HCLG Committee begins MMC inquiry

According to the government’s Industrial Strategy, Modern Methods of Construction has the potential to “reform” the residential sector.


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

The 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 currently exist to prevent this.

The session will also examine how skills and recruitment within the industry can be improved to allow for greater adoption of MMC.

Modern Methods of Construction is said to utilise 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 housebuilding, MMC is also said to 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 to meet its target of 300,000 new homes each year, and 1m between 2017 and 2020.

The session, on 4th March, is due to take evidence from Mark Farmer, Founding Director and CEO at Cast Consultancy and Ben Derbyshire, President, Royal Institute of British Architects.

The full list of delegates also includes:

• Dr Chris Goodier, Director, Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering, Loughborough University
• Victoria Pinoncely, Former Research Manager, Centre for London
• Ivan Harbour, Senior Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
• Dr Chris Millard, Technical Director, Assets and Manufacturing, Laing O’Rourke

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