JV North member starts modular scheme

JV NorthNews

JV North member Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH) has started a modular homes scheme as part of the HCA’s 2015/18 Affordable Homes Programme.

LMH Modular Homes

After receiving planning permission, LMH is now preparing land for 33 new homes to be craned into place once they have been built off-site.

The £3.5million scheme is being built on vacant land in Naylorsfield Drive, Belle Vale.

Of the 33 homes, 21 will have two-bedrooms and 12 will be three-bedroom properties.

The modular homes will be built off-site in specialist factory conditions and delivered in stages with ground floors, upper floors and roofs craned into place.

They will reach Level Four of the Code for Sustainable Homes providing higher than usual energy efficiency heating and insulation standards.

Steve Coffey, Chief Executive at Liverpool Mutual Homes, said: “The demand for good quality affordable housing continues to grow nationally and is magnified in Liverpool.

“Therefore we need to explore ways of speeding up the process.

“Building off-site means we are not affected by bad weather, the quality can be controlled better and there’s less disruption for the local community.

“We expect this scheme will save us significant time compared to building the homes in the traditional way. Reducing build times also reduces costs.

“If successful in terms of better quality and quicker turnaround, it is something we will look at for future developments – the more homes we can offer residents and the quicker we can do it, the better.

“Many housing associations are now looking into modular build construction as an alternative to traditional ways of building.

“Modular built homes offer the same quality as other forms of building and they can be more cost-effective.

“Through this scheme, LMH is leading the way in testing new products and new technologies.”

JV North Chairman, Nigel Wilson, said: “This is the second scheme a JV North member has carried out that uses modern methods of construction.

“Last year New Charter Housing Trust delivered a very successful pilot project and this demonstrates once again the commitment the consortium has to innovating in order to deliver much-needed new homes in our communities.”

The homes will enjoy south facing, landscaped gardens and private driveways for parking.

They are expected to be ready by the end of the year.