Blog: SECBE Awards 2023 Finalist The MFS i-Form Solution (Masonry Frame Systems Ltd)

12 April 2023

Modern Methods of Construction sponsored by QuickFix Profiles

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

Modern Methods of Construction Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards 2023 finalist

Masonry Frame Systems (MFS) are evangelical about MMC and the offsite ‘Manufacturing-Led’ construction ‘Platforms’ that form such an integral part of delivering a true MMC solution. Which is why the company realised that it needed to clearly define its 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 or purely volumetric ‘one size fits all’ MMC routes:
• It is MFS mindset, its attitude and its vision;
• It is the partners that MFS collaborate with, and the offsite construction ‘platforms’ it chooses;
• It is the way MFS design, digitally and fully BIM compliant to create completely bespoke, yet standardised & repeatable buildings;
• It is MFS's ‘assembly’ approach to construction onsite, with core teams of two using one mini-crane;
• It is MFS's focus on health, safety & wellbeing;
• It is the company's commitment to green technologies & practices

MFS i-Form Solution™ is about building BETTER, GREENER & SMARTER to deliver unique & sustainable developments for MFS's clients & local communities.

MFS i-Form Solution™ are:

  • Winner of the Offsite Award for Best Use of Concrete Technology 2022
  • Winner of the SE Construction Contractor of the Year Award 2021
  • Finalist for the SECBE Awards in 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022
  • Offsite Awards finalist in 3 categories 2021

THE I-FORM SOLUTION™ APPLIED AT AMPERSAND IN SURREY:

THE ‘SILKA CHALLENGE’, WHERE WE 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: 


Key achievements:

  • The MFS i-Form Solution™ was trademarked 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: evidenced by
    • 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 & Sustainable
    • Recycled & natural core materials
    • Lower embodied carbon
    • Less dust on site
    • Zero waste to landfill
    • Teams of two
    • Fire resistant 4hrs+
    • Excellent thermal & acoustic performance


Project Partners: Masonry Frame Systems Ltd, Xella GmbH, H+H Celcon, LISSMAC Maschinenbau GmbH, Milbank Concrete Products Ltd


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Find out who wins at the Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards 2023 Ceremony on Thurs 29th June 2023.


About the Modern Methods of Construction Award (sponsored by QuickFix Profiles): 

This Award Category considers a number of factors that are convening to make offsite construction a more attractive solution than ever before and 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 more about the other Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards 2023 finalists here

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