Blog: SECBE Awards 2021 finalist - MFS i-Form Solution

25 May 2021

MFS i-Form Solution™ (Masonry Frame Systems Ltd)

Offsite SECBE Award 2021 finalist

As Homes England finally launches a 6-year government research project exploring offsite construction in the house-building sector, they acknowledge that there is no meaningful definition of MMC and that the term can be used for a wide range of offsite building systems. Little wonder that a term so often used, yet so loosely defined can be tricky to communicate. They hope is that the research will confirm the received wisdom on these technologies, so that more companies will adopt them and that the findings will be revolutionary in terms of improved productivity, build speed, and economies of scale. 

Homes England technical director Robert StoneWe are committed to increasing the uptake of modern methods of construction. More needs to be done to share learning and build confidence in MMC.”

MFS has known this for a while and is pleased that the government is committed to driving change. However, six years is too long. Since Mark Farmer published his seminal report ‘Modernise or Die’ in 2016, MFS has been pushing MMC and the offsite ‘Manufacturing-Led’ construction ‘Platforms’ that form such an integral part of delivering a true MMC solution.

This is why they realised they needed to clearly define their own P-DfMA approach to MMC. To put it in a nutshell as a systematic formula, easy to understand, easy to benchmark and easy to commission, over and above traditional build methods. To make it a ‘no-brainer’.

So, the MFS i-Form Solution™ was trademarked in August 2020 but has been years in development.

  • It is their mindset, attitude and vision
  • It is the partners they collaborate with, and the offsite construction platforms chosen
  • It is the way they design, digitally and fully BIM compliant to create bespoke yet repeatable buildings
  • It is their ‘assembly’ approach to construction onsite, with core teams of two using one mini-crane
  • It is their focus on health, safety & wellbeing
  • It is their commitment to green technologies and practices

MFS i-Form Solution™ is about building better, greener and smarter to deliver sustainable developments for their clients and local communities.

Their work has been repeatedly recognised, notably as Offsite Awards finalist for best use of concrete technology 2020 and Finalists for the SECBE Award in 2019 and 2020.

  • Video link demonstrating the i-form solution™ applied at ampersand in Surrey: https://youtu.be/gaycwliokks
  • Video link showing the ‘silka challenge’, where they built the structural envelope of a one bed aprartment in under six hours. With just three mfs operatives and one mini-crane. Demonstrating how the pre-cut elements are quickly constructed, labour light. Like a ‘flat-packed’ building or jigsaw: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wptusxssctq
  • Video link showing the silka challenge timelapse, demonstrating the speed of build over the day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hz4qhvi641g

Key facts:

  • Spreading the word - the MFS i-Form Solution™ was trademarked in 2020, with the aim of raising awareness, enhancing understanding and boosting industry confidence in offsite technologies and a P-DfMA approach to MMC.
  • Building better & smarter:
    • 200% quicker build times
    • 100%  BIM compliance
    • Over 90% offsite manufacture
    • 100% productivity
    • 80% less labour
    • 20% saving on overall build cost
    • Class 2B Disp. Collapse solution
    • Pre-formed builders work holes
    • Highly relevant for medium-high rise
  • Greener & born Covid-ready:
    • Recycled & natural core materials
    • Lower embodied carbon
    • Less dust on site
    • Zero waste to landfill
    • COVID-secure teams of two
    • Fire resistant 4hrs+
    • Excellent thermal & acoustic performance

  • Client: Ampersand / Panorama Ashford / 334 London Road
  • Project Partners: Masonry Frame Systems Ltd, Xella GmBH, H+H Celcon, LISSMAC Maschinenbau GmbH and Milbank Concrete Products Ltd

About the Offsite Award: 

A number of factors are convening to make offsite construction a more attractive solution than ever before.  It can help address systemic failures including low productivity, low predictability, low margins, adversarial pricing, lack of culture for collaboration, limited R&D and investment in innovation and poor image. More info.

Find out who wins at the Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards 2021 Summit & Awards Ceremony on Thurs 1st July 2021. Free attendance.

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