Farmer appointed MMC Champion
January 2020

Task: Increase use of MMC in Housing

Housing minister Esther McVey has appointed a modern methods of construction (MMC) champion. Consultant Cast's chief executive Mark Farmer will take up the role aimed at providing the government with independent scrutiny and advice on how to increase the use of MMC in homebuilding.

Wider Innovation
Farmer will also be tasked with developing a "construction corridor" in the North as well as promoting wider innovation in the sector. In addition, he will act as an overseas ambassador for the UK’s MMC housebuilding activities in, using international networks and trade opportunities to attract investment.

Fewer Defect; Lower Bills
“[MMC] can deliver high-quality housing at pace and it has been shown that some homes built using modern methods have 80% fewer defects and can reduce heating bills by to 70%,” said a Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Urgent Need
Farmer said: “This is a really important time for the construction industry and there is an urgent need to rethink how we build homes, delivering better quality, improved safety, carbon reduction and an array of exciting new career opportunities.

Accelerate ‘Gold Standard’ Uptake
“I look forward to working with both industry and Government to make sure we now accelerate the uptake of modern methods of construction.”
McVey added: “I want to see modern MMC – the new gold standard of building – being used up and down the country to usher in a green housing revolution.

DfMA Helping Us

We’ve been producing Timber Frame – as illustrated in this press release – for years. What is new, but not addressed by Farmer, is the shift to DfMA - Design for Manufacture & Assembly; a welcome change in the overall approach to project management and development which engages the whole team responsible for delivery on time and within budget. It requires a systematic, solution driven approach which brings discipline to the process, sharing information and communications.

Partnering for Progress

All of this entails a shift in thinking to that already practiced by established ‘Off-Site’ MMC manufacturers. It can be quickly and easily incorporated into procedures and processes of building and development. Better still, you can make partnering arrangements with such manufacturers to gain all round benefits.

Greater Speed, Accuracy, Quality and Lower Costs

Greater collaborative ‘partnering’ between architects, builders and manufacturers will deliver these. The greater speed, accuracy and quality that can result from manufacturing components in a dry, controlled factory environment, together with the ability tom incorporate (yet to be invented) ‘Smart Ware’ gives home builders perhaps the only way of achieving this, together with improved on-site build quality AND controlling costs.

Resistance Disappearing

While resistance to the change to DfMA has been the norm, the wish of most UK Builders to deliver excellent customer service and top notch homes is now driving an increasing number to choose Off-Site for their developments. Also, as ‘OffSite Hub” note, architects and designers are moving toward DfMA, something we have been encouraging for over 20 years. The emergence of LA Developers will only speed up this process.

Easy Timber Frame

To assist them in doing so our “Easy Timber Frame “ now offers standard size modular timber frame elements for them to use as a design base, cutting down on technical design and engineering to produce win-win results. This virtually provides any housebuilder or architect with their own bespoke design factory facility.

Better all-round Savings
Our specialist services and CUSTOM homes division deliver best value and protect the interests of land owners, house-builder developers, professionals and private individuals seeking to build their dream home. Our off-site construction systems also reduce the amount of material that gets wasted on site, helping to avoid land fill, hazardous waste separation and handling, They also deliver better value for you and your customers.