​Why development rivalry among HAs could be limiting offsite construction

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Too many housing associations are reluctant to share information with development ‘rivals’ but trust and co-operation is vital to make MMC widespread in affordable housing, writes Jake Snell

A competitive culture is the norm in housing developm­­ent, but in social housing – where the focus is people, not profit - transparency and collaboration are vital.


Nowhere is this more important than offsite. Several decades ago, local authorities and housing associations tried to build homes in factories, and it didn’t end well. Modern methods of construction (MMC) gained a reputation for being risky, expensive, and fraught with maintenance headaches. Since then, most schemes have remained small scale.

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