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25th May 2020

Creating a Modern Methods of Construction supply chain to boost the North East Wales economy

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Wrexham County Borough Council is looking to use innovative construction techniques to develop its first social housing projects in nearly three decades.

Urban Foresight is advising Wrexham Council on the best modern methods of construction (MMC) to use and how to procure these, as part of the Welsh Government Foundational Economy Challenge Fund.

Starting in Spring 2020 we will be creating a MMC briefing paper and assessing the capabilities of local suppliers before producing a procurement strategy in Autumn this year.

Wrexham Council aims to stimulate economic growth by building the capabilities and competitiveness of the local supply chain through MMC. This will be achieved by working with suppliers to expand and develop new skills as they adopt innovative construction methods.

Employing modern methods of construction will deliver quality homes efficiently and effectively across the borough.

Urban Foresight’s expertise in developing national, local and regional strategies to accelerate economic growth in emerging sectors and innovative technologies mean it is uniquely positioned to support Wrexham Council.

Urban Foresight has previously worked on construction innovation projects supporting the creation of the London Innovation Gateway and applying smart city principles to the London’s New Town, Thamesmead.

Senior Consultant Sam Nair says: “Innovation, sustainability, and local economic growth are at the heart of Urban Foresight’s mission, so this is an exciting project to be involved with. The Covid-19 crisis began after we had started this project and we are passionate to ensure that investment in large-scale MMC development plays a part in the region’s economic recovery. Our aim is to deliver positive economic, social and environmental outcomes with a lasting impact for Wrexham, the local economy and future generations.”

Our work with Wrexham Council will add to our track record of supporting low carbon infrastructure delivery across Wales.

 

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