The three-year Advanced Industrialised Methods for the Construction of Homes (AIMCH) project aims to tackle all the challenges the housing sector currently faces including skills shortages, an ageing workforce, poor productivity, low output and low affordability while also becoming a major player in the housing sector by identifying and developing industrialised offsite solutions needed to meet current and future house building demands.
Oliver Novakovic, Technical Innovation Director, Barratt Developments PLC:
"AIMCH is about industrialising housebuilding, that’s the core aim of it. It is very much about looking at modern methods of construction (MMC), down to its core. From looking at the basics to the more complicated and really getting an understanding of how we can apply it. AIMCH is so important as we are going to get an understanding of what offsite really means…"
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Stewart Dalgarno, AIMCH Project Director and Director of Product Development at Stewart Milne Group said:
We need tens of thousands of new homes across the UK every year, but it’s also vital that these new homes are of a higher quality, leading to increased customer satisfaction and improved building performance. Digital working and industrialised offsite construction can be part of the solution, but they have not yet broken through as viable mainstream alternatives to traditional methods of building homes.
AIMCH's ambition is to use industrialisation to transform how we build our homes in the UK, leading to more homes that can be built quickly and viably. We believe it will be the catalyst the housing sector needs to move towards advanced digital integrated manufacturing, whilst overcoming the challenges that stand between the sector today and where it needs to go in the future.”
Mike Pitts, Deputy Challenge Director – Transforming Construction at Innovate UK said:
“We are excited about the possibilities of this project, which we hope will be a game-changer for the housing sector. The partners are experienced innovators and offer scale to showcase a world-leading solution. It brings CSIC and MTC’s innovation and industrialisation capability together with high profile housing and offsite manufacturing providers, who provide scale and a clear route to market. It has the potential to deliver wider sector benefits in terms of jobs, investment and growth.”