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Totally Modular Wins Silver Award for Their Commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant

Totally Modular have received great news of their winnings for the Armed Forces Silver Award under the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

The Armed Forces Covenant was created to celebrate and acknowledge “those who have served in the army, along with their families, are treated fairly and respected within their communities, economy, and the society they serve.”

Totally Modular first signed the Covenant in October 2020, which was soon followed by their achievement of the Bronze Award. Now less than a year later, Totally Modular have succeeded in going above and beyond to win their Silver Award – in gratitude of those in the Armed Forces and continually supporting them with employment, training, and experience. The Silver Award, being another respected celebration to add to their collection.

Colonel (Ret’d) R L Maybery QGM – Chief Executive said:

“We are really grateful for your positive attitude and policies towards the Armed Forces family and look forward very much to working with you to develop that advocacy further.”


Totally Modular are pleased to have received this award and look forward to continually providing a safe and respected environment, where those within the Armed Forces can feel confident in returning to employment. All efforts have been appreciated, and Totally Modular wish to maintain respect and solidarity for those who have served for the country.

“It is with great delight that we accept this award, and we look forward to further advancing with our support of the covenant.”

– Totally Modular. 

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‘Eco-friendly and Sustainable’ Homes Make BBC Headlines

New homes are being built in the Totally Modular factory. These eco-friendly and sustainable homes made BBC headlines, creating affordable and sustainable living accommodations for the local community in Coventry.

The story was aired live on BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire (BBC CWR) in the morning of August 18, 2021.

Richard Whittaker (Director of Development at Citizen) was interviewed by reporter Nishal Chauhan, who visited the Totally Modular factory, about the extended modular pilot scheme.

“These homes will be the first of our new modular homes for Coventry, of which there will be 24 in total for this scheme, with energy performance standards being as high as you can get.”

He went on to say:

“In terms of affordable housing, these are the highest performing energy efficient houses we have ever delivered.”

The homes have an ‘A-Rated’ energy performance, putting them in the top 1% for energy efficiency, with running costs being as little as approximately £1.48 per day.

John Connolly (Managing Director of Totally Modular) spoke live about the partnership and the modular homes coming to Coventry, addressing the increasing housing crisis.

BBC Reporter Nishal Chauhan interviewing Richard Whittaker (Director of Developments at Citizen).

“Due to the housing shortage, people have got to consider alternatives to meet the demand of the up-stock for the UK.”

“We are working with Citizen housing, Coventry City Council and Homes England, delivering homes on disused garage sites, and adding to the stock of housing available to the Citizens of Coventry.”

Totally Modular are supplying these homes as a full turnkey solution, transforming the currently redundant infill sites, suffering from blight, into a variety of highly energy efficient, eco-friendly, and sustainable homes.

The partnership is looking to replicate their success with these new homes, as the pilot scheme achieved a multitude of accolades.

The homes will range from one-bedroom bungalows to four-bedroom homes with developments situated at current garage infill sites, which are located throughout the West Midlands on existing brownfield land.

Bringing local homes built by local people for local residents.

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Officials visit factory to see progress on 24 homes development

Officials have visited the Totally Modular Factory to see progress of the multi-million pound contract for a variety of developments across Coventry for Citizen Housing in partnership with Coventry City Council and Homes England.

The guests were able to walk round the factory seeing various homes in different stages of production from initial steel frame assembly to near completion, ready for transport to site.

Following the success of their award-winning pilot scheme development in Littlethorpe, Coventry delivered by Totally Modular for Citizen, the two companies have entered into contract for a second time, this time for a series of developments across a number of sites in Coventry. The homes will range from one-bedroom bungalows to four-bedroom homes. The developments are situated at current garage infill sites, which are located throughout Coventry, West Midlands on existing brownfield land.

The factory was visited by representatives including Executive Director of Development at Citizen Nick Byrne, Director of Development at Citizen Richard Whittaker, Assistant Director at Homes England Sharon Kenny and Coventry City Councillor David Welsh.

