Seismic II to shake up MMC with our members blacc & Tata Steel

Constructing Excellence

The consortium-led Seismic II project is working on the future of construction for schools and healthcare facilities. It is a logical development of Seismic I project with the impressive results on light steel standardisation. The Consortium includes 6 renown companies, covering all areas of the construction process. Two of them – blacc & Tata Steel – are  highly respected long-term members of Constructing Excellence.

Among a range of outcomes, the UKRI-funded project via the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund will create a wider set of standardised reconfigurable components, working closely with the Construction Innovation Hub to align platform interface standards. These components will reduce waste, cost and carbon dioxide emissions while increasing speed of delivery.  

The £6m project has been granted additional £2.9m of funding to showcase the future of modern methods of construction (MMC) in the UK.  

The original Seismic I Project showed how a standardised light steel frame could change the way new schools were designed and constructed. With additional funding the system will encompass the production of wall, floor, ceiling and roof components that are all completely interoperable with the standardised light steel frame. 

Seismic II will also look at the whole life performance of the buildings produced that way to reduce the construction costs and whole life costs of buildings by a third, while seeing those same buildings delivered in half the time and with a 50% reduction in carbon emissions from the sector. Centred around MMC – a digital approach to design, production and operation – the platform will use linked data from start to finish to best match the design intent, perform as expected, and can be managed efficiently throughout its life. The completed demonstrator building will be a template for high performance buildings of all types, delivered using high quality, reliable, standardised components. 

MMC (Modern Method of Construction) is an important part of Constructing Excellence movement to stimulate, debate and drive much needed change in the construction sector through innovation and collaboration. Join us now to influence the industry outcomes as well as create environmental and social value in the process or contact [email protected] to ask a question..