Awards of Distinction at the World of Modular Conference in San Antonio, Texas.
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1,000 energy-efficient homes to benefit South West residents

People across Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset will benefit from a new partnership to build more energy-efficient homes for rent and ownership.
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MTX wins multi-million-pound MMC building project at Colchester Hospital

Modular healthcare specialist, MTX, has been appointed to a multi-million-pound modular building project at Colchester Hospital.
digital construction technology

Offsite progression powered by digital construction technology

Richard Hipkiss, development director for the Modular & Portable Building Association (MPBA), considers the role digital construction technology has to play as offsite rapidly becomes the preferred delivery model.
offsite sector

How the Offsite sector can respond to the Construction Playbook

The Offsite sector has the opportunity to lead the way in meeting the government’s ambitious plans and policies established in the Construction Playbook, and in this response, Buildoffsite seek to explore how.
panel products

West Fraser panel products – Try before you buy!

When planning your job, whether a large-scale construction project or a small extension, it’s important to source the perfect panel products. West Fraser manufactures some of the most recognisable and requested building panels in the UK. 
home extensions

Designing home extensions using SIPs for Part L compliance

SIPs offer a relatively quick win for those conceiving highly insulated homes compliant with Part L Building Regulations 2022, particularly extensions and alterations to existing houses, where ‘more than a tweak’ is needed.
modular projects

Making modular projects mainstream

Modular construction is by no means new but making modular projects mainstream brings a number of challenges, explains Mateo Zimmerman.
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Panelised construction systems spell the future of MMC

Georgina Bignold, director at Proctor & Matthews Architects, explains how panelised construction systems are bringing new levels of design versatility to MMC housing, taking the industry to the next level
levelling up agenda

Why MMC can be the key to the levelling up agenda

The levelling up agenda is more than just a phrase, it is tangible progress. Joseph Daniels, founder of Etopia, says MMC housing can play a huge role in realising lasting change across Britain.
airspace developments

Reach for the sky: Timber airspace developments

As the housing crisis continues to grow in the UK, now more than ever a solution is needed. Paramount Timber explains the benefits of airspace developments, and why MMC can help to solve the problem.
MMC homes

How the UK construction industry can embrace MMC homes

In an era of materials and skills shortages, a global shift towards sustainability and new notions around the ideal workplace, MMC stands out as a construction method that can adapt to new demands. But how can the UK fully embrace MMC homes? This was the question discussed at a recent roundtable event chaired by Ian Atkinson of law firm Womble Bond Dickinson.
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Taking stock: How far has UK MMC come?

Kate Saunders, a partner at law firm Trowers & Hamlins, examines the shifting attitudes toward UK MMC (Modern Methods of Construction) and the barriers that remain to its widespread adoption.
The Offsite Show

The Offsite Show makes its London debut

The Offsite Show makes its London debut when it comes to ExCeL on 3-4 May. Lead show partner Buildoffsite takes a look at what's in store.
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School for success: Why rainscreen subframe systems are crucial in the government’s 10-year programme

The government’s ambitious plans for a 10-year programme of school rebuilding face a major challenge, given the poor thermal performance of old building stock. David Fraser, business unit manager, NVELOPE® of SFS, explains how to get the best from the school building envelope using rainscreen subframe systems.
London modular hotel

Elements Europe appointed to £100m London modular hotel and office scheme

Elements Europe, an offsite specialist, has been appointed as the main contractor on a £100m London modular hotel and office development.
shed transformation

SterlingOSB Zero used in chicken shed transformation project to create new Suffolk art gallery

West Fraser's SterlingOSB Zero panel board is showcased in all its glory in a recent chicken shed transformation project where James Grayley Architects (JGA) reworked the abandoned building into a bright, characterful art gallery.
offsite construction methods

Why MMC education is key to increasing the adoption of offsite construction methods

By challenging perceptions around offsite construction methods and Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), Buildoffsite aims to ensure improved offsite and MMC education is provided moving forward so that the sector does not face barriers to increasing adoption.
resource efficiency

Volumetric modular technology: Eliminating waste and maximising resource efficiency

As the UK looks to “build back better”, Richard Hipkiss, development director of the Modular and Portable Building Association (MPBA) raises the thorny issue of reducing landfill waste and improving material optimisation.

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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.