Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) Standardisation Research and Kit of Parts - JULY UPDATE

Stakeholder engagement key findings 

In June and July we hosted nine workshops to understand the barriers and opportunities for a digital kit of parts and standardisation for MMC in low-rise housing. We were bowled over by the attendance, with over 118 industry experts attending with background and expertise ranging from manufacturers to clients, contractors to clients, housing and digital.

The industry insight has given a lot to think about and are helping to inform the final shape of the digital kit of parts we are working on. Flick through some of our key findings below:

What you asked

A few questions were raised during the workshops… here are our answers.

Next steps

We might be a bit quiet for the next few weeks as we process the findings and define the what will be contained within the digital kit of parts. Once we have compiled this information, we’ll be hosting an online event to provide an update at the end of the summer – keep an eye on your inbox for an invite!

If you’d like to provide us any input and thoughts in the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out to We’re excited to share even more of our learnings with you then!

Best wishes,
The project team 

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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.