Officials visit WM Housing Group’s first modular housing project in Coventry

Officials have visited a factory to see how work on WM Housing Group’s first modular housing development is progressing.

WM Housing Group’s Director of Development, Richard Whittaker, visited Totally Modular in Cradley Heath, Dudley, with new Development Board Member Becky Utuka and Councillor Ed Ruane.

Two homes will be constructed at the factory and transported to the site in Littlethorpe, Willenhall, where they will be connected to services in June.

A two-bedroom house and a three-bedroom house are being built as part of a pilot and could be the first of many across the West Midlands.

So far, steel structures have been built, the walls have been added and the ceilings have been craned on to the structures.

The development is built in partnership with Totally Modular and Coventry City Council.

Director of Development, Richard Whittaker, said: “It’s fantastic that we are piloting this modular home development.

“The properties have many benefits which include high thermal efficiency and reduced energy bills.

“The development could be the first of many and we are excited to see how we can use this kind of development in future if it’s a success.”

Cabinet member for Housing and Communities at Coventry City Council, Ed Ruane, said: “This is a great project and could really help tackle demand for housing across Coventry.

“The homes can be built incredibly quickly and transported to site in a short space of time too.

“It’s great to be working with WM Housing Group and Totally Modular in tackling the housing shortage across Coventry.”

The homes made by Totally Modular will have kitchens and bathrooms already installed when they are transported to the building site.

Founder of Totally Modular, Brian Maunder, said: “The development is progressing well with walls and ceilings already installed.

“The quality of the materials used for production are very high and when the homes are taken to the site they will be connected to several reinforced concrete pads as opposed to traditional foundations.

“We are looking forward to seeing the finished homes and the development is on track to be transported to Littlethorpe in June.”

New Development Board Member at WM Housing Group, Becky Utuka, added: “I have been following this exciting development and it is great to see it progress.

“This pilot could be the way forward when it comes to the future of building as time on site is reduced and it could address the housing needs in Coventry quickly and efficiently. It is great to be involved with this.”