MFS are pleased to be an Offsite SECBE Awards 2020 finalist. The SECBE blog

The MFS i-Form Solution is Masonry Frame Systems‘ structural and component-based build method, incorporating floors, walls, roofs that are manufactured offsite and assembled onsite to form the complete structural envelope of a building. A platform approach to DfMA & MMC.

MFS was founded in 2004 and evolved into a specialist masonry frame contractor that builds the structural envelopes of buildings in a quick, efficient, cost-effective manner – using lean management, intelligent engineering critical path analysis and some of the latest Modern Methods of Construction. Following the influence of the 2016 Farmer review of the Construction Industry, they called their approach the ‘MFS i-Form Solution’.

The MFS i-Form Solution is a platform for DfMA approach to MMC that was developed in order to address challenges faced by the industry like:

  • Build more quickly and effectively
  • Reduce construction time and build costs
  • Improve productivity
  • Address the skills shortage and attract more newcomers
  • Ensure greater certainty of delivery
  • Reduce carbon footprint and build more sustainably

i-Form is split into 4 distinct approaches:

  • Design
  • Platform
  • Offsite Manufacture
  • Onsite Assembly

By applying more time and resource into the design, then determining which platforms are most suitable, the manufacturing process becomes more efficient and the actual works carried out on site are no more than an onsite assembly function, often carried out by less labour.

The i-Form platforms include the following:

The Xella GmbH Silka Element system – a semi-offsite 20N/mm2 strong element manufactured and delivered to site as a kit of parts, fixed together using thin joint mortar. This system is fully BIM compliant, with impressive fire resistance and acoustic performance – ideal for medium to high rise flats, apartments, care homes etc.

Precast concrete components – prestressed hollowcore floor planks, concrete landings & stairs, cantilevered balconies, thermal breaks and concrete back span slabs, Class 2B Disproportionate Collapse Solution.

Lissmac mini cranes – the installation of the Silka Element system is carried out by lifting and placing the elements by using a 110v version of the Lissmac LMK 400TFE. MFS requested that Lissmac developed and made a 110v version of their crane making it UK compliant.

The benefits of the MFS i-Form Solution:

  • Significantly overall quicker build times are achieved
  • Substantial improvements in productivity
  • Less need for skilled labour and attractive to young people
  • Consistent quality, lower defects, less shrinkage
  • Significantly cheaper and lower CO2 Emissions than RC Frame
  • All the benefits of traditional and greater flexibility than modular
  • Fully BIM compliant

SECBE People’s Choice Award >>

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Our Award Entry Highlights

Manufactured offsite to exacting specifications

Delivering concrete onsite benefits

Greater certainty of delivery

Environmentally friendly

Quicker build times – by up to 200%

20% lower overall construction cost

Quicker construction onsite

Structural build times can be halved

The use of large format blocks and small teams of 2-3, operating a mini-crane can complete the structural walls on a one-bed apartment in approx. six hours. See the Xella Challenge >>

Addresses the skills shortage

Less traditionally skilled labour required

A team of two MFS workers can complete the same volume of build as six traditional brick-layers.

Major health, safety, wellbeing advantages

As well as environmental benefits

The MFS i-Form Solution provides:

No cutting onsite as all elements are manufactured and formed offsite

No dust created as no cutting is required

No waste onsite

Zero manual handling due to the use of remote control mini-crane.