Friday, April 17, 2020

Pandemic Shuts Down England’s Huge L&G’s Modular Factory

England's L&G has temporarily shut its modular housing factory in response to the coronavirus crisis.

A spokesperson for L&G Modular said its factory at Sherburn-in-Elmet near Leeds, designed to produce 3,500-homes a year, was “currently not operational”, although other work at the business was continuing.

The news follows the decision by Urban Splash last month to mothball its modular housing operation after chief executive Tom Bloxham decided operations could not continue safely in the light of government guidance on social distancing.

L&G set up the 550,000 sq ft factory in 2016 and originally said the first homes would be rolling off the production line by June that year. But the factory has mainly produced house prototypes since, though it did deliver eight homes for Silva Homes in Berkshire.

L&G Modular and Urban Splash are among the first of the new generation of offsite housebuilding firms to have given any insight into the impact of covid-19 on their operations. Rivals such as Ilke Homes and Vision Modular Systems have so far declined to comment when asked if operations are continuing during lockdown.

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