HLM continues to push for greater innovation within our industry. We do not innovate for innovation’s sake. Instead, we innovate as a priority, and HLM_RaD, our innovation and research initiative underpins our work here.
Recently promoted to Head of MMC Delivery, Anne is fundamental in leading the company’s progress in innovation and especially within the Platform Design for Manufacture and Assembly (P-DfMA) arena, positioning HLM at the forefront of many innovative MMC initiatives. She has an in-depth knowledge of MMC, from both a technical and strategic point of view, and has led several research and development projects, in particular within ‘Platform Design for Manufacture and Assembly’
Anne’s most recent projects include The Demonstrator where she worked in collaboration with Laing O’Rourke (LO’R) to create a ‘Demonstrator’ platform for the education and residential sectors to ‘standardise the invisible and customise the visible.’ Anne worked with the LO’R team to develop and standardise the component kit-of-parts as well as the interface details in the platform to ensure technical compliance. Each component part was designed iteratively to incorporate innovations throughout the process. The aim was to allow for the most customisation within the fewest number of components and standardised interfaces possible. Anne’s perspective as an architect in both the residential and education sectors brought key knowledge to the component development. Her input drove the incorporation of design choice with manufacturing and assembly standardisation, while meeting sector-specific technical requirements. The platform kit-of-parts incorporates 12 components, each with their own product innovations, incorporating design configuration choices, to form a platform capable of accommodating a school or residential flats with variations in both internal layout and external façade design. The platform was built as a demonstrator containing a typical classroom and 1 bedroom flat, and has been shortlisted for the AJ100 Innovation of the Year Award.
Anne’s shortlisting recognises her innovative and progressive thinking driving HLM’s ambition to be recognised innovators. Commenting on her shortlisting, Technology Director, Marcus Earnshaw said, “I’m delighted that Anne has been shortlisted in the British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA) Industry’s Innovation Champion category. Anne’s involvement in the development of digital tools and design guides for architects both at HLM and for industry partners is advancing the transformation of the architectural design portion of the MMC equation. The effect of each intervention is clearly making a difference; the sum total is exceptional.”