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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.

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.
flooring products

Protect your project with West Fraser’s CaberDek flooring

CaberDek is one of West Fraser’s flagship quality flooring products designed to ensure that, whatever weather befalls UK construction sites, work can continue cleanly and safely.
osb products

West Fraser’s net carbon negative panel: Helping towards planet goals

West Fraser’s portfolio of OSB products, all of which are net carbon negative, is one of the most popular in the construction, architecture, specification and interior design industries.
Volumetric modular construction

MPBA: Promoting knowledge transfer and training opportunities

Jackie Maginnis, chief executive of the Modular and Portable Building Association (MPBA), explores how the organisation is playing a key role in supporting the modular building industry.
homegrown timber

Unlocking the potential of the UK’s homegrown timber

Sam Hart, innovation manager at the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) explores the research projects, innovation initiatives and prototypes harnessing the power of homegrown timber.
offsite construction, upskilling,

Building skills for offsite timber construction post-Covid

Professor Robert Hairstans, head of the Centre for Offsite Construction & Innovative Structures at Edinburgh Napier University, assesses how further education must adapt to the needs of the industry amid a pandemic.
factory-built homes

ilke Homes secures Hastings site for 140 factory-built homes

ilke Homes has acquired a 12.4-acre site in Hastings, East Sussex to deliver 140 affordable factory-built homes.
Homegrown timber

Transforming the UK’s approach to homegrown timber

The Transforming Timber initiative, led by Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, aims to boost the use of homegrown sustainable timber in construction projects.
Water sector, production line approach,

How a ‘production line’ approach can transform the water sector

The water sector needs to embrace a "production line" approach, Modern Methods of Construction and offsite assembly to futureproof the industry and secure supplies, says Chris Tyerman, managing director for infrastructure at Tilbury Douglas.
offsite manufacturing

Sika joins Offsite Alliance to drive MMC across UK

Sika has joined the Offsite Alliance to drive the adoption of offsite manufacturing across the UK.
Modern methods of construction

Modern homes require modern solutions

Tackling the housing crisis requires innovation and the willingness to do things differently.
MMC Design,

Modular and beautiful design: The architect’s view

Modular construction and MMC are not only helping to achieve sustainable, efficient and attractive design in housing; they are leading the way, writes Jo Cowen, CEO of Jo Cowen Architects.
Minster Exchange,

Acrol Modular to deliver Minster Exchange in Cheltenham

Acrol Modular has won a £5.8m contract to deliver the Minster Exchange in Cheltenham – a modular building which will house a state-of-the-art workspace for the cyber tech, digital and creative sectors.
Modular technology

Modular at the forefront of offsite technologies

Jackie Maginnis at the Modular & Portable Building Association (MPBA) has been involved in construction-related businesses for over 37 years and has been its chief executive since 2005 – how has the perception of modular and portable buildings in the UK changed since then?
modular homes, homelessness

Modular homes help tackle homelessness in Haringey

As the first council in London to provide modular homes to help tackle homelessness, Haringey is helping those in need of a safe and secure roof over their heads.
Structural Insulated Panel manufacturer

The future of building is here!

Sips Eco is the UK’s premier award-winning Structural Insulated Panel manufacturer, designing and manufacturing highly energy efficient homes across the UK and Europe.
MMC for social housing

Unlocking the value of MMC for social housing

Tony Woods, technical manager at LHC, explains how sector collaboration can help social housing providers to fully embrace MMC.
York student accommodation, Heslington East Campus,

Graham tops out University of York’s £130m student resi scheme

Graham has topped out at the University of York’s £130m flagship student accommodation project, which was built in only 58 weeks.
SIPs users

SIPs advice from some of the UK’s most experienced professional users

We hear from experienced SIPs users who nearly always buy SIPs from leading British manufacturer Hemsec - for very good reasons, as they explain.
offsite alliance event

Solve the housing crisis without risking further climate damage, warns Sir David King

Britain must solve its housing crisis without putting climate at risk, warned the UK's former chief scientific advisor, Sir David King, at an Offsite Alliance event.
Modern methods of construction, MMC,

A call to arms – modern methods of construction for all

There are lots of reasons not to start engaging with modern methods of construction (MMC). Too risky, too expensive, too many unknowns, too much else to do. Especially if you’re a smaller housing provider.
SterlingOSB Zero, RIBAJ,

Kevin Sulca’s Ventanilla House wins SterlingOSB Zero/RIBAJ competition

The RIBAJ/Norbord Europe, now part of West Fraser, competition is designed to encourage architects to push the creative boundaries when considering the use of SterlingOSB Zero.
modular homes, affordable homes, kent

L&G acquires Kent site for next modular homes scheme

Legal & General Modular Homes has acquired a site in Littlestone, Kent, which has outline planning permission for the development of 80 homes.
Net-zero school, wates, Department of Education

Wates and DfE begins work on first net-zero schools

Wates Group will use modern methods of construction to build some of the UK’s first net-zero schools, supporting the country’s ambitious climate goals.
osb

Protecting classic cars with SterlingOSB Zero

Bindloss Dawes has used West Fraser’s SterlingOSB Zero products to create a workshop and garages for an avid classic car collector.
precision engineered smart homes

370 precision engineered smart homes to be delivered at Eddington

Present Made has been appointed by the University of Cambridge to develop sustainable smart homes as part of its ambitious 150-hectare Eddington masteplan.

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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.