There has been a real step change in the approach towards Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) and a growing realisation that it can play a significant role in addressing many of the problems currently troubling the construction industry.
MMC feels more viable than ever before as a means to address the UK's housing crisis and to help the construction sector to ‘build back better’ and so, with the help of Womble Bond Dickinson clients and industry leaders, we've explored the opportunities and challenges that MMC presents in our latest report.
We strongly believe that MMC offers a real long-term solution to drive sustainability in the sector, both financially and environmentally - but to transition effectively, the approach to building needs to be addressed and a move made from ‘why not’ to ‘why now’.
"MMC is all about innovation and creating new methods to make efficiencies across construction. While there are likely to be a limited number of larger manufacturing factories situated across the UK, this is likely to be supplemented by complementary, smaller, innovative companies that are pieces of the jigsaw of a complete MMC project."
MMC in numbers
of homes built in the UK are constructed using MMC
new homes need to be constructed each year until 2031 to meet demand
Timber costs increased up to
in the first half of 2021
per tonne increase in the cost of structural steel since July 2020
of houses in Scotland are built in timber frame
rise in materials costs in 2020/21
of timber used in the UK is currently imported (Timber Trade Federation)
If, per year, 75,000 modular homes are constructed it could create up to
The future and how we get there
Experts in construction and engineering from UK law firm, Womble Bond Dickinson, have called upon employers to wake up to the potential of T levels to support new talent into Modern Methods of Construction (MMC). Read more >
Industry experts have called for greater standardisation, collaboration and incentivisation to make Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) work at scale. Read more >
Experts in Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) have challenged the idea it will only work in certain pockets of the UK and argue that it will contribute to the levelling up agenda if embraced. Read more >