Webinar to mark halfway point of modern housebuilding project

A webinar is to be hosted to share key insights on the adoption of modern methods in construction.

The event comes as part of the Advanced Industrialised Methods for the Construction of Homes (AIMCH) project, a three-year initiative funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Industrial Challenge Fund (ISCF).

The overall goal of the project is to support the sector by delivering 120,000 homes for the same or less cost than traditional methods, built 30% quicker and with 50% less defects.

The webinar, which will take place on Wednesday 16 September from 14:00 to 15:15, is being hosted by a consortium of private, public and academic partners. It will mark the mid-point of the project and will share with the industry important outputs from the initiative and will explore ‘How Panelised MMC strategies can support the housing sector in a post-Covid Britain’.

Sam Stacey, ISCF challenge director for construction at UKRI, will host the panel of AIMCH project partners, including AIMCH project director and Stewart Milne Group director of product development Stewart Dalgarno; Oliver Novakovic, technical and innovation Director at Barratt Group; Wayne Hill; production strategy director of L&Q Group, Lucy Black; CSIC’s director of innovation and engagement; Forster Group Chairman, John Forster; and Clare Pickin, associate director from the Manufacturing Technology Centre.

Stewart Dalgarno, AIMCH project director and Stewart Milne Group director of product development, said, “We are at the mid-point of the AIMCH project and already we are seeing outputs that have the potential to drive wider impact on industry on how we build, monitor and improve our homes. It has been a particularly challenging year for industry but businesses are tackling the situation head on with innovation. Panelised modern methods of construction have a key role to play in turning things around and driving recovery in the sector as we find our way through and out of the current crisis, supporting the delivery of more homes that can be built quickly and viably.”

Sam Stacey, ISCF challenge director for construction at UKRI, added, “AIMCH is an exciting, challenging and game-changing project.  It will make people’s lives easier and will help to create jobs, building a younger and more diverse workforce, accelerate technology adoption, and support investment and growth of manufacturing.  It is a world leading housing exemplar that is set to transform the way homes are built, making it more efficient, safer and more sustainable.”

To register for the webinar, click here.