Work gets underway on modular housing development pilot

Work that will see homes built in a factory before being installed on foundations on site has started.

The modular construction scheme, which WM Housing Group are piloting in Littlethorpe in Willenhall, could be the first of many in the UK.

Two homes will be created by Totally Modular at their factory in Cradley Heath, Dudley, before being transported to the site.

The builds, which include a two-bedroom house and a three-bedroom house, will be transported to the Littlethorpe site once complete and will then be connected to water.

The properties will come with benefits which include reduced energy bills for residents. This is because they will have a high thermal efficiency, will exceed traditional build standards and achieve the highest energy rating.

The modular homes will also reduce the impact of the build on surrounding homes during the building period.

Steel structures have now been delivered to the Totally Modular factory.

WM Housing Group Executive Director of Development, Nick Byrne, says: “We are thrilled that work has started on this exciting new development.

“We are pleased to be working with Coventry City Council and running this pilot will help us understand how we can use this development in the future.

“It will be exciting to see these homes develop and to take this idea forward.”

Founder of Totally Modular Brian Maunder says once the homes have been built they will be put onto foundations at the site with a crane.

He said: “It is brilliant that we are working on this scheme with WM Housing Group. The homes we will be creating for the development will be built in a factory before being taken to the site.

“Trained engineers and tradesmen work side by side to assemble the structure, attach the internal wall panels, the insulation and external finishing such as bricks or cladding. The bathrooms, kitchens and central heating will also be fitted before it is transported to the site to be connected.

“Once the modules have been built it will take a day to transport them to the site and then they are craned on to the foundations.

“We are really excited to see the development for Littlethorpe progress.”