As reported by online construction platform The Construction Index, L&Q’s product innovation team projects that by 2025 all of its new homes will be built using MMC, a term that encompasses component kits to bathroom pods to complete prefabrication.
March 2019 sees L&Q launch its first range of prefabricated product designs including bathroom units and balconies, which will go into production in 2020. Later in northern hemisphere spring this year, the company plans to build its first offsite manufactured homes outside London. By 2025, all new builds will feature some aspect of MMC. L&Q plans to place its first entirely prefabricated home on site by 2028.
Meanwhile L&Q has already made a commitment to deliver 100,000 new homes with partners over the next 10 years. L&Q group director of development Fiona Fletcher-Smith indicated that the move towards MMC solutions was necessary to achieve large volumes of building, while still maintaining quality,
“Some people get nervous when they hear a part of their home has been built in a factory. But it actually guarantees better quality, because these are better environments for assembling and building in than the harsh outdoor climate. Ultimately, we believe this will be better for our customers. Their homes will be better quality, more cost effective, built faster whilst still holding the benefits of traditionally built homes.”■