Modern Methods of Construction Series: Procurement, Planning and the Role of Government

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Halfway through G&T’s modern methods of construction series, the discussion turned to procurement and the opportunities for looking at alternative approaches, as well as the role the UK Government has to play in driving the uptake of MMC.

Bringing together experts from across the supply chain, this webinar series aims to unlock the potential of modern methods of construction when using MMC within building projects. In our latest discussion the panel focused on key areas for consideration and noted early supply chain engagement as a top priority for ensuring developments benefit from the opportunities available when using modern methods of construction.

“83% of the audience would consider an alternative procurement approach for future projects if using MMC”

A central part of the session focused on procurement and the differences when procuring for MMC in comparison to using more traditional methods. It was discussed how important it is to secure a manufacturing partner early in the process and that early engagement with building control can also benefit the overall project programme and help ensure successful delivery.

Answers to question 1 in a pie chart

When asked what role government could play to support the uptake of MMC, 41% of the audience voted for changes to regulation and legislation, followed by the application of planning conditions (19%) and increased subsidies alongside tax reliefs (14%). This shows a desire for greater engagement from government with these new building approaches and that new legislation and guidance would be welcomed by the built environment.

Answers to question 2 in a bar graph

The panel brought together for this session included Mark Pundsack - Building Control at the City of London, Peter Goring - Construction Director at Mace, Rory Bergin - Partner at HTA Design LLP, Tim Uttley – Commercial Director at JRL Caledonian Modular, Helen Cuthbert – Founding Director of Planning Potential and Graham Knight, Director at Gardiner & Theobald.

If you would like to catch up on the series so far or watch the full recording, visit our YouTube channel.

To find out more about our modern methods of construction series get in touch with the team today.