The first precision-engineered modular homes to be built at Swan Housing Association’s offsite factory have been delivered to the Craylands Estate in Basildon, Essex.
The factory, which Swan took the keys to in January, will produce 300-400 modular homes per year, 560 of which, will be used in the latest phase of the regeneration of the estate.
Built using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), the homes are being delivered by Swan’s in-house developer, NU living under their ‘NU build’ brand.
Although when complete the homes will be indistinguishable from traditionally built homes, they will be greener, more sustainable, cheaper to heat, and come with a 10-year guarantee and 60-year quality assurance.
Swan is not relying on additional or foreign investment and is funding the factory set-up, the on-going costs and the production of the homes from the budget for their redevelopment of the Craylands estate. Even when allowing for these costs, they believe they can make savings against traditional construction and deliver completed homes to site 50% quicker than traditional construction methods.
John Synnuck, Swan’s chief executive, said: “At Swan we understand the desperate need for quality new homes. We believe that off-site construction methods will enable us to deliver these much-needed homes quickly, designed to a high specification and with reduced impact on both local residents and the environment. We are not only excited to be early adopters in the UK of this new way of working, but to see the first of our modules delivered to site, is not only exciting, but a great step towards helping deliver more homes, more quickly.”
Geoff Pearce, executive director of development and regeneration, added: “I am thrilled to have seen the first of our homes delivered to site today. Swan is truly committed to delivering innovation. Off-site construction is commonly used overseas and the homes are indistinguishable from ones that are built using more traditional methods. We already have our own in-house skilled construction team and so, as both the constructor and developer of the homes, we are perfectly placed to manage the process of building homes off-site efficiently and to the highest standards. 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.”