The scheme will provide 24 homes on eight former garage sites in Coventry.

Citizen, one of the UK’s most trusted social housing providers, is working in partnership with Totally Modular, Homes England and Coventry City Council to deliver the development.

Work has been progressing well in the Totally Modular factory, and officials were able to see three of the bungalows at different build stages in production with the steel frame erected for one of the four bed homes.

The multi-million-pound project will see ex-garage sites regenerated into highly efficient family homes and bungalows at: Wedon Close, Bradney Green, Coleman Street, Fletchamstead Highway, Attoxhall Road, Capmartin Road, Shepherd Close and Thimbler Road.

Director of Development at Citizen Nick Byrne said: “It’s brilliant to visit the Totally Modular factory and see the homes progressing.

“Following our initial small-scale pilot, where two homes were transported to Littlethorpe, we have decided to increase scale and work on a larger pilot. These will help to provide more homes in Coventry for our customers.

“We’re pleased the homes will be A rated meaning high energy efficiency and lower energy bills for customers.

“We look forward to seeing the homes progress over the next few months.”

The homes are being built in the Totally Modular factory in Cradley Heath, near Dudley, and will be transported across to the various sites in Coventry by lorry.

The homes will then be craned into place.

There are many benefits to modular housing including high energy efficiency and reduced fuel bills. The actual running costs for the Littlethorpe pilot are approximately £1.48 a day for a three-bedroom, five-person home.

Managing Director of Totally Modular John Connolly said:

“It was great to welcome our partners Citizen, Coventry City Council and Homes England in witnessing the evolution of factory built, energy efficient affordable homes planned for delivery throughout Coventry, which could well be the biggest regeneration of garage sites throughout England.

“This pioneering delivery can solve so many issues in support of the ‘A Rated’ new housing being brought forward for the citizens of Coventry where blight, anti-social behaviour can be eradicated within the community and a sense of pride can be realised by all stakeholders.”

The development has been part funded by Homes England and Citizen will promote the bungalows to those who need to downsize their home.


Assistant Director Affordable Housing at Homes England Sharon Kenny said:

“Providing good quality homes in the communities where they’re most needed can present significant challenges, so it’s great that our Affordable Housing Programme can support a zero carbon project that’s providing creative, people-focused solutions to housing need.”


Councillor David Welsh, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities at Coventry City Council, who visited the specialist homes in the making, added:

“We saw the success of the first pilot scheme at Littlethorpe in Willenhall and I’m delighted that we will now see a further 24 homes at eight garage sites in Coventry.

“The system used, which means homes are transported into place, is fascinating and is an important part of our strategy of tackling the housing shortage in Coventry and helping provide future homes for our people, and address homelessness.

“Modular is an efficient way of bringing brown field sites back into use. It’s great to see the way the homes are put together before being moved into their final resting place.”


The developments are due to be completed early next year.

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Totally Modular Supports the Kickstart Scheme

Totally Modular is pleased to be participating in the Government’s Kickstart Scheme – offering new work placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.

In order to be considered for one of our Kickstart placements applicants must be claiming Universal Credit and must be referred via their Job Centre Work Coach.

If you think you might be interested in one of our placements please contact your Work Coach, by logging into your account and sending them a journal message.

Please note Totally Modular cannot accept applications direct – the only way to access the Kickstart placements is through the DWP and your work coach. Don’t miss out; speak to them today.

We have a wide variety of opportunities within Totally Modular, ranging from administration, customer services, to technical design services.

We are currently recruiting the following Kickstart placements…

  • Sales and Commercial Supporter

We are looking for an ambitious individual to work within the sales and commercial department, whether you already have experience or even an interest in surveying/estimating, buying or sales, your role will be to assist other members of the team. There is great scope for professional development as the role will be very multifaceted and will encompass an array of commercial activities.

  • Operations Supporter

All our Kickstart placements will benefit from mentoring and employability training and support, to improve skills and work experience, increasing their prospects of employment at the end of the six-month placement.

