Better outcomes through MMC at Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital


Jamie Hillier


In partnership with the Trust and project team, Akerlof developed an MMC strategy at RIBA Stage 2 and 3 for the new Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital (CCRH). Part of the New Hospitals Programme (NHP), CCRH is planned to be a world-class facility that brings together clinical and research expertise.

What we did

In collaboration with AECOM and NBBJ, we aided the Trust in its ambition to create better healthcare infrastructure, as quickly as possible, in detecting cancer earlier, treating it more precisely and saving more lives.

By embedding Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) and platform principles at the earliest opportunity, we helped the Trust further its ambitions to create a world-class facility.
The MMC strategy applies an intelligent approach focused to deliver value for the client and stakeholders. Translating themes of standardisation, DfMA, manufacture, digitisation and industrialisation into actionable activity, we educated and empowered the project team to adopt of MMC, where it delivers value.

The impact

  • Raised the awareness and understanding of MMC within the project team
  • Delivered the business case requirements in respect of MMC
  • Fostered an increase in adoption of MMC, thereby enhancing outcomes such as time, cost, risk, sustainability and social value
  • Received commendations from NHP Technical Advisors

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NHP Technical Advisors

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.