New affordable housing scheme arrives by crane
Published by KBarnes for New Charter Housing Trust Group in Housing and also in Communities, Environment
A crane lifts a section of one of the homes into place at the site
A new housing development in Tameside arrived by a 75ft crane as part of a national pilot which could see more homes in the area built the same way.
It took two days for the crane to lift three bungalows and four semi-detached houses into place at Boundary Close in Mossley.
The two-bed homes have been pre-built in pieces at a factory to allow for quicker and more cost effective construction. They were fitted together in parts on site leaving just the roofs to be finished.
It is one of only a few schemes to be built like this and is part of a drive to find new ways of building more affordable homes.
The new properties which replace an old Homes fit for Heroes site, will be owned and managed by housing association New Charter Homes.
They will provide modern and sustainable accommodation for local people at affordable rent prices.
New Charter has funded the homes with support from the Homes and Communities Agency’s Affordable Rent programme.
Sean Stafford, New Charter’s director of development said: “We’ve been working with carefully chosen partners on the pilot scheme with the idea that if it successful, we could supply more homes in this way.
“Affordable housing is in high demand and as the homes have been pre-built under factory conditions, they are not subject to the extreme weather conditions which can sometimes with regret delay our building programmes.”
Specialist affordable housing developer Bowsall has brought forward the pioneering Mossley scheme, with Factory Homes building the properties off-site at its base in Hull.
Chris Hyde, commercial manager at Factory Homes, said the development represented a significant part of the future of UK house building.
“The Government is calling for a new and innovative approach to house building, and this scheme with New Charter and Bowsall is certainly that,” he said.
“Our off-site construction techniques offer quality and flexibility, allowing landlords to build more homes, at a faster rate and at a lower cost.
“We are certain that this development will lead the way for other similar schemes across the country and help bridge the housing gap in these uncertain times.”