Thames Valley Forum Housing Group meeting on MMC

Thames Valley Forum has launched a Housing Group to take forward the ideas and suggestions raised in the 2020 report. The report identified the need to “Share best practice and projects that are beacons for sustainable growth including Modern Methods of Construction (MMC)”.

Therefore the meeting on 10th June 2021, chaired by Andrew Hunter, Director of Place, Planning & Regeneration at Bracknell Forest Council, discussed these issues to improve understanding and collaboration around the benefits, opportunities and obstacles in using MMC in the Thames Valley.

We heard three presentations including John Skivington of LHC, Vince Fenson of Polypipe Offsite, and Mike Corless from LoCal Homes, part of GreenSquareAccord.

The key benefits of MMC includes sustainability and productivity with wider positives potentially including affordability and quality standards.

The group heard about the seven different Government categories of MMC and how there is a national desire to encourage MMC to achieve ambitious housebuilding targets.

The interactive session among the 30 guests – representing a mix across the housebuilding industry and local authorities – focused on some of the practical ways to make MMC a reality.

There appears to be a willingness among all parts of the industry and Local Authorities to pursue MMC and there are examples around the region where MMC is becoming a reality.

While increased numbers are taking place, there remains a lack of understanding in some parts on the benefits of MMC and a need to create more effective partnerships.

Thames Valley Forum will now be considering the ideas raised and how to make a positive intervention to support MMC in the region.