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Building standards housing champion appointed

Mon 27th January 2020, 11:58 am

A new champion for modern methods of construction has been appointed by the government to promote the UKs drive towards high standards of housing.

Mark Farmer, who has 30 years of experience in the construction sector, will provide independent scrutiny and advice to ministers on using the latest techniques to improve building standards. One of Farmer’s key tasks will be to develop a 'Construction Corridor' across the north of England, which will drive innovation in the building trade.

He will also act as an overseas ambassador to promote modern methods being used in UK homebuilding, seeking trade and investment opportunities. His appointment, by housing minister Esther McVey, comes after the government announced a £30m boost for ilke Homes to deliver a modern methods of construction factory to serve northern England.

Commenting on his appointment, Farmer said: "This is a really important time for the construction industry and there is an urgent need to rethink how we build homes, delivering better quality, improved safety, carbon reduction and an array of exciting new career opportunities. I look forward to working with both industry and Government to make sure we now accelerate the uptake of modern methods of construction."

McVey said: “I want to see modern methods of construction – the new gold standard of building - being used up and down the country to usher in a green housing revolution. That’s why it is such fantastic news that Mark Farmer has agreed to be our new MMC Champion – to really drive forward innovation, and to help the government deliver a new generation of green homes.”

One of the key features of MMC homes is they can be manufactured off-site, causing less disruption to the community and being able to be competed quickly and efficiently.

They have a reduced carbon footprint due to greater precision in the manufacturing process, and the production lines approach enables companies to take apprentices and train them on specific tasks irrespective of their work backgrounds. 

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