Actis welcomes Hackitt’s call to increase offsite manufacturing

modern methods of construction, Dame Judith Hackitt,

Modern Methods of Construction play a vital role in ensuring the ‘new normal’ is greener and more efficient, according to Dame Judith Hackitt and construction minister Nadhim Zahawi

While the past three months have been undeniably distressing and challenging for everyone on a personal and economic level, the drive to ramp up Modern Methods of Construction as part of a recovery package has been welcomed by Actis.

Hackitt and Zahawi were among guest speakers at the latest Town Hall webinar run by construction software specialist Let’s Build on how the industry will recover from the Covid-19 crisis.

This week’s webinar follows the publication earlier this month of the Construction Leadership Council’s ‘Roadmap to Recovery‘. The plan’s three-phase approach concludes with a ‘reinvention’ element to take place over the next two years.

This embrace, among other factors, increased use of Modern Methods of Construction and indeed cites a presumption towards offsite.

Building the economy


Construction minister Nadhim Zahawi, speaking at the webinar, said: “The construction industry has a vital role to play in building the economy of the future. We’re not looking to resurrect the old status quo.

“We want to build a new normal. We want a stronger, greener economy and a stronger, more sustainable construction industry.

“We want to increase the number of sites making use of offsite. We want to embed net-zero carbon into housing developments.”

Dame Judith Hackitt, commented: “There are good opportunities for the industry to transform itself. We need to change the culture in construction. Actions taken during this crisis show the industry can adapt.

“There is a capacity for change. This vehicle is already moving. It just needs to go faster.”

Actis UK and Ireland sales director Mark Cooper, added: “With timber frame homes around 20% faster to build than traditional homes, this is one of several factors which underlines their importance.”


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