Greener, more efficient homes from McCarthy Stone

New Modern Methods of Construction at pilot scheme in Hexham

16 Jun 2021

McCarthy Stone is embracing innovative Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) technologies at its new retirement development in Hexham with the aim of making homes more sustainable, efficient and affordable.

"The company is delighted to be at the forefront of this transformative time for the industry", says John Tonkiss, CEO of McCarthy Stone.

Over the years, McCarthy Stone has constructed most of its developments from traditional methods, primarily brick and blockwork, but in an innovative and eco-friendly step, the company has partnered with Sigmat, one of Europe's leading MMC manufacturers, for its pilot scheme Hewson Court in Hexham. The 23 one-bedroom and 20 two-bedroom apartment development is expected to be completed in September 2021.

MMC brings an array of benefits - The Hexham development uses a frame structure made from light-gauge steel in a controlled factory environment which arrives on site in a plug and play assembly. This has enabled construction deadlines too be consistently met and the building to be bone dry from the moment the roof is on. Construction has not only been faster, cutting build time by about 8 weeks compared to traditional methods, but also simpler and safer.

It looks like MMC is here to stay. Housing Minister Chris Pincher has declared that "MMC is a game-changing method of construction – it's vital we continue to bring new and innovative ideas to the table".

McCarthy Stone is committed to trial MMC schemes in all divisions across the country and has a target of producing 25% of their builds via MMC in future.

"Together we've sown the seed of a more sustainable, efficient and high-quality future" said John Tonkiss.