25 May 2021
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 Stone “We 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.
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.
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.