The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee have warned the government of an over-reliance on traditional building methods.

In the report titled Modern methods of construction (MMC), the committee urged the government to unlock the potential of new construction methods, to build homes faster and cheaper without compromising quality. 

MMC comprises a range of innovations including the use of new materials, digital working and precision manufacturing techniques. Crucially, the processes can also be used alongside traditional building methods and also allow for greater use of off-site construction, which may be of particular use to small-site developers.

According to Erica Belcher, researcher at the Centre for London, off-site housing construction and manufacturing could help to achieve faster delivery on-site than traditional construction, with schemes completed in about two-thirds of the time.

She added that the report “will put pressure on the government to make a step change to ensure that these methods can be part of the solution to the UK’s housing crisis.”

Read the full report here

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