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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.

Adding significant value to the volumetric modular sector

The Modular & Portable Building Association (MPBA) leads best practice protocols, the development of standards and is represented on many committees for the benefit of members.
net zero homes

Wates Residential in search of sustainable technology to build net zero homes

Wates Residential, part of leading construction, property services and development company Wates Group, campaigns for alternative and innovative technologies to ensure it meets its sustainability goals for net zero homes.
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Demand for modern methods of construction (MMC) during Covid

David Hartley, Managing Director at MTX, shares his view on the many reasons modular construction has seen an uplift in the last two years.
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How modular is helping healthcare to achieve its sustainability goals

David Hartley, Managing Director at MTX, discusses how modern methods of construction (MMC) are proving beneficial to the healthcare sector when it comes to supporting their sustainability goals, under the increased pressures brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Martin Burge

M-AR appoints Martin Burge as construction director

Offsite contractor M-AR welcomes Martin Burge as the new construction director.
brick laying robot

Brick laying robot secures NHBC Accepts accreditation

Construction Automation, creator of the Automatic Brick Laying Robot (ABLR), has received NHBC Accepts approval.
tackle homelessness

Cornwall Council purchases modular micro homes to tackle homelessness

Cornwall Council has purchased 29 self-contained modular one-bedroom homes from The Hill Group to help tackle homelessness.
new innovation centre

McAvoy to deliver new innovation centre at Porton Down

A new innovation centre at world renowned science hub Porton Down Science Park will be delivered by offsite manufacturing specialist The McAvoy Group.
horizon 120 business park

Construction begins on mega-factory at Horizon 120 business park in Braintree

A vast new 137,000 sqft build-off-site factory with robotic assembly lines is being built at Horizon 120 business park in Braintree by build-off-site manufacturing and construction company British Offsite, a division of volume housebuilder Weston Homes.
building lifecycles

Construction industry needs to understand the full carbon impact of building lifecycles

Matt Bennion, CEO of Reds10, states that the construction industry must turn its focus to understand the full carbon impact of building lifecycles and explores how MMC can help.
the UK construction industry

Why MMC can help ease pressure on the UK construction industry

John Carter, commercial director for commercial real estate, Aldermore, explores how modern methods of construction (MMC) can help ease the current pressures felt by the UK construction industry.
offsite design technology

M-AR takes outside the box approach to offsite collaboration

Leading lights from the offsite construction sector came together at an event hosted by innovative offsite contractor M-AR this autumn to plot a totally new approach to affordable housing development.
blocks of modular apartments

TopHat secures planning permission for factory-built apartments in Kent

TopHat has received planning permission to build 3 four-storey blocks of modular apartments at Kitchener Barracks in Kent.
affordable modular housing

Riverside Scotland provides affordable modular housing to veteran families

Riverside Scotland has opened up the ‘nation’s largest’ affordable modular housing development, with four homes being allocated to military veteran households.
intelligent client

What does an intelligent client do to procure construction projects?

Gary Cawley, director, CPC, explains how an intelligent client can deliver better outcomes for construction projects.
Embodied carbon

‘Violet’s clause’: Embodied carbon, MMC and other solutions

Suriya Edwards Managing Associate at Foot Anstey and Gena Ritchie Trainee Solicitor, talk about adopting Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) to tackle embodied carbon.
MMC costs

New report shows MMC costs will drop by one third  

A new report published at the annual conference of Constructing Excellence finds that the costs of modern methods of construction (MMC) are set to fall by a third, in line with growing demand.
modular developments

The top five issues to watch for on modular developments

Matthew Law, Director at Naismiths, tells lenders what they need to know about monitoring modern methods of construction (MMC).
MMC in the social housing sector

Overcoming blockers/issues to delivering MMC in the social housing sector

Mary Bennell, director of SWPA, explores the issues of delivering modern methods of construction (MMC) in the social housing sector and tells us how we can overcome these blockers.
MMC Frameworks

MMC Framework Agreements and commercial reality

Suriya Edwards Managing Associate at Foot Anstey and Kaetlin Gale Trainee Solicitor, discusses how the rise in Modern Methods of Construction has brought about the emergence of MMC frameworks.
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.
modular homes cardiff

Wates to install Cardiff’s first sustainable modular homes

Wates, in collaboration with Cardiff Council, is installing Cardiff’s first affordable and sustainable modular homes in Plasnewydd.
UK social housing

Modern methods of construction as a solution to UK social housing

Andrew Shepherd, managing director at TopHat, looks at modular housing as a solution to the UK social housing supply deficit.
CaberDek

West Fraser’s CaberDek transforms neglected bungalow to forever home

CaberDek, part of West Fraser’s CaberFloor range, helps to transform a neglected 1960’s bungalow in West Yorkshire into a forever home.
NHS Golden Jubilee Clydebank

NG Bailey to deliver expansion at NHS Golden Jubilee in Clydebank

NG Bailey’s engineering division has secured a £15m contract to support the ongoing expansion of the NHS Golden Jubilee in Clydebank, Scotland.
modular first

Sustainable construction: Five good reasons to think modular first

Here, Crown Commercial Service explains five good reasons to think modular first as part of their sustainable construction campaign.

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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.