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MP’s look into how Modern Methods of Construction boosts housing supply

04 March 2019

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee begins its inquiry into Modern Methods of Construction on Monday 4 March as they take evidence from academics and industry representatives.

Modern Methods of Construction utilises a range of approaches, such as off-site manufacturing and improvements to the supply-chain, and is intended to produce more, better quality homes in less time. Compared to more traditional forms of house building, MMC can improve predictability of work and costs, mitigate material shortages and the impact of developments on the local area. According to the Government’s Industrial Strategy, MMC has the potential to reform the residential construction sector so as to meet its target of 300,000 new homes each year, and 1 million between 2017 and 2020.

The wide ranging session will examine the benefits of Modern Methods of Construction and how it could sustainably boost the housing supply. It will look at how uptake could be boosted, particularly with small and medium sized housebuilders, and what barriers exist preventing this. The session will also examine how skills and recruitment within the industry can be improved to allow for greater adoption of MMC.

Witnesses

Monday 4 March, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

From 4.00pm:

  • Mark Farmer, Founding Director and CEO, Cast Consultancy
  • Dr Chris Goodier, Director, Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering, Loughborough University
  • Victoria Pinoncely, Former Research Manager, Centre for London

From 4.45pm:

  • Ben Derbyshire, President, Royal Institute of British Architects
  • Ivan Harbour, Senior Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
  • Dr Chris Millard, Technical Director, Assets and Manufacturing, Laing O'Rourke

Further information

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