The Build Homes, Build Jobs, Build Innovation report called on the government to set a target for 75,000 homes a year to be of modular construction by 2030 – 25% of its overall target of 300,000 homes annually.
Mark Cooper, of Actis UK and Ireland, welcomed the establishment of a Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) Taskforce, (announced in the March 2021 budget), saying: “As well as enabling us to create more homes in less time, the fabric of the buildings means they can perform better thermally. The airtight envelope means they can consume less energy and leak less heat, and can thus help the UK reach its 2050 net zero carbon target. Because they are quicker to build – around 30% faster than their traditional counterparts – this also goes some way towards addressing the construction skills gap.”
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) programme, backed by £10m of seed funding, aims to accelerate the delivery of off-site homes across the UK and will work closely with local authorities.