For more information about Kickstart, contact – but remember, to be considered you must contact and apply through your Job Centre Work Coach.

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Totally Modular Building Britain’s First Hydrogen Homes

Totally Modular are proud to be the chosen manufacturers to deliver Britain’s first hydrogen homes for Northern Gas Networks.

The two show homes where all the appliances are powered entirely by hydrogen are being built in the Totally Modular factory in West Midlands and then being transported to the Low Thornley site in Gateshead.

These houses started as a robust hybrid steel frame and will achieve a build status of up to 95% completion before they are delivered to site in Gateshead for finishes touches and zipping up upon arrival. Totally Modular are a manufacturer of residential housing solutions based in the West Midlands producing volumetric modular homes to near carbon zero standards for the much needed affordable housing crisis.

The houses will use 100% hydrogen for heating and cooking in appliances including boilers, hobs, cookers and fires under a new government scheme intended to offer the public a glimpse into “the potential home of the future”.

Members of the public will be able to see how these appliances compare with ones run on natural gas.

It is part of the government’s drive to phase out the use of fossil fuels. Unlike natural gas, which is responsible for over 30% of the UK’s carbon emissions, hydrogen’s only by-product at the point of use is water.

The project secured a £250,000 grant from the government’s Hy4Heat Innovation programme and is being run by gas company Northern Gas Networks and Cadent.

Image – The houses at the start at the process as a steel frame. 

Image – Energy Minister, Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Energy Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said these homes:

“will showcase how low-carbon hydrogen can transform the way we power our homes and offer a glimpse of what the future holds as we build back greener.

From running a hot bath and cooking our evening meals to turning on the heating, most of us use natural gas every day.

However, to tackle climate change, we need to find alternatives to fossil fuels and move towards making clean energy the norm.”

While these new houses in Gateshead will look like any other, they will showcase how low carbon hydrogen can transform the way we power our homes.”

Mark Horsley, Chief Executive Officer of NGN said…

‘‘We’re delighted to be at the forefront of innovation, giving customers a glimpse into a hydrogen-heated home of the future.

Customers understand the impact on carbon emissions of running a diesel or petrol car, but the impact of home heating is less well understood. We believe a hydrogen gas network could provide the least invasive and most cost-effective route to zero carbon home heating for the majority of UK homes.

Gas networks are reliable and extremely resilient and responsive to demands. With 85% of the UK connected to the gas network it is logical to repurpose this vast asset to carry a clean-burning gas like hydrogen.”

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Totally Modular’s House iO Competition Proves A Great Success, Winners Revealed

Totally Modular launched their ‘House iO’ competition last week, in collaboration with MOBIE, Value Shift, Infill Works, Bristol Housing Festival (BHF) and Department of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of West England (UWE) Bristol.

The competition asked architectural students from UWE to form teams, to design a prefabricated housing scheme. Using Totally Modular’s system, solutions using sites allocated for housing in Bristol will aim to address particular conditions of homelessness in the city.

The weeklong competition ran from Monday 8th February and finished Friday midday 12th February. The competition was sponsored by Totally Modular (a volumetric housing manufacturer), who provided £500 of prize money and a chance to visit the Totally Modular factory in the West Midlands.

The competition was greatly received at the university with multiple teams of architectural students taking part. The judging panel all commented on the high level of competition submissions and the judging process was very difficult due to the high level of design capabilities shown. The judges consisted of; Ele George (Innovation Lead at Totally Modular), Mark Southgate (Chief Executive at MoBIE), Zoe Metcalfe (Director at Value Shift), Jessie Wilde (Deputy Project Director at BHF) and Oliver Sanger (Founder at Infill Works). The judging criteria consisted of; Response to client needs/brief (30%), Design (30%), Place making (20%), Site and constraints (10%), Innovation (10%).

The final result concluded that:

First Place
– Team Y–

  • Isuri Ratnayake, Mahek Khushalani, Seanne Christhian, Zoe Restrick.

