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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 office development

Modular office development complete in Gloucestershire

Modular building specialist Enviro Building Solutions has completed a £2.3m three-storey modular office development for South Gloucestershire Council.
engineered wood panel products

A mindful eco build from Blue Sky Property Services and West Fraser

Timber frame specialist, Blue Sky Property Services has specified West Fraser’s engineered wood-based panel products to deliver a mindful eco build.
RIBA Plan of Work, DfMA,

RIBA publishes latest DfMA guidance

The RIBA has published new Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) guidance, acknowledging the proven potential of DfMA solutions to produce not only good outcomes but great architecture.
Transforming timber

Project to explore mainstream use of homegrown timber

Experts exploring the mainstream use of homegrown timber in the construction sector has secured funding for the next phase of a demonstrator project which will see the first two-storey modular home manufactured during COP26.
british offsite

British Offsite to deliver 4,000 MMC homes per year

Following a £35m investment from Weston Group, British Offsite has officially launched to deliver 4,000 homes per year and revolutionise the MMC residential market.
Construction industry, Skills, housing,

Actis backs ‘move out of the dark ages’ and offsite construction

Actis has backed calls by two industry heavyweights to move construction ‘out of the dark ages' if it is to address the housing crisis and tackle the skills shortage.
Green unit factory

Green Unit opens new modular building factory

The new modular construction factory will enable Green Unit to significantly boost production as well as improve efficiency by up to 75%.

Modern Methods for modern projects: How MMC enhance construction techniques

Derek Orr, Balfour Beatty’s project director of new nuclear and major projects, discusses the company’s approach to offsite manufacturing, DfMA and looks at how this was applied on the Hinkley nuclear plant project.
modular building queen alexandra hospital

Wernick lands £8.2m project for Queen Alexandra Hospital

Wernick Buildings has secured an £8.2m contract to deliver a modular building for the Queen Alexandra hospital in Portsmouth.
Bridge installation, Brent cross, VolkerFitzpatrick

[VIDEO] Steelworks bridge installation underway at Brent Cross

The new station at Brent Cross has entered its next phase of construction, as VolkerFitzpatrick begins the installation of steelwork needed to build the station’s concourse.
osb

SterlingOSB Zero helps specifiers and builders meet environmental targets

One Oriented Strand Board (OSB) product may seem much like any other. In reality it is worth checking before specifying, especially if you want to score eco points. When it comes to being green, West Fraser’s SterlingOSB Zero stands out.
Danzer, Wernick

Wernick acquires Danzer to increase cabins and modular bays

The new acquisition of AVDanzer will allow Wernick to add additional manufacturing capabilities and increase its fleet with more than 2,000 cabins and modular bays.
Princeton Gardens

Faithful+Gould appointed to Stockton modular housing scheme

Faithful+Gould has been chosen by Canvas Homes and Beyond Housing to help deliver Princeton Gardens, a 117-unit modular housing development in Stockton-on-Tees.
wood panel products

Norbord Europe joins wood-based panel specialists West Fraser

Norbord Europe has joined the West Fraser organisation, manufacturers of engineered wood-based panel products.
Princeton Gardens

Joint venture to deliver the north’s largest modular housing scheme

Beyond Housing, in partnership with Canvas Homes, will deliver 117 eco-friendly family homes in Stockton-on-Tees, which will become the largest modular housing scheme in the North of England.
Modular homes, modular construction

Modular homes and the global housing crisis: A step in the right direction? 

During the peak of the pandemic, more than 3.9 billion people were told to stay at home by their governments, according to research by the UN’s Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner. But, what if you don’t have a home to stay in? Modular construction could be the answer, explains Birgit Linnamae, CEO of Kodasema.
pre-manufactured value

Pre-Manufactured Value (PMV) in action

If you’ve yet not started to figure Pre-Manufactured Value (PMV) into your planned new-build projects, then chances are you will have heard of it. Consortium Procurement Construction explores.
Musgrove Park Hospital, Somerset, NHS, hospital

ModuleCo delivers eye unit extension at Musgrove Park Hospital

ModuleCo has provided a brand new eye unit extension for the Somerset NHS Foundation Trust at its Musgrove Park Hospital site.

VolkerFitzpatrick lifts second part of Brent Cross West station bridge

A new overbridge to provide the public with a pedestrian and cycleway crossing over the Midland Main Line at Brent Cross West has taken another step towards completion.
sips garden rooms

Supply partnership enables continued production of SIPs Garden Rooms

JML SIPs and Hemsec’s supply partnership has enabled continued production of high-quality SIPs-built Garden Rooms.
structural insulated panels

Structural insulated panel homes: A developers guide to building with SIPs

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are the future of building in the UK. Here, specialist manufacturer, Sips Eco Panels offers a guide to SIPs for developers.
Mark Rooney, Premier Modular

Premier Modular appoints new head of hire operations

Premier Modular has appointed Mark Rooney as divisional director for its hire operations.
Aylesbury secondary school, Kingsbrook Secondary School,

Construction underway on new Aylesbury secondary school

Construction has started on the new Kingsbrook Secondary School, a £35m low carbon sixth form entry secondary school in Aylesbury.
construction companies

Modular Building Institute releases 2021 modular construction reports

The Modular Building Institute (MBI) – the world’s largest trade association for the commercial modular construction industry – has released its 2021 annual industry reports.
Merstham Park,

Construction underway on £23.7m low carbon school in Surrey

The McAvoy Group, offsite and MMC specialists, has started on site at Merstham Park secondary school in Redhill, Surrey; a £23.7m DfE pathfinder low carbon project.
Modular housebuilder, CoreHaus

Modular housebuilder to produce 5,000 homes a year

A new steel frame modular housebuilder, CoreHaus, opened its first factory last week intending to build 5000 new homes a year within the next five years.

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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.