MMC in Healthcare

Modern methods of construction are contemporary innovations that include new technologies (such as digital tools and techniques), offsite manufacture and the use of efficient processes to deliver better outcomes.

At Akerlof we provide specialist advice in the healthcare sector to support Trusts, project teams and the supply chain in their adoption and application of MMC and industrialisation to deliver improved healthcare assets, reaching as many patients and staff as possible, as quickly as possible.

Our healthcare services

  • MMC strategy development (at Trust, estate or project level)
  • Roadmap development to enable and embed MMC adoption and industrialisation
  • MMC training – to support stakeholder knowledge and understanding
  • Response to NHP Technical Advisors

Technical support to project teams to ensure: 

  • Standardisation of spaces, shell and core and components
  • NHP standards (H2.0) compliance 
  • Optimisation of off-site technology adoption

Construction programming and planning including:

  • Buildability strategies that considers programme, logistics, methodology
  • On-site, near-site and off-site logistics planning
  • Detailed construction programming (RIBA Stages 0-4)
  • MMC assessment (applying P23 MMC Toolkit)
  • Third party audit

As authors of 'Construction Platforms in Healthcare' and with first hand delivery experience of large scale hospitals, we are uniquely positioned to bridge strategic insight and practical application, ensuring reduced risk and optimised outcomes in delivery.

Discover more of our healthcare projects below.

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.