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Bristol Partnership Secures £3m to Unlock Housing Innovation

In April 2020, a consortium of partners led by YTKO and including Bristol City Council (BCC), Bristol Housing Festival, BRE, and 9 leading modular housing companies were awarded an Innovate UK grant for their project, Enabling Housing Innovation for Inclusive Growth, for the Transforming UK Construction competition.

Totally Modular are thrilled to be a delivery partner of this step changing consortium. Our delivery offers precision engineered, steel framed, volumetric homes that are extremely energy efficient through incorporation of the latest eco technology. Through incorporation of this advanced technology we can provide A+ Rated EPC homes, which puts them in the top 1% for new build developments in regard to energy efficiency in the UK.

The project is an 18 month programme working with multiple partners towards the delivery of a major Research, Development and Innovation (R,D&I) in the use of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC). This project unlocks the much needed MMC innovation which is vital to overcome the current housing crisis the UK is facing. This funding from Innovate UK can provide quality, energy efficient, affordable housing that supports the local supply chain and provides local jobs for local people.

Our role within the project is to demonstrate our innovative building methods that enable carbon-neutral housing and integration of sensors for monitoring indoor environment and energy use. We will also demonstrate the infinite benefits of BIM design with O&M integration. The houses will be design and built using standard components for the purposes of standardization, so that these house types can be rolled out to wherever the demand is needed. The improved quality from the precision engineered manufacturing process naturally lowers the failure rate of the assets, thereby improving predictability and reducing quantum of asset maintenance costs.

By trialing new methods of house building, the project aims to improve the speed, cost and social value of nearly £78m of housing set to be built in the city over the next five years. Using traditional methods, it has not been possible to provide enough homes to tackle the housing crisis.

This new project, funded by Innovate UK, aims to unlock the current barriers, and enable the council and its partners to examine how using Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) can help to cut the costs of housing production and increase the speed of delivery.

Bristol has a range of social and community-led housing developments planned for 2020-21 using a spectrum of innovative MMC solutions. The council views these housing developments as a unique opportunity for this step-changing ‘demonstrator’ project, with Innovate UK funding a major R,D&I programme to quantify the benefits of MMCs and deliver product, process and supply chain improvement. 

The resource provided by Innovate UK funding will enable BCC to address barriers to the delivery of new homes in a coordinated manner. In doing this BCC will create a nationally replicable delivery model that encourages the use of MMC solutions, balancing the supply of new homes with growing demand. 

The project outcomes include a ‘council change model’ supported by a decision-support ‘toolbox’, with the ambition in the longer term for these to enable local authorities across the UK to address development challenges by using MMC.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: 

“Building enough affordable housing is one of the biggest challenges we face across the country, and as a city we are not afraid to explore innovative ways of delivering better value, high quality, homes.

This project is only possible thanks to the collaboration of our many partners across the housing sector. I would like to thank everyone who played a part in securing this funding, and I am looking forward to seeing what exciting developments come forward as a result.”

John Connolly, Managing Director, Totally Modular, said: 

“Totally Modular are excited to be a delivery partner in this exciting Innovate UK project, we believe that the outcomes of this project will be very beneficial to the sector for a variety of different reasons.

This project will showcase that through integration of MMC, housing supply can be future proofed, accelerated in delivery, whilst also being extremely energy efficient and cost effective for both the client and resident. We are looking forward to moving the project forward with the enthusiastic and knowledgeable partners involved.” 

A major part of this funded project is to use the opportunity to consider housing holistically, to not just build units, but to consider the implications in the way homes and communities are built and the knock-on effects of these decisions.

Keep your eyes peeled for updates.

CREDIT – Bristol Housing Festival, Bristol City Council 

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Bewdley joiner up for Screwfix Britain’s Top Tradesperson

Bewdley joiner Thomas Connolly is through to the semi-finals of the Screwfix Britain's Top Tradesperson contest

Bewdley joiner Thomas Connolly is through to the semi-finals of the Screwfix Britain’s Top Tradesperson contest.

