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New platform-based approach to construction

With the UK government pushing for platform-based construction solutions, a new demonstrator building offers a glimpse of the future.

 The Seismic demonstrator is the culmination of a four-year project developed by a consortium comprising consultancy blacc, offsite manufacturers McAvoy and Algeco formerly known as the Elliott Group, Tata Steel, the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), the National Composite Centre (NCC) and Specific (part of Swansea University).

Designed in line with the government’s Construction 2025 targets, it exceeds them in every way, delivering a building that is 75% faster to complete, 70% lower in carbon impact and 47% better value than traditional construction.

One of […]

By |24th March 2022|

5G Enabled Dynamic Network Capacity Manager Press Release

Capacity Manager – blacc, Immense, Elgin, University of Warwick, and O2


Transport authorities, such as Transport for West Midlands, increasingly need a step change in capability to make more effective decisions around managing their road network.

Understanding the available capacity on the road network in near real-time, including the impact of events, incidents and roadworks, is key to managing congestion and journey time reliability.

Unlike public transport operators, who have access to data on seat availability on trains and buses, allowing for the accurate estimates for future demand and availability, there is no such tool for operators across the road network. Therefore, it […]

By |23rd October 2020|

West Midlands 5G and Transport for West Midlands pioneer revolutionary new transport projects

– Consortiums to launch 5G-enabled road and rail transport trials across the West Midlands –

– Share of £2.4 million fund has been awarded to develop new products and services –

Following a successful funding competition, West Midlands 5G Limited (WM5G) is investing £2.4 million in seven UK-based consortiums to support the development of new products and services to transform transport across the region.

The funding competition’s first phase will deliver exciting innovation projects that – if successful – will either provide a use case to improve road and rail operational efficiency, provide […]

By |30th September 2020|


Seismic II has been selected as one of the UK’s key demonstration projects in offsite construction.

It represents an important milestone in the industry’s journey towards Modern Methods of Construction (MMC).

The project aims to prove that using standardised, mass-produced components delivers high quality, high performing buildings at better value. The consortium is 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.

We are focusing at first on the healthcare and education sectors, showing how hospitals and schools can be delivered more efficiently. But the […]

By |17th August 2020|

SEISMIC CONSORTIUM – New consortium launched to pioneer greater use of offsite construction for primary schools


The results of a pioneering new consortium which set out to transform the way primary schools are designed, procured and built have been unveiled at a launch event in London and have been hailed as a trailblazer for transforming construction.

Two key innovations have now been unveiled by the Seismic Consortium – an innovative open source app for the design of primary schools and a universal connection solution and standardised structural frame for schools built offsite.The framing system has the potential to reduce carbon emissions for a […]

By |11th July 2019|

The housing crisis can be solved – but only through modern methods of construction

We all know Britain faces a housing crisis, yet few people have any confidence the challenge can be met. I am not one of them, because I firmly believe the colossal market failure in housing can be reversed, provided that we rethink how we procure and construct houses. The key to that is harnessing the power of modern methods of construction, also known as MMC.

Perhaps my confidence is misplaced? After all, if anything, the goal of owning a home or even renting one for a fair price is receding further into the distance for the younger generation.

Successive governments have failed […]

By |23rd April 2019|