‘Sandpit challenge’ calls for suppliers to showcase new solutions to tackle housing challenges

A ‘transformational’ housebuilding project is calling for new solutions to address some of the current challenges facing the sector.

Advanced Industrialised Methods for the Construction of Homes (AIMCH) is inviting suppliers to enter the ‘sandpit’ challenge to showcase their products or services, demonstrating how they can deliver industrialised offsite solutions to meet current and future demands.

The three-year AIMCH project, which aims to help the sector build new homes quicker, more efficiently and to a higher standard, is encouraging innovation and collaboration from across the industry.

There are three challenge areas for suppliers to submit their technically and commercially promising products and systems:

  • Advanced MMC solutions, with a particular focus on scaffoldless erect
  • Standardised solutions, including modular stairs, bathroom pods, and preformed windows and doors
  • Zero carbon solutions, with a particular interest in heat pumps, underfloor heating, convection heaters, battery storage, and lower lambda mineral wool

Successful partners could see their products and services trialled on live projects, with successful methods being commercialised and brought to market in volume.

Daniel Shea, AIMCH partner and technical innovation coordinator at Barratt Developments, said, “What we are looking for from the sandpit challenge is for suppliers to bring forward truly innovative and unique near to market solutions that have the potential to be scalable. Already we have witnessed the success of new product and system trials during the first two years of the AMICH project and we know that there are many more companies out there who are innovating and can play their part in helping to transform the sector.

“We need to find more sustainable ways of building quality new homes and achieving a net zero carbon built environment, and we need game-changers who can support this transformation.”

Proposals can be submitted by completing the application form on the AIMCH website.  Successful applicants will then be invited to participate in a workshop hosted by one of three AIMCH partners: L&Q, Stewart Milne Group or Barratt Developments.