MMC Standardisation and Kit of Parts
The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has embarked on a ‘Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) Standardisation Research and Kit of Parts’ project to develop an open-source kit of parts that will encourage the uptake of MMC.
Following through on commitments set out within the Transforming Infrastructure Performance Roadmap to 2030 and Construction Playbook, the project represents a key step by government to translate policy into practice.
Akerlof, a specialist MMC consultancy, has been appointed by DLUHC through competitive tender to lead a consortium of partners, including Buro Happold, HLM Architects and Limberger Associates, that will collectively undertake research and engagement to help shape a strategy that uses standard parts.
The focus of the project will be on MMC Categories 2 (2D primary structural systems) and 5 (non-structural assemblies and sub-assemblies). Extensive consultation with the wider industry and supply chain will ensure the solutions reflect the requirements of the sector and unlock growth within the MMC market.
Commenting on the project, Housing Minister, Rachel Maclean MP, said:
Delivering more, better quality and greener homes is central to our levelling up mission. I encourage all industry partners to engage in this research which will harness the benefits of Modern Methods of Construction, drive up productivity in the sector and help deliver the high-quality homes this country needs.
Jamie Hillier, Partner at Akerlof said:
Akerlof is delighted to be working with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, our consortium partners and the wider industry on this exciting project which will accelerate the move towards MMC within the housing sector. As a business we are committed to driving transformation that leads to a better built environment. We hope that this project will demonstrate the benefits of using common parts to create greater choice across housing and set the direction of travel for the sector.
Gaynor Tennant, Co-Founder and Chair of the Offsite Alliance said:
Notes to editors:
Akerlof is a specialist MMC consultancy that helps organisations in the built environment to deliver betters, not just goods. Responding to contemporary challenges with creativity and clarity, we work with ambitious leaders in both public and private sectors to offer fresh and objective thinking on how to deliver economic, environmental and social value through Modern Methods of Construction (MMC).
Akerlof is lead partner of the consortium delivering the Modern Methods of Construction Standardisation Research and Kit of Parts project, as well as providing resource and leadership for stakeholder management and communications. The consortium comprises:
- Buro Happold – Kit of parts development
- HLM Architects – MMC standardisation research
- Limberger Associates – Project leadership and management
The Offsite Alliance is involved as a key stakeholder for the project, which aligns with their mission to work alongside leading organisations, industry bodies, the government, local authorities, housing associations and its members to increase the uptake and delivery of offsite technologies across the construction sector. They co-ordinate and present the views of the Offsite Alliance members, sharing innovation and best practice to drive increased productivity and a more sustainable built environment.
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For more information contact Project Director, Tim Limberger, Limberger Associates: Tim@limbergerassociates.com
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