MMC Strategy in Healthcare | IHP Strategy


Jamie Hillier


Akerlof was tasked with developing the MMC strategy for one of the UK’s leading healthcare contractors, Integrated Health Projects (IHP), which is an established joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine.

What we did

We initially conducted a thorough gap analysis, evaluating the business’ understanding, maturity and adoption of MMC relative to industry benchmarks. Armed with insights into the organisation, we shaped an MMC value proposition, focused on supporting a strategic framework re-bid.

Through a long-term lens, we provided clear definitions, guidance and a common language to foster an organisational understanding of MMC. Building on this foundation, we delivered an implementation plan, backed by SMART goals, materials to support organisational learning and growth, and tools to inform a data-driven approach, including quantitative assessment of MMC.

The impact

  • Established a clear vision and structure, transitioning from tactical to strategic adoption of MMC, resulting in better outcomes
  • Focused framework that has facilitated a strategic growth in capability and application of MMC within IHP
  • Catalysed a successful strategic framework re-bid
  • Positive impact on individual projects, leading to improved understanding, awareness and application of MMC within the business

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.