The Government’s Housing and Planning Minister, Gavin Barwell MP, visited JV North member Liverpool Mutual Homes’ (LMH) modular home scheme in Belle Vale today.
The development of 33 two and three bedroom homes built offsite is thought to be the one of the largest of its kind by a social housing landlord in the UK.
Made offsite in specialist factory conditions, the homes were then delivered to the Naylorsfield Drive site and craned into place.
Ground floors, upper floors and roofs were constructed in sequence before utility supplies were connected and interiors fitted out.
All homes provide higher than usual energy efficiency to help cut tenants’ fuel bills. Properties enjoy south facing, landscaped gardens and private driveways.
The £3.5m project was part-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency’s (HCA) 2015/18 Affordable Homes Programme.
LMH bid for funding via JV North, a consortium of nine other housing associations.
Together they provide economies of scale to deliver social housing with grant funding from the HCA.
Since 2007, JV North members have built over 2,440 homes – the equivalent of one home every working day.
Housing and Planning Minister, Gavin Barwell, said: “Offsite construction provides a huge opportunity to increase housing supply and we want to see more innovation like this across the housebuilding sector.
“And this development at Belle Vale is a fantastic example of what can be achieved.
“Our £3 billion Home Building Fund will provide loans to support more offsite construction, small firms and custom builders, creating thousands of new homes and jobs in the process.”
Steve Coffey, Chief Executive at Liverpool Mutual Homes, said: “This is the first time we have carried out a scheme building homes off-site and the results are tremendous.
“The quality is second to none as the majority of each home has been built in a controlled indoor environment and not exposed to the wet weather we endured last winter.
“It has great potential, not just for our tenants but also the country as a whole.
“If this type of construction method can be rolled out on a large scale, we could speed up the entire housing building process significantly.
“Given the national housing shortage, landlords and developers have a duty to look at alternative methods to build homes more efficiently.”
JV North Chairman, Nigel Wilson, said: “This is the second scheme a JV North member has delivered alongside the HCA that uses modern methods of construction.
“It demonstrates once again the commitment the consortium has to innovating in order to deliver much-needed new homes in our communities.”
PHOTOGRAPH: Left to right: LMH Chief Executive, Steve Coffey with Gavin Barwell MP and LMH’s Development Director, Chris Bowen, at Naylorsfield Drive.