Lincolnshire residents are set to benefit from 14 new social homes following the completion of an innovative £2.1 million modular housing scheme.
Midlands contractor G F Tomlinson has delivered two modular housing developments for South Kesteven District Council in Grantham, a first for the area which will help boost the council’s social housing stock.
The homes were delivered for the council through public sector procurement specialist Scape Group’s Regional Construction Framework.
Construction began on the two developments, at Kinoulton Court and Earlesfield Lane, late last year and the new homes were completed this summer.
Cllr Robert Reid, cabinet member for housing and planning on South Kesteven District Council, said: “We are building new homes in a range of different ways and the modular housing project is unique for us in that it has not been a traditional on-site build.
“These are ambitious new-style developments providing homes for those who need them most and I am delighted to say both modular housing plots are fully occupied. We are creating a better quality of life for our residents, which is part of our vision for the future of this district.”
Both developments were built on sites that needed clearing – Earlesfield Lane on a small car park, and Kinoulton Court on underutilised land.
The Earlesfield Lane development comprises of four one-bedroom semi-detached apartments, while the Kinoulton Court development is made up of 10 one-bedroom apartments split over two blocks: one four-apartment block and one six-apartment block.
Modular homes are becoming a more popular housing option as they are cheaper, quicker to build, and are more environmentally friendly than homes built using conventional methods.
The 14 homes were delivered by lorry to their respective sites and fitted onto prepared foundations including functioning pipe works and electrics before they were roofed and cladded on site.
It is estimated that building the homes in this way saved 10 weeks of time on the scheme compared to traditional construction methods.
Craig Stopper, framework manager at G F Tomlinson, said: “We are pleased to have delivered this critical modular housing scheme in the region, to facilitate the fundamental need for social housing for South Kesteven District Council.
“The modular housing plots were completed on-time and to a high standard which is a testament to our project teams and local supply chain partners, who have quickly adapted to the new guidelines which have been introduced as a result of the pandemic, to ensure safe working and social distancing on site.”
Mark Robinson, Scape Group’s chief executive, added: “The UK’s housing shortage needs to be addressed with speed and efficiency, so it’s exciting to see G F Tomlinson and South Kesteven District Council using our Regional Construction framework and innovative modular construction methods to do just that.
“We take great pride in helping them to deliver a regional first strategy that will be of huge benefit to local communities.”