Runners Up
– Team S –

  • Alice Adams, Sian Wood, Shermin McClernon, Jessica Wood

Highly Commended
– Team P –

  • James Monteith, Daniel Gonzales Penalas, Kiana Eskandani, Luca Carlisle, Roberts Tuzilkins, Nikola Asojana.

Highly Commended
– Team R3 –

  • Emily Harvey, Bradley Homer, Louis Parry-Jones, Jake Fellows-Samuel.


Team Y, submitted the winning entry with the judges concluding …

‘A very clear and well-organised project that inter-relates communal spaces and clusters of housing that create thresholds of shared space and privacy.’

Head judge of the House iO competition, Mark Southgate, Chief Executive of MoBIE commented…

“As judges we loved judging this Totally Modular design competition.  It was VERY hard for us to choose a winner and runner up – the fact that we also highly commended two entries shows you just how good the standard of the designs were. We were genuinely wowed by the standard of the work that the teams produced and kept having to remind ourselves that the teams were not professionals and that they only had 4.5 days to create these designs from scratch – the results were amazing!  We were also highly impressed by the way the teams really addressed all parts of a challenging brief.  The future of housing design is in great hands – we can’t wait to see what you all do next”.

Milly Harvey, architectural student from UWE, whose project was ‘Highly Commended’ said…

“I would just like to thank you for the opportunity, it feels great to be recognised as architects, not just students. I think we have all come away from this project feeling inspired and encouraged so thank you for that”.

Image – Concept Drawings of Other Submitted Entries.

James Burch, Associate Head of Department of Architecture and the Built Environment at UWE, was greatly impressed with the competition, noting…

“The House iO Competition’s elision of issues of homelessness, volumetric housing technologies and sites in Bristol made for a problem that felt relevant to our students and the challenge attracted entries from all five of our undergraduate architectural courses – from first years to final year students.  The students enjoyed tackling a real-life brief and acting as design teams working under pressure to deliver their proposals.

In less than a week the teams created a range of sensitive, well-researched and well-argued proposals that they, and we, are proud of and with this work UWE’s Department of Architecture & The Built Environment is pleased to be raising the level of debate of contemporary housing design in the City.”

Image – Concept Drawings of Other Submitted Entries.

The next steps now see winning team ‘Team Y’, receive a large proportion of the prize money (from Totally Modular), a tour of the Totally Modular manufacturing facility and their winning designs being considered for real life implementation on a Bristol site.

All Partners include:

Totally Modular – @totallymodular on twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook & Youtube.

MoBie –; @mobiehome (twitter); @mobiehomefutures (insta); MOBIE (LinkedIn)

Bristol Housing; twitter: @bristol_hf; @bristolhousingfestival on Insta and Facebook and Youtube.

Value Shift

Infill Works

University of West England

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Totally Modular launch revolutionary ‘House iO’ design competition for students, which aims to tackle homelessness in Bristol.

Totally Modular have today announced the launch of their ‘House iO’ competition in collaboration with MOBIE, Value Shift, Infill Works, Bristol Housing Festival and Department of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of West England (UWE) Bristol.

The competition asks architectural students from UWE to form teams, to design a prefabricated housing scheme. Using Totally Modular’s system, solutions using sites allocated for housing in Bristol will aim to address particular conditions of homelessness in the city.

The weeklong competition runs from Monday 8th February and finishes Friday midday 12th February. The competition is sponsored by Totally Modular (a volumetric housing manufacturer), who is providing £500 of prize money for the winning team and a chance to visit the Totally Modular factory in the West Midlands.

The number of homeless people in Bristol is on the rise — by a shocking 128% over the past three years, according to statistics from Homeless Link. In order to drive forward change to help tackle this homelessness crisis head on, collaboration is key. This competition is hoping to highlight that modular methods of construction can help and alleviate both the housing and homeless crisis in the UK. The competition is a great opportunity to engage students in the issues of homelessness and land use and the surrounding issues but by focusing on solution finding and innovation.

