Brandon Lewis looks on as housing association builds two homes in one day
Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Development
HA makes history by building two homes in a day
A housing association has "made history" after constructing two family homes in a single day.
The Accord Group performed the feat in front of the new Housing Minister Brandon Lewis last week.
Alan Yates, Accord's executive director of regeneration, said: “Erecting two family homes in just one day was certainly a challenge. So why did we do it?
“Although it was a feat, we felt it was important to demonstrate just how effective offsite manufacturing is and that it is possible to build homes efficiently and to a high-quality."
The two homes were built at Accord's £5 million 'affordable' 40-home Beechdale development.
All of Beechdale's homes have been designed and manufactured at Accord's timber factory, LoCaL Homes, across the road from the development.
The factory was the first such enterprise to be opened by a housing association and has trained and employed local people to manufacture the homes.
Brandon Lewis MP was given a tour of the factory before watching housing panels being craned into place for the two homes.
Lewis said: “We need to build more homes in this country, and new housing should be efficient and built quickly to a high quality, using brownfield land wherever possible. Innovative approaches such as offsite construction are one way to achieve this. They are widely used on the continent, but only play a limited role in British house building."
Alan Yates added: “There’s no denying that as a country we are facing a shortage of new and affordable housing and in particular we believe that offsite manufacturing offers a solution to get Britain building again.
“Housing associations are actively leading the way in offsite manufacture and it’s important that we shout about this as a sector, something that building two homes in one day has certainly allowed us to do.
“The whole development which features these two homes is set to be completed by early next year and will create 40 new homes for local people that will be managed by them as a housing co-operative.
“In the meantime, we’d like to see incentives from the government to encourage housing associations to adopt offsite manufacturing.
“Significantly, there is also a skills shortage in the construction industry which is preventing an increase in house building. Offsite manufacturing can upskill low-skilled workers quickly and easily – meaning that people can get into work sooner.
“As the Housing and Planning Minister pointed out, our model of “the town that built itself” could be replicated up and down the country.”