Buildoffsite MMC Conference #BuildingForImpact

26 January 2021

10.30am-2.30pm

Join us for our inaugural virtual conference focused on the offsite sector and the opportunities for Modern Methods of Construction. With awareness of MMC continuing to grow, and as the sector navigates the current pandemic, this conference will focus on the benefits that MMC brings to projects across multiple sectors.

Background

Buildoffsite’s inaugural virtual conference brings together emerging policy, strategy and practical approaches to meeting the challenges faced by Government, industry and supply chain. Focusing on MMC and offsite’s increasingly leading role in delivering vital infrastructure, housing and transport projects, the #buildingforimpact programme offers insight into the Client strategy, alongside opportunities to hear about the new ways industry is working to address old challenges.

BEIS will review The Construction Playbook, with insight into the focus on getting projects right from the start and how key policy changes will enable offsite. A briefing on the recently launched Smart Construction Network will outline how it enables easy engagement with experts in MMC for a range of businesses across industry. Systems engineering methodology will be shared to enable cross-industry improvements in the design and construction process. Additionally, a true showcase on how MMC is delivering permanent, positive transformation across sectors, and how we can steal the march on delivering Net Zero, and potentially negative, carbon targets. And last but most definitely not least, an opportunity to be among the first to hear the outcomes of a recent industry wide survey on offsite and the challenges and barriers to increased adoption.

Agenda

10:30 Welcome & Introduction to the mornings session

MMC at the centre of policy and strategy – planning for impact

Professor Tim Broyd, Head of Industry Foresight – Buildoffsite & Director of Institute for Digital Innovation in the Built Environment, UCL

10:35 Keynote: #BuildingForImpact & MMC’s role 

Sam Stacey, Challenge Director – Transforming Construction, Innovate UK

10:55 Aggregating & standardising for MMC adoption

Fergus Harradence, Deputy Director for Construction – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

  • MMC through The Construction Playbook lens

11:15 Tapping into the Smart Construction Network

Shelagh Grant, Chief Executive – The Housing Forum

  • Government, clients, major contractors, and their professional advisers are all working together to build a more modern, productive, and sustainable construction sector. To do this we all need to change, but to do that we need help. The Smart Construction Network supports the construction industry to make full use of digital technologies and industrialised manufacturing techniques to improve productivity, minimise whole life cost, improve sustainability and maximise user benefits.

11:25 Panel Session: MMC at the centre of policy and strategy – planning for impact

Chaired by Professor Tim Broyd, a chance to pose questions to this morning’s speakers and understand more about how Government driven initiatives and strategy are benefiting the sector.

11:50 Break

12:20 Welcome Back & Introduction to the afternoon’s session

How MMC can deliver Carbon Net Zero, innovative methodologies and practical approaches to meeting future challenges

Professor Tim Broyd, Head of Industry Foresight – Buildoffsite & Director of Institute for Digital Innovation in the Built Environment, UCL

12:25 Designing to Deliver

Nigel Fraser, Industry Advisor – Buildoffsite

Chris Millard, Head of Engineering Excellence – Laing O’Rourke

Tomas Garcia, Head of Civil Structures – High Speed Two (HS2)

Vince Fenson, Managing Director – Polypipe Offsite

Professor Jennifer Whyte, Director of the Centre for Systems Engineering & Innovation – Imperial College London

By taking a different approach to designing for MMC which focusses upon clear definition, verification and integration; significant improvements could be made in the design and construction process. This session will look at this methodology, and where it has been implemented successfully, with a view to enabling cross-industry improvements. This session will include a Q&A with the panel, chaired by Nigel Fraser.

13:05 Decarbonisation through quality

Lara Young, Group Carbon Manager – Costain

Gemma Smith, Managing Director – Homes by Strata

  • The construction industry is the biggest contributor to the UK’s carbon emissions. Government and industry strategy states that within the next five years both construction-related emissions and project delivery times must be halved. How can changes in offsite delivery meet and exceed these ambitious targets across residential, infrastructure and commercial projects?

13:40 Challenges for MMC and setting the scene for wider adoption

David Button, Senior Account Director – BECG

  • Following an industry wide survey in late 2020, hear the outcomes of this which will highlight the main challenges and barriers to increased adoption of MMC and begin to look at how the sector can find solutions to these.

13:50 Panel Session: MMC at the centre of policy and strategy – planning for impact

Chaired by Fareita Udoh, Buildoffsite an opportunity to pose questions to this afternoon’s speakers, and understand how carbon and other challenges facing the sector are being overcome with the use of MMC.

14:20 Closing Summary & Insights from the Day

Professor Tim Broyd, Head of Industry Foresight – Buildoffsite & Director of Institute for Digital Innovation in the Built Environment, UCL

Fees
Buildoffsite members:  Register here for free
CIRIA members:  £65 + VAT – Click here for further details on how to book or register
Non-members:  £90 + VAT – Click here for further details on how to book or register

If you are a Buildoffsite member experiencing issues registering for this event online please contact us on sara.kotsani@buildoffsite.com. CIRIA members and non-members please contact 020 7549 3300 or email enquiries@ciria.org.

This event will be held on Zoom, joining instructions will be sent 10 days before the event.

This event is CPD accredited.