The consultancy that delivers betters

We provide fresh and objective thinking to help our clients deliver economic, environmental and social value through Modern Methods of Construction.

What is Modern Methods of Construction (MMC)?

MMC describes new ways of constructing buildings and infrastructure that result in productive, sustainable and better outcomes. This could include digital technologies, offsite manufacturing techniques and improved processes.

Our mission

We can make a difference

The construction industry holds a unique opportunity to influence society for the better, both in what we build and how we build it.

We need inventive solutions to address the challenges of social inequality, climate change, resource depletion and profound demographic shifts.

This is where Akerlof can help...

We work with ambitious leaders in both public and private sectors, responding to contemporary challenges with creativity and clarity.

Simply put, we provide our clients with strategic advice and insight to unlock the benefits of: Modern Methods of Construction, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and Innovation.

To deliver betters... not just goods.

Featured project

Capturing the social impact of one of the UK's largest train operators

Akerlof was commissioned to develop GWR’s first ever social impact report, assessing and reporting their social value using the new Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) Rail Social Value Tool. This process was a first for GWR and only the second for a train operator.

Jamie Hillier


With a penchant for tweed and jackets with leather arm patches, Jamie began his career as a quantity surveyor, before climbing the ladder to lead major projects for a Tier 1 contractor.

Eventually expanding his book collection beyond copies of SMM7, Jamie has interest in a broad range of subjects linked to delivering better outcomes for society and the environment.

His strategic insights on MMC and behavioural science have made their way into numerous government, industry and academic publications, including the Construction Playbook, Transforming Infrastructure Performance Roadmap to 2030, the Platform Rulebook and the RIBA DfMA Overlay.

John Handscomb


Construction is in John’s blood. Learning from his father who was a planner and project manager, John began his career by working on some iconic projects in both the public and private sector.

As a procurement expert and integrator of new ways of working, John has pioneered the integration of platform principles, DfMA processes and supply chain within over £5bn projects in the last 15 years, for some of the largest building programmes in the UK. Despite his considerable expertise, John keeps it simple, communicating complicated ideas with ease and helping to equip the industry with new knowledge and skills.

Outside of Akerlof, John enjoys his executive role with technology start-up ScanTech Digital, spending time with his family, taking trips down the football, playing a bit of golf with friends and the odd pint. 

Our name is shared with George Akerlof, a Nobel Prize-winning economist.

His seminal paper, Market for Lemons, demonstrated the devastating consequences of making decisions under the conditions of quality uncertainty and unequal information between buyers and sellers, increasing the chance of buyers ending up with a ‘lemon’.

This 50-year-old concept continues to retain parallels within the construction industry.

Through our insight and experience, we can rebalance this information asymmetry on behalf of our clients, levelling the playing field to deliver better outcomes.