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AIMCH supplier sandpit challenge

AIMCH is inviting industry to submit solutions for potential future trials

The AIMCH supplier sandpit challenge is inviting industry to submit their technically and commercially promising products and systems to be assessed for potential future trials. Suppliers can apply now and will be invited to a workshop to present their product or system in further detail if successful. The supplier sandpit workshops will be conducted by one of three AIMCH partners: L&Q, Stewart Milne Group or Barratt Developments. 

The Challenges

The sandpit challenges have been identified as areas of interest across the AIMCH partners as addressing the future needs of the industry. The partners are looking for near to market solutions that are scalable and can be implemented in the near future.

  • Challenge 1: Advanced MMC Solutions

    AIMCH are looking for potential MMC products or systems that would improve areas such as productivity, resource, waste and quality to deliver homes more reliable and at a lower cost. The product or system would need to demonstrate volume procurement benefits from driving out non-value adding processes, improving productivity and delivery certainty, through being able to build a weathertight superstructure in one day, through near to market, scalable, technically robust/proven and commercially viable solutions, to complement the partner’s current housing designs and easily implemented into current operations.

    Potential areas for solutions can be, but are not limited to, the following:
    • External cladding
    • Scaffoldless erect panelised system
    • Modular roof/Lightweight tiling
    • Lightweight/brick cladding system
    • Fabric efficiency
  • Challenge 2: Standardisation Solutions

    AIMCH are seeking volume procurement benefits from standardised product families and components, relating to near to market, scalable, technically robust/proven and commercially viable solutions, to complement the partner’s current housing designs and easily implemented into current operations.

    Potential areas for solutions can be, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Modular stairs
    • Bathroom pods
    • Windows and doors
    • Preformed services
  • Challenge 3: Zero Carbon Solutions

    AIMCH are seeking products or systems that would help the journey towards Net Zero Carbon. AIMCH would be looking for any technology and/or material that would improve the thermal efficiency, reduce embodied carbon and assist in the target of a 100% carbon reduction for our homes. The solutions can be MEP or MMC focussed, however they must be commercially viable and adaptable to the partner’s current housing range.

    Potential areas for solutions can be, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Renewable technologies
    • Low carbon technologies
    • High performing insulating materials
    • Replacement for gas services

The benefits 

This is an exciting opportunity to participate in the AIMCH project and: 

  • Showcase your product, system or solution to AIMCH partners
  • Present and participate at a workshop
  • Collaborate with AIMCH partners in regards to the possible future trial of your product or system
How to get involved

The process

  • Applicants should complete and return the form below before closing date
  • Applications will then be processed and shortlisted by the relevant AIMCH partner
  • Successful applications will then be contacted and asked to present their solution at a sandpit workshop to scope potential for further collaboration

Suppliers can apply to participate in the supplier sandpit challenge by completing the form here. This includes briefly describing your product or system and what you expect to get from the workshop. Please return this form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

All responses will be assessed by the AIMCH partners and the relevant companies will be contacted and invited to a workshop to present their product/system in further detail.

SUBMIT TO THE CHALLENGE

Download the application form here