MMC in Healthcare | Transforming Future Healthcare


John Handscomb


Working alongside trusts, design teams and contractors, Akerlof is supporting the development of new hospitals with a pipeline value in excess of £1.5bn.

Collaborating with project teams across the UK, we are developing leading strategies that are transforming the way hospitals are designed and constructed, making them fit for the future.

What we did

By embedding Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) and platform principles, including standardisation, repeatability, circularity and DfMA at the earliest stages of a project, we are helping our clients achieve better patient care, improved productivity, de-carbonisation and positive social outcomes.

We ensure all strategies developed are clearly aligned to each trust’s specific policies and goals, alongside integrating wider themes such as digitisation, social value, sustainability and facilities management. We then work as part of the wider team to practically realise these benefits at all levels across the project or programme.

The impact

  • Supported seven healthcare schemes to date through business case and into construction
  • Work recognised as best-in-class by NHSEI
  • Demystifying what is often seen as a complex subject for stakeholders, leaving a legacy of understanding
  • Making policy deliverable on site to meet the prioritised needs of government, trusts and the communities they serve

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

Akerlof provided the most professional and personalised service which addressed the client brief and accommodated change in a flexible manner having an open mind to innovation and going the extra mile. The outputs produced are industry exemplar.

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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.