Saturday, 26 May 2012

The Use of Modern Methods of Construction in assisting to resolve the UK Social Housing Deficit

This research study will begin by examining the current structure of the social housing sector, in order to determine the required criteria and specifications set out by local government bodies, for the construction of social housing developments within the UK. It will then go on to critically appraise the MMC currently available within the UK housing industry. Finally, an investigation will be carried out as to what level MMCs are being used within the sector and with what success, to determine the potential of MMC for the production of social housing developments within the UK. The aim is to investigate the use of modern methods of construction (MMC) for the production of social housing developments within the UK in order to overcome the current and forecasted deficits.

The objectives of this research study are to:

1. Investigate social housing in the UK, with particular consideration to the required criteria and specifications set out by local government bodies for social housing developments.

2. Evaluate modern methods of construction (MMC) currently available within the UK construction industry, in order to identify the advantages and disadvantages they could offer social housing developments.

3. Identify the modern methods of construction currently used by Registered Social Landlords (RSL) to produce social housing developments and ascertain whether or not the advantages and disadvantages from objective 2 are being realised.

4. Find out the reason for slow and/or limited uptake of modern methods of construction (MMC) in social housing developments.


Chapter 1: Introduction
Dissertation Rationale
Research Aim
Research Objectives
Hypothesis
Outline Research Methodology
Dissertation Structure

Chapter 2: The UK Social Housing Sector
Introduction
Defining Social Housing
The UK Social Housing Deficit
Right to Buy
The Recession
Social Housing Providers
The Decent Homes Standard
Arm's Length Management Organisations
Housing Transfer
Private Finance Initiative
Results of the Decent Homes Standard
Conclusion

Chapter 3: Modern Methods of Construction
Introduction
Background to Modern Methods of Construction
Defining Modern Methods of Construction
'Off-site Manufactured – Volumetric' Construction
Potential Advantages of 'Off-site Manufactured – Volumetric' Construction
Potential Disadvantages of 'Off-site Manufactured – Volumetric' Construction
Off-site Manufactured – Panellised Construction
Potential Advantages of 'Off-site Manufactured – Panellised' Construction
Potential Disadvantages of 'Off-site Manufactured – Panellised' Construction
Off-site Manufactured – Hybrid Construction
Potential Advantages of 'Off-site Manufactured – Hybrid' Construction
Potential Disadvantages of 'Off-site Manufactured – Hybrid' Construction
Off-site Manufactured – Sub-assemblies and Components
Potential Advantages of 'Off-site Manufactured – Sub-assemblies and Components
Potential Disadvantages of 'Off-site Manufactured – Sub-assemblies and Components
Non Off-site Manufactured Modern Methods of Construction
Tunnel Form In-Situ Concrete
Insulating Formwork
Aircrete
Conclusion

Chapter 4: Research Methodology
Introduction
Refined Research
Research Aim
Research Strategy
Data Collection Techniques
Semi-Structured Online Questionnaire
Respondents
Pilot Study
Data Collection & Analysis

Chapter 5: Data Collection & Analysis
Introduction
Justification for Questions Asked
Analysis of Questionnaire Results
Discussion of Findings

Chapter 6: Conclusions, Recommendations & Limitations
Introduction
Summary
Conclusions
Industry Recommendations
Limitations
Further Study Recommendations

References

Appendices


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