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'Instant' homes pop up in Blackburn

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development

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A new pilot scheme has seen the first 'instant' homes appear in Blackburn.

Social landlord Twin Valley Homes and partners Easybase Homes erected the first factory-built three-bedroom semi-detached properties last week.

Made from galvanised steel, the units are insulated inside and out and have been built to code for sustainable homes level 4.

All of the units' facilities, such as baths, showers and kitchens, were fitted before transportation.

The first units were taken from the Easybase factory in two sections - lower floor then upper floor and roof - on the back of a flatbed truck and then craned into position before being fitted together.

The new homes will be let by Twin Valley through the B-with-us scheme.

Ian Chew, chief executive of Easybase Homes, said: “It's been a good nine months in the development stages and it's nice to see the project coming to fruition.

“It's exciting to be able to deliver our first housing project with Twin Valley Homes right here on our doorstep.

“The houses are built to the highest quality and due to the insulation values, low energy lighting and the economical heating system they are extremely energy efficient, compliant with Lifetime Homes and Secured by Design our homes can soon be your homes.

“We are really excited by the attention our houses have created both on our doorstep and internationally. Now we are able to manufacture a complete house in just three weeks we believe we have the solution to the housing crisis.

“We are looking forward to starting our next project.”

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