Eight sites named by housing quango for six-year study into building method

Homes England has set out the details of eight developments on which it will carry out a six-year study of the use of modern methods of construction in the housebuilding industry.

The housing quango named the sites – in total comprising 1,800 homes – as it set out details of the study of MMC construction, first announced last year, which will be carried out by engineer Atkins and its surveying subsidiary Faithful & Gould.

Countryside Properties MMC factory, Warrington

Homes England said the study will look at several issues including build quality, safety and wastage

Sites include Urban Splash’s 406-home Northstowe Phase 2 scheme, where it is working in conjunction with Japanese modular giant Sekisui.

Schemes that will take part in the study include three fully modular projects, three panellised system projects, one combination of the two and one light gauge steel frame project.

Homes England said it will provide annual updates on their progress, before a final report is issued at the end of the build programme.

Robert Stone, technical director at Homes England, said: “This large-scale, long-term and in-depth project will provide the sector with the valuable evidence it needs to make informed decisions about MMC and deliver better homes faster.”

The research will consider 15 different aspect of MMC delivery, from cost and productivity to safety, wastage and build quality.

Atkins and Faithful & Gould will carry out the research with assistance from the Building Research Establishment and University College London.

The full list of schemes is:

Site NameLocationSizePrimary MMC Technology

Northstowe Phase 2


406 homes


East Quayside


292 homes

Light Gauge Steel Frame

Swindon Gateway


159 homes


Spencers Park

Hemel Hempstead

600 homes


Grappenhall Heys Phase 2


220 homes

Modular & Panellised

York Road


80 homes


Tattenhoe Phase 4

Milton Keynes

100 homes


Park Prewett – Hollies Phase


30 homes