MMC Strategy | Ministry of Justice


Jamie Hillier


With a presumption in favour of offsite solutions and a portfolio of future works of £3bn over next 5 years, the Ministry of Justice sought to develop a clear vision and strategic approach to the adoption of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC). Having previously delivered independent, autonomous projects, they required a strategy that would bring about a shift from tactical to cultural adoption, as well as leverage economies of scope and scale to deliver better, faster and greener.

What we did

Akerlof led the Ministry of Justice’s team in formulating a defined vision and strategy. We balanced innovation with pragmatism, ensuring the implementation plan reflected the dynamics of the departmental culture, as well as responding to new policy (namely the Construction Playbook and National Infrastructure Strategy). Akerlof also provided design support for the £2bn New Prisons Programme, drawing up a route-map for standardisation and the adoption of platform solutions to drive repeatability and consistency. Akerlof has been retained by the MoJ to monitor MMC outcomes across the New Prisons Programme, including the calculation of Pre-Manufactured Value (PMV) at each stage of project development.

The impact

  • Brought together a collaborative team from across the sector, binding competing organisations, to conduct transformational research
  • Aggregated and analysed social infrastructure pipeline to demonstrate the potential for product platforms
  • Published an open access guide that educates, enables and empowers organisations to develop and deploy platform solutions

Don't just take our word for it...

The MMC Strategy represents a paradigm shift in our vision, that will reap transformational change to deliver better outcomes.

Lynda Rawsthorne, Director of Prison Infrastructure, Ministry of Justice

Construction News covers how the Ministry of Justice will achieve the full benefits of modern methods of construction across the New Prisons Programme Read the press release

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.