Totally Modular’s motivations behind this revolutionary competition were to bring new entrants into the MMC arena & provide students with real life design case studies, whilst also increasing and highlighting the discussion around homelessness and its possible solutions.

Totally Modular’s concept of House iO utilises a common frame approach, maximising efficient design of the modules both internally and externally to create a cost effective design solution.


The House iO competition challenges the student’s to develop a proposal for housing that;  

  1. Responds to contemporary issues of homelessness by addressing the housing needs of new and emerging residents in the city;


  2. Uses an innovative ‘common frame’ volumetric approach that co-ordinates the manufacture of services Inside and structure and envelope Outside to create an efficient design solution.


  3. Provides housing on a real site in the city that has been identified as suitable for affordable housing &/or that can be built on for ‘meanwhile use’ – that is, demountable housing allowing future site redevelopment;


  4. Creates a safe, healthy and beautiful place for people to live in.   


The head judge Mark Southgate (Chief Executive, MoBIE) will announce the winners on Friday 12TH February – with a total of £500 in prize money to be won.

Mark’s expressed that MoBIE’s motivations for getting involved in this competition was because…

“Connecting young people to the built environment is vital, they are the future of housing and construction. This challenge asks them to think about the role of manufacturing in housing, homelessness, temporary ‘meanwhile’ use of sites and, above all, the importance of designing for people’s needs in home design. Giving students real life cases and sites to work with means they will better understand the needs of today’s housing industry and that they can see the range of career opportunities open to them upon graduation.  I can’t wait to see the amazing ideas and designs they create in this exciting challenge”


The brief of the competition will include expert input and judging from: 


Totally Modular on their inside/outside (‘House iO’) servicing/structural concept for prefabrication.
Judge – Ele George – Innovation Lead


MoBIE [Ministry of Building Innovation + Education] the education charity encouraging design innovation and advanced creative thinking in 21st century living.
Judge – Mark Southgate – Chief Executive. 


Values Shift who are specialist consultants in sustainable communities and homelessness.
Judge – Zoe Metcalfe – Director.


Bristol Housing Festival – a five year project, in partnership with Bristol City Council hosting an ongoing conversation in various forms to incubate and pilot new housing solutions.
Judge – Jessie Wilde – Deputy Project Director.


Infill Works- former UWE architecture student and founder of ‘Infill Works’ planning and architecture consultancy.
Judge – Oliver Sanger – Founder.


Zoe Metcalfe, from Value Shift sums up the competition by saying… ‘The pandemic has demonstrated the need to create homes that nurture, fifteen-minute neighbourhoods that are cohesive, healthy and sustainable.  At a time where we are facing the climate and housing crisis more individuals and families face homelessness, threat of eviction, substandard living conditions, rough sleeping.’

This collaboration between an innovative manufacturer, Totally Modular, and an outstanding university, creates a unique opportunity to innovate and link academic study to pathways to delivery.


All Partners include: 

Totally Modular – @totallymodular on twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook & Youtube 

MoBie –; @mobiehome (twitter); @mobiehomefutures (insta); MOBIE (LinkedIn)  

Bristol Housing Festival –; twitter: @bristol_hf; @bristolhousingfestival on Insta and Facebook and Youtube.   

Value Shift  

Infill Works  

University of West England 

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Totally Modular appointed on the Welsh Procurement Alliance – Housing Construction South and Mid Wales DPS

Totally Modular are excited to announce that they have been appointed on the WPA – Housing Construction South and Mid Wales (HCSWa) DPS.  WPA’s OJEU compliant Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for Housing Construction is an open market solution designed to provide buyers with access to a pool of pre-qualified contractors.

The DPS was developed following consultation with Welsh Government and the Councils and Housing Associations across South and Mid Wales to provide additional procurement options.

Totally Modular, are a manufacturer of residential housing solutions that can achieve carbon zero build standards which meet the need for future proof affordable houses. The homes are manufactured on a production line and commence the process as a robust hybrid steel structure which are then fully assembled and constructed within a controlled factory environment and can achieve a completion state of up to 95% before transportation to site for final erection.

