Competition challenges students to design home using MMC

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The Construction Innovation Hub has teamed up with the Ministry of Building Innovation and Education (MOBIE) to challenge students in the UK to design a home using modern methods of construction

The 2019 MOBIE and Construction Innovation Hub Student Design Challenge will ask students to design the ultimate 21st century house using modern methods of construction, which may begin as a starter home but be extended to accommodate a multi-generational family.

Students are being asked to consider technology, affordability, size, space, family growth, sustainability, comfort, individuality and aesthetics.

It is MOBIE and the Construction Innovation Hub’s intent for the winning home design to be developed by architects and professionally structurally engineered, enabling the manufacture and assembly of modules at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry – a member of the Construction Innovation Hub.

Mark Southgate, chief executive of MOBIE, said: “MOBIE’s focus is on developing innovative ways to build homes, providing access to education and skills development and, vitally, challenging the housing market to do better.

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“This challenge covers all the bases and we look forward to seeing entries from across the country that design homes to genuinely transform the way we live in Britain.”

George Clarke, founder and trustee of MOBIE, said: “It’s an amazing opportunity for students of all ages to design a family home for the future which embraces modern methods of construction, innovative materials and digital technologies.”

Keith Waller, programme director of the Construction Innovation Hub, added: “The strong focus on modern methods of construction, sustainability and embracing new digitally-enabled manufacturing and assembly technologies goes to the very heart of what we are trying to achieve through the Construction Innovation Hub, as we work to be a catalyst for change right across the sector, delivering wider economic, environmental and social benefits for society.

“But key to delivering real and lasting transformation will involve attracting more young people with diverse new skills into the construction sector and that’s why initiatives like this one are so vitally important.”

Schools interested in taking up the challenge can find registration forms here.

A shortlist of finalist teams will be selected, and those teams will be invited to attend a judging event hosted by the Construction Innovation Hub at the MTC on 28 June.

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