29 November 2017: 5:56 pm
Swan to roll out modular housing
Swan Housing Association is on track to deliver the second consignment of its specially engineered modular housing to its Basildon development site in December.
The first batch of cross-laminated timber (CLT) modular homes was delivered to its Beechwood site by its own factory in Basildon under its 'NU build' brand, at the end of October, only ten months after taking the keys to the factory.
The housing association was also recognised for its Best Approach to Modular Construction at the Inside Housing Development Awards ceremony on Monday, for the project.
The judges praised Swan for funding and setting up a £3 million factory in the borough to produce 300-400 modular homes per year, which are energy efficient, quick to assemble and can be fully customised by owners prior to building.
Initially these homes will be at Beechwood, as part of Swan's regeneration project of the former Craylands Estate, which is being delivered in partnership with the council and the Homes and Communities Agency.
Geoff Pearce, executive director of development and regeneration at Swan, credited the speed at which the project is progressing to its in-house construction team: "We are convinced that this method will enable us to deliver modern high-quality homes that people will want to live in, whilst supporting the economy in our core geographical base, building local and national expertise in manufacturing and supporting the UK modular industry."