Monday, January 26, 2015

Another English City Adopting Modular (not Pop Up) Housing for Redevelopment

Sandwell District, located north of Birmingham, England is to buying 41 sustainable ‘modular’ homes in Smethwick to boost its housing inventory of affordable housing.
The homes are being built by Mar City Homes Ltd using modular construction.

The local authority is set to buy 19 two-bed, 18 three-bed and 4 four-bedroom properties off-plan, with the reminder of the 142 modular homes being sold by the developer on the open market.

The modular system means the homes can be built far more quickly than the traditional ‘wet’ build system, producing new homes in weeks instead of months, the council says.

Made from the same high quality, enduring materials as regular houses, the homes are also more affordable, energy efficient and generate virtually zero-waste on site.

The properties are being built on the former Atlas Metals site in Cranford Street as part of a 142-home development.

Initial work to clear the site and prepare for the start of the build is already underway, with the council homes expected to be completed in summer 2015. The properties will be made available for rent to council tenants.

Tony Ryan, chief executive of Mar City Homes, said: "Mar City strongly believes modular construction is the future of UK housebuilding and we are delighted to showcase our innovative method through our partnership with Sandwell Council."

"We are committed to building homes that benefit people's lives and communities and we look forward to building a strong and lasting relationship with Sandwell Council. By employing modular technology, we are able to deliver economically and energy efficient homes."

1 comment:

Richardson inspector said...

It's a shame we don't see more modular home building here in the U.S. The advantages in construction quality and value are compelling; but for some reason this really hasn't caught on. In fact, many local regulations require stick-built houses. Very anachronistic.