Report: Funding and development of modular housing
A view from the private and public sectors
Trowers & Hamlins conducted a survey in August 2021 to gauge views on and experience with modern methods of construction (MMC) within both the public and the private housing sectors; and in particular how close are we to making full use of the most advanced forms of MMC, so called “Categories 1 and 2” from MHCLG’s MMC Definition Framework - 3D and 2D primary structural systems.
As part of a deeper dive into the topic, Trowers & Hamlins decided to follow-up its survey findings by conducting a series of roundtable discussions with representatives from across the industry, including registered housing providers, local authorities, private developers, house builders, manufacturers, funders, valuers, insurers and consultants.
The results of the survey and roundtables indicate a shift in thinking since Trowers & Hamlins’ last modular housing report in 2019 which is perhaps unsurprising given that report preceded the global Covid-19 pandemic that prompted so much re-evaluation of the way businesses and society was functioning.
The issues identified in our original report have not completely disappeared, but there has clearly been a significant shift in attitudes to the wider adoption of modular construction as an alternative to traditional building methods.