Contracting for offsite schemes

Peter Hibberd BW 2017

Peter Hibberd sets out the JCT standard form options when selecting a contract for a project that will use modern methods of construction

Views on MMC range from its adoption being the only proper solution for meeting building needs, to its being old hat and only able to produce aesthetic mediocrity. Neither view is true; nor is it true that standard construction contracts per se are a barrier to adopting MMC.

Our understanding of MMC is often confused, despite the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government joint industry working group’s 2019 publication Modern Methods of Construction, which introduces its MMC definition framework. It’s a definition that comprises seven categories and spans all types of pre-manufacturing, site-based materials, and processes, but restricts itself to housebuilding.

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