There are copious benefits of this DPS –

Time saving – Quick and easy access to approved suppliers

Compliance –  Ensures procurement is compliant with U.K. public sector procurement rules

Quality and value – Only suppliers who offer quality and value are pre-qualified with the right qualifications, experience and financial standing to deliver your project

Local delivery – Offers the opportunity to engage with local suppliers supporting the wider Government aim of working with local businesses for economic growth

The Scope of the DPS includes:

Multi-dwelling accommodation (such as student residences and care facilities)

The development of community buildings which are integral to residential developments

The refurbishment of dwellings as part of a new build development and the re-development of buildings from non-residential to residential usages

And the scope also provides for land purchase and development financing (amongst other commissioning options).

Totally Modular offer a range of housing solutions; houses, apartments, airspace and emergency accommodation, achieving a minimum EPC rating of A+ being within the top 1% of all housing developments in the UK for energy efficiency. The homes can be delivered as a full turnkey solution from design all the way to delivery. These homes can provide higher quality solutions with lower risk and greater speed, cost-effectiveness and consistency.

Get in touch today to find out more about solutions.

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Totally Modular wins the Offsite Award

Totally Modular successfully won the ‘Offsite Award’ at the Constructing Excellence West Awards last week for our Littlethorpe Development with Citizen Housing.

Following the win, as a result we have now been put forward for the Constructing Excellence national ‘Offsite Award’, with the ceremony taking place in January 2021.

We were also finalists for two other awards on the day…

Constructing Excellence Midlands – Innovation Award – Finalist

Constructing Excellence Midlands – Digital Award – Adoption of BIM within Affordable Housing – Finalist

This means our Littlethorpe Development has achieved the following…

Constructing Excellence Midlands – Offsite Award – WINNER

Constructing Excellence Midlands – Innovation Award – Finalist

Constructing Excellence Midlands – Digital Award – Adoption of BIM within Affordable Housing – Finalist

Constructing Excellence – National Offsite Award – Finalist

Inside Housing Development Award – Best Approach to Modular Construction – Finalist

Offsite Awards – Social Housing Project of the Year – Finalist

Our partnership with Citizen Housing have transformed a redundant infill site in Coventry into…

– 2 bedroom & 3 bedroom home

– A+ EPC Rated – compared to the national average of a D rating.

– The houses were installed onsite in less than 48 hours

– No gas, all electric central heating – goodbye dirty energy!

– The running costs for the 1st year of the 3 bedroom home of 5 occupants achieved only £1.48p a day.

The words of resident Mr Dair 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 2 bedroom home.

Robert Dodd’s Homes England said about the development –

“I have been to a number of modular sites but these are the most impressive I have seen”.

This successful pilot has now led to a contract to deliver 24 energy efficient homes across multiple infill sites across Coventry.

Pictured – The Dair family outside their new home.

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Totally Modular awarded top ten spot in the Climate Champions Power List

We are thrilled to announce that Totally Modular has been recognised for its dedication to improving its environmental impact.

Our Innovation Lead, Ele George has been awarded tenth place in the Climate Champions Power List, which was announced at the Homes UK virtual event.

The Climate Champions Power List recognises individuals for their efforts, achievements and innovations in tackling the climate emergency and celebrates those who are driving positive change in the sector.

Ele George, Innovation Lead commented on her success by saying…

“I am so humbled to have been recognised for my hard work in bringing forward the agenda for sustainable construction, alongside some truly inspirational people. I hope this list will inspire others to step-up and join the likes of Totally Modular, who are trying to positively contribute to the sustainability of our planet. The problems we are facing can feel overwhelming, but we can all make a difference through creativity, collaboration and enthusiasm.”

See the full list of winners here ––power-list?utm_source=LinkedIn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialSignIn&utm_content=Take+Control

Pictured – Ele George – Innovation Lead at Totally Modular