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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.

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).
modular building in Hull

M-AR joined Children in Need to deliver modular building in Hull

Offsite contractor, M-AR, and BBC’s Children in Need DIY SOS Big Build team up to deliver a bespoke modular building for Hull youth charity.
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.
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.
Modular housing

Digitised modular design will set you free

Digitisation has freed modular from outdated preconceptions of prefabricated construction and offers an opportunity to deliver attractive, good quality housebuilding that meets design codes, regulations and environmental regulations, says Chris Hartiss RIBA, design director at Modulous.
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?

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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.