The £6.5m R&D project, known as Advanced Industrialised Methods for the Construction of Homes (AIMCH), is a collaboration between Stewart Milne Group, Barratt Developments PLC, London & Quadrant Housing Trust Ltd, Tarmac, the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) and Forster Roofing Services Ltd. The project will be managed by Limberger Associates.
Barratt Developments PLC
Industry Partner - Private Housing
As the UK’s largest housebuilder Barratt is leading the industry with its adoption of modern methods of construction and offsite production. This leadership position is based on the breadth of technologies it is actively trialling and the strength of its supply chain relationships. The move to embrace offsite and MMC technology is also based on helping to address the long term skills shortages that are evident right across the UK housing sector
Barratt Developments plc sold 17,579 homes in the year to June 2018, making it the biggest housebuilder by volume in Britain. Over the past six years Barratt Group has increased its housing output by more than 40% - building more of the homes the country needs. Barratt is committed to building quality homes and this year received more NHBC Pride in the Job awards than any other housebuilder and retained its HBF 5 star rating for customer satisfaction for 9 years in a row.
Construction Scotland Innovation Centre
Research & Dissemination Partner
CSIC supports Scotland’s construction related businesses to innovate, collaborate and grow by matching innovation requirements with business support and academic specialists. Focusing on innovation support around Business models, Products, Processes and Service models, CSIC offers advice, funding, facilitation and access to cutting edge equipment and expertise, improving Scotland’s global competitiveness and delivering social, environmental and economic impact. CSIC facilitates collaboration with Scottish businesses, academia (through 13 partner universities) and public sector organisations, enabling projects to benefit from Scotland’s world renowned skills and expertise in areas such as BIM, Advanced Materials, Automation and Robotics, Low Carbon Solutions, Virtual and Augmented Reality and Smart Cities.
Industry Partner – SME Sub contractor
Part of the Forster Group, Forster Roofing is Scotland’s largest integrated roofing and solar company, covering one-in-five new homes in Scotland. Recognised for its innovative approach and commitment to excellence, Forster work extensively with Industry and Government bodies to raise standards and drive change. Recognised for its work in areas like skills, training and education, where the Forster Skills Academy is bringing a new perspective to Construction Apprenticeships. At Forster, innovation sits at the heart of a strategic approach to sustainable, long-term growth, and the search for solutions to industry challenges, including quality, productivity and an integrated low carbon energy future.
London & Quadrant Housing Trust Ltd
Industry Partner – social housing
L&Q is a regulated housing association and one of the UK’s most successful social businesses. We house around 250,000 people in 92,000 homes, primarily across London and the South East. As a not-for-profit organisation, we reinvest all the money we make into new and existing homes, creating successful communities and providing excellent services.
We will tackle the housing crisis by building 100,000 new homes over ten years. At least 50% of these will be genuinely affordable, with a target of 60% in London. We invest in a £250 million community Foundation and £5 million a year skills academy to build opportunity and confidence in our communities.
Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)
Lead Research Partner
The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) is an independent Research & Technology Organisation that develops and proves innovative manufacturing processes and technologies in an agile, low risk environment, in partnership with industry, academia and other institutions. With a proven track record working with a range of sectors including defence and aerospace, the MTC has now established a position supporting change in the construction sector. The MTC operates some of the most advanced manufacturing equipment in the world, and employs a team of highly skilled engineers, many of whom are leading experts in their field. This creates a high quality environment for the development and demonstration of new processes and technologies on an industrial scale. The MTC is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, supported by Innovate UK, and is also in partnerships with BRE (Building Research Establishment) and the Centre for Digital Built Britain to deliver the Construction Innovation Hub for the sector as part of the ISCF Transforming Construction programme. MTC’s breadth of experience and appreciation of the challenges in the construction sector make them a perfect R&D partner for AIMCH.
Stewart Milne Group
Lead Industry Partner – Housing & OSM Supply Chain
Stewart Milne Group (Lead Industry Partner – Housing & OSM Supply Chain) SMG is a independent medium size house builder and the UK’s largest offsite timber frame specialist with award winning housing innovation. SMG develops 1,000 homes and provides 7,500 offsite timber frame homes for 3rd party clients. SMG seeks to innovate through digital working, advanced manufacturing and offsite construction, doubling output for internal and external housing clients.
Industry Partner – OSM Supply Chain
Tarmac, a CRH company, is the UK’s leading sustainable building materials and construction solutions business. It combines the knowledge and expertise of two of the construction industry’s most iconic brands: Tarmac, the pioneers of the modern road and Blue Circle, the company that patented Portland Cement. The company's innovative products and solutions not only safely deliver the infrastructure needed to grow the UK economy today but also help to create a more sustainable built environment for the country’s long term future. Tarmac has contributed to some of the UK’s biggest construction projects, including The Sainsbury Laboratory, Wembley Stadium, Heathrow Terminal 5, Blackpool Sea Defences, The Shard and London 2012. With over 150 years of experience Tarmac directly employs around 8,000 people across a nationwide network of over 400 sites. Its solutions span aggregates, asphalt, cement, lime, readymix concrete, offsite manufacture, road contracting, highways maintenance and infrastructure services and building products.