A JOINER from Bewdley has reached the semi-finals of the annual Britain’s Top Tradesperson contest.

Thomas Connolly, who works for Totally Modular Limited, will compete against tradespeople from across the country for a place in the national finals of the Screwfix competition, which will be held in Farnborough in September.

There were more than 1,000 entries for this year’s contest, and just 10 semi-finalists will earn a place in the final and be in with a chance of winning a top prize worth £20,000, comprising £10,000 worth of tools, £5,000 worth of tech, and £5,000 towards future training.

Thomas said: “I love the industry I work in, which focuses on constructing modular homes, and I believe it’s important that young students are also able to learn these new skills too, which is something I feel passionately about.

“It’s great to have made the shortlist for Britain’s Top Tradesperson, as it really shows that Screwfix also recognises and celebrates innovative ways of building.”

Read more at – https://www.stourbridgenews.co.uk/news/regional/worcestershire/17867973.bewdley-joiner-screwfix-britain-39-s-top-tradesperson/

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SOURCE – STOURBRIDGE NEWS

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Littlethorpe named ‘Development Of The Week’ in Inside Housing Magazine.

Source – Inside Housing

It was great to see our modular homes named ‘Development of the Week’ from Inside Housing Magazine.

The homes were built for Citizen Housing and in partnership with Coventry City Council.

BEFORE

  • Infill Site
  • Demolished Scout Hut
  • Redundant Land

AFTER

  • 1 X 2B4P 1 X 3B5P
  • A+ EPC Rated (97 & 98)
  • Installed in 48 Hours The words of resident sum up the real value of the development “This has changed our lives”, as he and his family lived in temporary accommodation before landing the 2B4P.

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Homeless family first in to ‘pre-fab’ homes in Coventry

NEW tenants are set to move into two of Coventry’s modular factory-assembled homes – hailed as a way to fight the homelessness crisis.

The homes – much like post-war prefabricated housing – were constructed in a factory and transported by truck to Coventry.

And the completed Littlethorpe development means new residents will be moving into a new two-bedroom and three-bedroom home in Willenhall, Coventry, over the next few weeks.

One of the first to secure tenancy is Hammedali Dair who is moving in from his temporary accommodation provided by the Salvation Army.

He said: “I have seen inside the house and it is amazing, it was a huge relief when I was told that I could have it.

“I feel really great to be the first person to live here as everything will be new and only used by me.

“I am so excited to move in and make it my own.”

Hammedali will be living in the property with his wife, Zuhur, and son, Murad.

The properties will have many benefits which include reduced fuel bills and excellent energy ratings, developers claim.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held to mark the completion and officials were given a chance to have a look around the properties.

Read more at – https://coventryobserver.co.uk/news/homeless-family-first-in-to-pre-fab-homes-in-coventry/

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SOURCE- COVENTRY OBSERVER

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Citizen delivers first modular homes for tenants

Two homes have been installed in Coventry for housing association after being factory-built
Modular Home in Coventry. Citizen

The first modular homes to be produced for Citizen, the housing association formerly known as WM Housing, have been delivered to a site in Coventry.

The homes (pictured) were designed and built by Totally Modular in Cradley Heath, near Birmingham, and transported by lorry to the Littlethorpe site in Willenhall.

They were erected in 21 weeks versus the 32-week schedule for a home built using traditional methods.

The two volumetric modular homes – a two-bedroom (left) and a three-bedroom house (right) – each cost £134,000 to build, with part of the funding coming from the government’s housing delivery agency Homes England and Coventry city council.

A key aspect of the decision to use modular methods was the small size of the site, according to Richard Whittaker, Citizen’s development director: “The Littlethorpe site is small and using traditional building methods would have been too disruptive.”

