The nation’s builders will be hard-pressed to hit the UK Government’s target of 300,000 new houses a year. With ambitious goals like these, there’s more demand than ever for innovative building methods that combine efficiency with quality.
If you’re in the construction sphere, then you might have heard the term “modern methods of construction” (MMC) used. Yet there are so many different building processes included in this category. For this reason, it can be difficult to get a gauge of what it actually refers to.
With that in mind, we’ve written this short guide. But before diving into any particular processes, it’s worth noting that no modern building site is complete without up-to-date health and safety measures in check.
Before beginning work, always ensure that you have essential building safety equipment such as Hi-Viz vests and hard hats, and ensure that your processes comply with government construction industry regulations.
Now, just what are the modern construction methods used in the UK today?
Modern construction methods
There are many modern methods that construction workers use to build today’s houses. Here are some quick explanations of the methods that you’re most likely to see.
- 3D volumetric construction: Also known as modular construction, this refers to the construction of units in a controlled environment such as a warehouse or factory, followed by transportation to the building site. The units made can range from bases and foundations all the way to internal walls and other finishing pieces.
- Timber frames: This method uses a set of timber frames made off-site to create an initial structure that can then be filled with other materials. It’s a sustainable method that uses renewable materials and offers flexibility in the construction process.
- Precast panels: Floor and wall units are made off-site and then erected on-site. This way solid structures are made quickly and accurately using a process that’s ideal for repetitive projects.
- Twin wall technology: In this method, two premade walls are joined and reinforced with concrete. It’s a quick and economical process that can also be used to join walls and floors.
- Brick and block: Many houses have walls that are built in two parts: an internal blockwork wall and an external brick wall. Together, these hold up the structure of the house. This method is one of the least expensive available.
- Flat Slab Construction: By placing flat slabs of concrete before reinforcing them with concrete columns, removing the need for beams, builders get a method that offers them layout flexibility that also reduces the time needed for construction.
There’s a wide range of MMC techniques in the UK. Which do you think builds the best houses? Share your thoughts in the comments section!