BIMPlus – Sept 19
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A new guide argues that modern methods of construction (MMC) are key to increasing the supply of affordable homes in the UK. Published by The Housing Forum, MMC for Affordable Housing Developers aims to help affordable housing providers navigate the procurement, planning, design and post-build stages of MMC projects.
The Guide includes a detailed section on mythbusting, highlighting common assumptions people make about MMC, such as a lack of quality, difficulty in securing finance, and confusion over contracts.
Shelagh Grant, chief executive of The Housing Forum, said: “The guide challenges the myths surrounding procurement, contracts and costs, to help public sector organisations assess the business case for MMC, armed with accurate information.
“MMC will help the government meet its commitment to deliver 300,000 homes a year, but also benefit affordable housing providers and its tenants. Using MMC effectively will future-proof the housing supply. It leads to faster build times, minimises disruption to communities, and there are fewer defects, providing consistent quality and better as-built performance.”
Despite these benefits, barriers do exist. Compliance with the procurement regime was identified as one of the biggest issues preventing public sector organisations from adopting MMC. It clarifies that the public contracts regulations 2015 (often confused) can evaluate benefits, including quality/price evaluation and ongoing maintenance costs.
MMC Already Path-leaders
Jeff Endean, director at Cast Consultancy, provided the keynote at a launch event for the guide and discussed how the housing sector can take MMC forward.
“The emergence of MMC-specific frameworks, alongside a better understanding of delivery and contractual models, is already helping to create affordable and sustainable housing,” he said.
The Next Challenge
“The next challenge will be to achieve this at scale. While there will be challenges, manufacturing is the future for the sector. With the support of the industry, MMC will become a mainstream housing choice.
“To achieve this, there needs to be more control over new-build delivery. It will involve collaboration and innovation in how homes are designed and delivered across the housing association sector, as well as support from regulatory bodies feeding into the funding, insurance and warranty market.”
Get Your Download
MMC for Affordable Housing Developers can be downloaded using the link below.
Supporting Good Design
We work with architects, planners and environmentalists and builders to ‘build beautiful Buildings’ – and satisfy all types of design.
Certain to Satisfy
We deliver Off-Site MMC within price, on-time, reducing waste and giving you CERTAINTY to power your projects. Our ‘Volumetric’ and ‘Flat pack’ modular building solutions give you design flexibility, envisage ultimate demolition and clearance, and so ‘tread lightly on the earth’. We adapt business innovations and developments to environmental needs.
Partnering for Modular Progress
All of this entails a shift in thinking to that already practiced by established ‘Off-Site’ MMC manufacturers. It can be quickly and easily incorporated into your procedures and processes to build and develop. Better still, you can make partnering arrangements to gain all round benefits.
Learn & Earn with DfMA
Applying DfMA (Design for Manufacture & Assembly) to lightweight structures defines the process of taking these to the next level. For example, standard designs from our very low rise ‘SolidLox’ brand enable us to provide buildings that do not require massive foundations and which can avoid harming tree roots while delivering on time and within budget.
Such projects require a systematic, solution driven approach which brings discipline to the process, sharing information and communications.; a welcome change in the overall approach to project management and development – and to those who just ‘talk about it’!
Easy Timber Frame
To assist them in doing so our “Easy Timber Frame “ now offers standard size modular timber frame elements for them to use as a design base, cutting down on technical design and engineering to produce win-win results. This virtually provides any housebuilder or architect with their own bespoke design factory facility.