Read more at – https://www.housingtoday.co.uk/news/citizen-delivers-first-modular-homes-for-tenants/5100939.article

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SOURCE- HOUSING TODAY

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Coventry’s first modular home development complete

modular homes, Littlethorpe,
Social housing provider, Citizen has officially completed the first two modular homes at the Littlethorpe development in Coventry.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to mark the completion of the Littlethorpe development and officials were given a chance to have a look around the modular homes.

The homes were constructed by Totally Modular in its factory in Cradley Heath and transported on the back of a truck to Willenhall, Coventry.

The homes include a two-bedroom property and a three-bedroom property and could be the first of many across the West Midlands.

Director of development at Citizen, Richard Whittaker, said: “It’s brilliant these homes have been completed and we are handing them over to residents.

“We hope that the people who move into these homes thoroughly enjoy living there.

“The Littlethorpe site was small which is why we chose to build modular homes here and build offsite. Traditional builds would have been too disruptive here.

“We hope these homes will be the first of many across the West Midlands.”

The two modular homes were built on the site of a former scout hut in partnership with Totally Modular and Coventry City Council.

Each home costs £134,000 to build and the development was part-funded by Homes England and Coventry City Council.

Resident Hammedali Dair is moving into one of the homes from his current accommodation in the Salvation Army.

He said: “I have seen inside the house and it is amazing, it was a huge relief when I was told that I could have it.

“I feel really great to be the first person to live here as everything will be new and only used by me.

“I am so excited to move in and make it my own.”

Hammedali will be living in the property with his wife and son.

The properties will have many benefits which include reduced fuel bills and excellent energy ratings.

Read more at – https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/modular-construction-news/coventry-modular-homes/61040/

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SOURCE – PBC TODAY

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‘Pre-fab’ homes installed in Coventry amid housing crisis

TWO modular homes similar to post-war pre-fabs have been installed in Coventry as part of a pioneering housing project.

The homes were constructed in a factory and taken to the site at Littlethorpe, Willenhall.

The homes built include a two-bedroom property and a three-bedroom property – and they could be the first of many across the West Midlands.

Modular housing is being praised as a way to solve the country’s shortage of affordable homes as they can be constructed quickly and cheaply – much like prefabricated houses.

Executive director of development at WM Housing Nick Byrne said: “It is great to see the finished product after following this journey over the last few months.

“The new homes look brilliant and there are so many benefits to this method of building.

“This is the future of housing with build times dramatically reduced.”

When they were transported to the site at Littlethorpe there were already kitchens and bathrooms installed in the buildings.

Managing director at Totally Modular John Connolly said: “We’re thrilled to have transported the modular homes and installed them successfully at Littlethorpe.

“Up to 95 per cent of the work on the homes is completed in the factory and when they are taken to the site they are lifted on to precision installed pads and once it has been hooked up to the mains, the keys are ready to be handed to the new tenant.”

The properties will have many benefits for residents including reduced fuel bills, he adds.

They use energy efficient technology such as solar PV, battery storage, air source heat pumps.

Read more at – https://coventryobserver.co.uk/news/pre-fab-homes-installed-in-coventry-amid-housing-crisis/

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SOURCE – COVENTRY OBSERVER

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Modular homes craned into place in Willenhall

Two modular homes have been installed in Coventry as part of a WM Housing Group modular housing pilot.

Modular Housing Littlethorpe  Willenhall
Modular Housing craned in to place in Willenhall

The homes were constructed in the Totally Modular factory in Cradley Heath, West Midlands, and taken to the site at Littlethorpe, Willenhall.

Officials attended the site to see the finished homes including Executive Director of Development at WM Housing Nick Byrne; Director of Development at WM Housing Richard Whittaker; Chief Executive at WM Housing Kevin Rodgers; Chief Operating Officer at WM Housing Kate Still; Councillor Ram Lakha; Councillor David Welsh; Director of Housing and Transformation at Coventry City Council, Dave Ashmore; and Founder and Sales Director of Totally Modular Brian Maunder.

The homes built include a two-bedroom property and a three-bedroom property – and they could be the first of many across the West Midlands.

