The new build team in Wiltshire Council has committed to build 100 new council houses every year for the next ten years. To meet this commitment and to assure quality, reduce maintenance costs and, importantly, improve the sustainability of our new build homes Wiltshire Council were keen to explore the possibility of using MMC.
Christine Brown, Residential Development Project Manager for Wiltshire Council outlines the main barriers the council faced as:
- Being new to MMC, we had no established relationships in the sector
- We had our own standard house types; did we want these translated into MMC accruing significant design costs, or would we buy designs “off the peg”?
- The volume required and the price of MMC meant a potentially lengthy and complex local government procurement process
After researching several MMC producers, Wiltshire Council were drawn to a relatively small local provider with a track record of working successfully with the MOD – Rollalong. The proximity of their factory meant lower “lorry miles”, reducing the carbon footprint of the delivery.
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