The benefits of Modern Methods of Construction

by Paul Thorpe | February 2, 2023 |  4 min read

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The history of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) can be traced back to the early 20th century, when new technologies were evolving to assist in improving efficiencies in the way we design and build to reduce cost and waste.

MMC typically refers to innovative construction techniques, materials and processes that aim to improve sustainability and well as the cost effectiveness of a construction project. If we look back at the late 1940s, after World War II, there was a need for rapid and cost effective reconstruction of many homes and buildings, this led to the development of precast concrete panels and modular construction methods. As a result, the use of prefabricated components gained popularity as a means to streamlining construction methods and reducing onsite time and costs.

Moving forward four decades to the 1980s, the construction industry was very much in favour of modular construction, with a focus on improving quality control, reducing waste and shortening construction schedules. This is also when computer aided design (CAD) and manufacturing (CAM) technologies began to play a significant role in the design and fabrication of building components.

Today, in the 2020s, innovations in robotics and automation are being integrated into construction processes, further improving efficiency and safety and the way MMC is carried out. Advanced materials such as self-healing concrete and smart building components, are being developed to enhance the durability and resilience of built assets.

Throughout its history, MMC has evolved in response to societal and industry change, driven by a desire for faster and more sustainable construction methods. With digital technologies now at its core, MMC can improve the way we build everything across multiple sectors including healthcare, education, transport and infrastructure.

BIM Academy, together with its sister company, Ryder Architecture, have been at the leading edge of MMC as it progressed, integrating digital delivery and new construction technologies. We work closely with estate managers for clients in government bodies, healthcare, education and private estates in a strategic advisory capacity through to design and delivery.

We use a combination of technical innovation and digital knowledge to add value to client projects and achieve the desired efficiencies in improving sustainability and cost saving outcomes.

See below some of our MMC success stories. 

Supportive Housing Developments

Supportive Housing Developments

Innovative Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) and expert offsite manufacturing have played an important role in the delivery of supporting housing in British Columbia (BC), Canada.

Whittington Education Centre

Whittington Education Centre

BIM Academy lead on a digital collaboration that pushed the possibilities of 3D design and off-site construction to deliver this much needed healthcare facility for Whittington Health NHS Trust in London.

Tetley Brewery Aire Park Development

Aire Park in Leeds is the largest new city centre park in the UK. Made up of a series of interconnected public spaces stretching across eight acres, the development is located on reclaimed roadway from Meadow Lane and the redevelopment of the former Tetley Brewery site.

About the author

Paul Thorpe

Director, BIM Academy

Paul is experienced in managing the digital delivery of large scale construction and infrastructure projects across the globe. Paul joined the BIM Academy team on his return to the UK after living and working in Hong Kong for several years.

Paul has specialisms in information management, BIM execution, digital twin development and delivery, and digital transformation. Paul is a Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute (PMI) and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

With a proven ability to build and lead high performing teams across major projects, Paul brings his experience in developing digital business plans and executing company wide digital strategies to BIM Academy.