Centre-stage at Housing 2018
Apart from two live builds in the off-site demonstration village there were sessions galore on building better faster. Speakers included Nick Walkley, chief executive, Homes England, Mark Farmer, author, ‘Modernise or Die’ and David Cowans, chief executive, Places for People. Plus a keynote address from The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, secretary of state, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
MMC Urgently Needed
In Sajid Javid’s words, “The Government recognises that in order to meet its commitment to increase the supply of new homes we need a modern construction industry with the techniques to build to scale, volume and speed of supply. Building more homes using Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), including offsite and smart techniques, is a key part of this.”
Consistent Better Quality
The Secretary of State has made it clear that quality is as important as the quantity of new homes. Manufacturing homes in closely monitored factory conditions can deliver improved quality to a consistent standard. Greater investment in time earlier in the design, manufacture and assembly process can lead to faster delivery onsite.
Housing & MMC
We know use of MMC across the housing market is increasing, particularly where pace of delivery and investment over the long term are key factors in the business model. Other sectors are making greater use of pre-assembled components. Some are embracing the opportunities offered by digital technology to customise layouts, fittings and finishes.
There are challenges such as ensuring certainty of supply proportionate to the scale of investment, reducing costs compared to traditional methods, ensuring we deliver well designed, attractive places, securing mortgage finance and training a new diverse workforce with the necessary skills.
Government Encouragement & Support
Government has put in place measures to stimulate the growth of the sector, including creating a pipeline of opportunities to give confidence to the sector and investors. The Home Building Fund provides support for builders using modern methods of construction, including custom builders, new entrants to the market and small and medium-sized builders who cannot access the finance they need.
Insurance & Mortgages
The Government set up a working group to look at the assurance, insurance and mortgages and set aside funding to scale up innovative training models. Work is also on-going with industry to implement a Construction Sector Deal that will support innovation and skills in the sector..
According to Andy von Bradsky, design and quality advisor, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, “These measures are aimed at transforming a developing market into one that contributes positively to mainstream supply.”
Prefabrication Is Key
Factory prefabrication of elements, following ‘Considerate Constructor’ guidelines, and delivering “light”, “warm”, and “modern” buildings along with renewable energy components is part of our quest. Produced under off-site factory controlled conditions, these can go a long way toward offering low cost energy saving homes and improved communities. This includes the availability of carefully selected complimentary components and methods to speed up work on site as well as providing unusual and hard to find environmentally sound, eco-friendly, sustainable and complimentary building products and components that facilitate merging with local vernaculars.
Your Partner in Development
Whether you are an architect, builder or private client, almost certainly you are becoming aware of changing homeowner preferences and aspirations. Working with our teams we believe will help you to provide you’re your clients want and more readily marketable homes.
Better all-round Savings
Our specialist services and CUSTOM homes division deliver best value and protect the interests of land owners, house-builder developers, professionals and private individuals seeking to build their dream home. Our off-site construction systems also reduce the amount of material that gets wasted on site, helping to avoid land fill, hazardous waste separation and handling, They also deliver better value for you and your customers.