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Chancellor gives another push to modern methods of construction - MMC

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Treasury documents published after the Chancellor’s Spring budget speech announced a package of support for modern methods of construction (MMC), which broadly consist of a package of techniques to drive efficiencies in construction, including off-site manufacturing and rapid methods of assembly on-site.

A taskforce consisting of world-leading experts from across government and industry will be established by the  Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), with seed funding of £10m to accelerate the delivery of MMC homes in the UK. The taskforce will be based in the MHCLG’s new offices in Wolverhampton and will work closely with regional authorities and mayors, providing support in the achievement of national house-building targets.

The Chancellor also announced a “super deduction” tax break, which will incentivise businesses to invest in the plant and equipment needed for the MMC factory production processes.

The announcement is to be welcomed as MMC is a key component of the strategy spelt out by government in the Construction Playbook to achieve a greener and more efficient construction industry.  The new measures will increase the drive towards MMC which had already been gathering momentum, following the government’s appointment of Mark Farmer as an MMC champion in 2019, and the investment of substantial sums in MMC housing projects to date.

Goodman Derrick’s construction team has advised a number of clients in relation to their participation in MMC projects, and looks forward to the adoption of a new generation of smart contracts using modern IT methods to contribute to the drive towards greater efficiency in the construction industry generally.

Tom Pemberton

Tom has many years’ experience of advising clients involved in the procurement, management, design and delivery of high profile building and infrastructure projects in the UK and internationally in the transport, energy, power, waste, process engineering, leisure, residential, retail and office accommodation sectors. He specialises in drafting and negotiating development agreements, construction contracts, professional appointments, collateral warranties, guarantees, bonds, direct agreements and other ancillary documentation. Tom works closely with clients to identify their objectives and the risks associated with the project, and takes a pragmatic approach to drafting and negotiating contract terms to support the achievement of a successful outcome. 

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