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Housing association Bromford has been given the green light to build six modular homes on the site of a former garage in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire.
The two-bedroom homes, which will be available for rent once
completed, will use Totally Modular’s 2B4P architectural design and will be
constructed offsite at Totally Modular’s West Midlands factory before being
assembled on site.
It is the first time Bromford has used modular construction.
In addition to being built offsite, the homes will feature solar panels and
battery storage system from Pure Drive Energy and a Daikin Altherma HPC heating
and hot water system, as well as charging points for electric cars
John Connolly, managing director from Totally Modular said:
“Having worked on this project for the last 3 years and to finally see the
planned development crossing the starting line, it will be a big relief to all
stakeholders involved. Albeit most forward thinking registered social landlords
have an aspiration to introduce a modular offering into their development
plans, very few have committed to implementing the model as most prefer to
study the process of evolution related to this form of delivery with an
expectation of the success and benefits this technology offers before they
commit themselves. Fortunately, there are enough pioneers within Bromford that
have been prepared to rise above what many individuals perceive as the risks of
embracing change and have kept their eye on the goal!
“In a collaborative effort and having overcome the many
challenges they have faced, the team have stayed true to the objectives of
intending to deliver a superior eco energy efficient housing solution, better,
quicker and at cost neutral position when compared against traditional
constructional methods. This outcome can only benefit the nation’s need of
building more homes for an ever increasing population that will depend on a
living environment that offers safe, future proof and socially beneficial
features, which in times such as now, will shape the future for generations to
Michael Craggs, development and asset management innovation
lead at Bromford, said: “We’re delighted to have got the go-ahead for these new
homes in Winchcombe. We’ve been researching modern methods of construction for
some time and have been looking for an opportunity to put them into practice.
We’ve been working with our partners at Totally Modular and GSSArchitecture as
well as Tewkesbury Borough Council to put these plans together.
“These homes will be a first for us, but offsite
construction is something we are keen to expand as we increase the number of
new homes we build every year. Our goal is to build 12,000 homes by 2028 and by
2023 we want to be incorporating at least 250 homes a year from factories, like
these ones we’re building in Winchcombe.
Work is expected to start on site in September, with
customers expected to move into the new homes in early 2021.