Our services

We place customer value at the core of what we do.

We listen. Then we bring our energy, clarity and a fresh perspective, drawing on our expertise in business, technology and behavioural science to deliver imaginative solutions that fulfil our client and partner’s goals.

We maintain the highest standard of conduct in all our business activities, working with integrity and transparency, offering critical challenge that is constructive, principled and proportionate.

ESG stands for Environmental, Social, and Governance. It addresses sustainability, social responsibility, and ethical business practices.
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ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL & GOVERNANCE

From strategic plans to estimating, procurement strategy and product benchmarking advice, through to full cost management services.
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COST MANAGEMENT

We are experts in MMC, platforms, Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA), product development and offsite manufacture.
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MODERN METHODS OF CONSTRUCTION

Our core services above are supported by training and upskilling.

Jamie Hillier

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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

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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.