Nick Byrne said he is very impressed by the homes.

He said: “It is great to see the finished product after following this journey over the last few months.

“The new homes look brilliant and there are so many benefits to this method of building. This is the future of housing with build times dramatically reduced and time on site.

“We’re looking forward to seeing how we can use modular homes in the future.”

Read the full article at – https://www.coventry.gov.uk/news/article/2948/modular_homes_craned_into_place_in_willenhall

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SOURCE- COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL

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People could soon be living in flat pack houses in Coventry

People will soon be living in “flat pack” houses on a new estate in Coventry.

The modular home under construction (Source – Coventry Telegraph)

The two-bedroom and three-bedroom houses are being constructed at Totally Modular in Birmingham and, once completed, will be transported more than 30 miles to the new development in Littlethorpe, Willenhall.

The houses are expected to be connected to mains services in June 2019.

And, if the pilot proves to be successful, it could lead to many more being constructed across Coventry and the wider region.

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

The WM Housing Group’s first modular housing development is being built in partnership with Totally Modular and Coventry City Council.

Read the full article at – https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/coventry-news-flat-pack-houses-16239047

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SOURCE – COVENTRY TELEGRAPH

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Bristol provides springboard to help address housing problems

Volumetric housing construction company, Totally Modular is gearing up for a busy 2019, as it starts several building projects which will help alleviate the housing shortage that is besetting many towns and cities.

A project in association with WM Housing for the Coventry area is already in progress. Initially this will be for two houses, but a further 80 infill sites have been identified across the city which could be used to build 200 new houses and thus address over half of Coventry’s current demand for homes.

Totally Modular is not a conventional construction company. It builds houses in a factory and transports them to site on an articulated lorry, where they are craned onto pre-laid foundations. The houses leave the factory virtually complete and can be already fitted out with kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms; they can even have built-in furniture, so are ready for occupancy.

“All we have to do on site”, explains Totally Modular’s Sales Manager Brian Maunder, “is lower the house onto its foundations and connect it up for power, gas, water and sewage. This usually only takes a few hours and we are ready to hand over keys to the front door.”

The houses are built around a strong steel space frame and can be clad in virtually any building material including brick, render, timber or a mix of these. Thus, they can be designed to match existing local houses, appear traditional or be at the cutting edge of a modern architectural style. They are double-glazed and highly insulated as standard so that they meet the most demanding energy efficiency requirements.

Totally Modular makes houses in several different sizes and layouts. They can be detached, semi-detached or terraced. Further, the company also applies the same design principle to building modular apartment units which can be stacked to create blocks of flats.

Brian again: “One of our main focuses is building houses and flats for the social and affordable sectors. There is a tremendous shortage of this type of home and people don’t have much of an alternative, either relying on charities, crowding-in with long-suffering friends and family or getting by in temporary bed and breakfast accommodation.”

During 2019 Totally Modular will also be building for housing associations in the pretty Cotswold village of Winchcombe, Gloucestershire and in Epsom, an urban suburb of South London. These are likely to be followed by more social and affordable projects across the country, many of which have been originated as a result of meetings held at the 2018 Bristol Housing Festival.

“Bristol was very successful for us,” says Brian. “We brought along one of our two-storey, four-person houses and it proved to be a bit of a star attraction. In fact the house attracted over 6,500 visitors, including Kevin McCloud from TV’s Grand Designs, who took a strong interest and commented favourably about several aspects of the house design and realisation.”

The festival is there to showcase new methods of construction, allowing housing professionals to explore solutions to the needs of private developments and the social and affordable sectors. Other visitors, such as self-builders, were interested in various options for fast, efficient and quality-assured construction.

Brian concludes: “As a city, Bristol is being proactive and imaginative in its approach to the housing shortage. Judging by my time at the festival, I would say the local council, housing associations and community have helped make real strides against homelessness across the area. This aligns with the goals of Totally Modular, hence the high level of interest.”