Modern methods of construction : implications for asset management in the RSL sector

Kempton, JA 2009, 'Modern methods of construction : implications for asset management in the RSL sector' , Structural Survey, 27 (1) , pp. 36-45.

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present the current drive for 3 million new homes by 2020. The delivery of this number of homes is a challenge for the house building industry and its associated stakeholders such as local authorities, registered social landlords (RSLs) and others. One mechanism proposed to ensure delivery is the use of modern methods of construction (MMC). There are, however, several problems with this premise including the legacy of non-traditional housing formats employed in the past, demand side suspicion of MMC, and a lack of capacity on the supply side. The paper concentrates on the implications of MMC in the RSL sector – particularly the potential impacts of MMC on asset management (long-term maintenance) of RSL housing stock. Design/methodology/approach – A literature review and interviews with key RSL personnel are used to inform the discussion contained in this paper. Findings – Seven overall themes emerged from the research, pointing to the main issues that need to be addressed if MMC housing is to be successfully employed in the RSL sector, while also ensuring that asset management is able to carry out its long term maintenance programmes in an effective and efficient manner. Originality/value – Little previous research has been located on the subject of MMC and its specific impacts on RSL asset management operations. The research should therefore be of interest to a broad range of people, including asset managers and surveyors, developers, planners, and local, regional and national policy makers.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments
Journal or Publication Title: Structural Survey
Publisher: Emerald
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0263-080X
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: JA Kempton
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2013 14:44
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 23:03

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