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Totally Modular Awarded Place on £400m Modular Housing Framework

West Midlands based modular housing manufacturer Totally Modular, are excited to announce that they have been selected as a delivery partner on the Procure Plus ‘Offsite Manufacture and Construction of Housing’ Framework worth an estimated £400m. Procure Plus is a not-for-profit company that specialises in the procurement of goods and services related to both new build and repair and maintenance for a wide range of social housing.

The framework agreement provides for the design, off-site manufacture and construction of housing. Six suppliers have been selected for the framework; Totally Modular Ltd, M-AR Offsite, Impact Modular Ltd, Jan Snel UK Ltd, Melius Homes and OSCO Homes. 


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.


Pictured – A Totally Modular 2 Bedroom Home

The Procure Plus framework unlocks the much needed modern methods of construction (MMC) innovation which is vital to overcome the current housing crisis the UK is facing. Totally Modular are calling for any housing association or local authority tempted by this innovative, sustainable offering to start their MMC journey by engaging in this transformative framework. Procure Plus has said customers of the four-year agreement will be able to select from the chosen contractors’ standard house types, with a range of enhancements and variations. The Framework Objectives are to:

a) increase the adoption of offsite construction within the social housing sector.
b) promote the early involvement of the manufacturer in the development of the works.
c) facilitate collaboration between the relevant parties to deliver choice, innovation and efficiency.

John Connolly, Managing Director of Totally Modular commented on the success…

“As the delivery of modular homes is still in its infancy within the UK, organisations such as Procure Plus are fundamental in offering both local authorities and housing associations a methodology to contract with new innovative enterprises who have entered the residential housing sector whilst complying with OJEU regulations. We are delighted to have been selected as a delivery partner for Procure Plus as this framework will be key to ushering in an alternative to supplement traditional build. Thank you to my colleagues who participated in this process and well done to all successful parties who will deliver within this framework!”


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.



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Totally Modular awarded Bronze Award by the Armed Forces Covenant

We’re proud to have signed The Armed Forces Covenant. This shows our commitment to support the armed forces community and defence.

By being a forces friendly employer we can benefit from the wide range of unique skills and experiences that reservists and veterans can bring to Totally Modular. Reservists and veterans bring a variety of transferable skills and qualities to the civilian workplace, developed throughout their military careers.


We have been awarded the Bronze Award as part of the Employer Recognition Scheme which acknowledges that Totally Modular have provided exceptional support to the armed forces community and defence by going above and beyond our covenant pledges.



We are currently recruiting for the following positions:

  • Carpenter – Immediate Start
  • Dry Liner/Plasterer/ Renderer -Immediate Start
  • Painter/Decorator – Immediate Start
  • Offsite Construction Operative – Immediate Start

All the above jobs will be based at our factory in Cradley Heath, West Midlands. Hour rate will depend on skillset (£9.30 – £14.40)

If you would like a full job description or want register your interest. Please email recruitment@totallymodular.co.uk





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Totally Modular accredited members of the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

We are proud to announce that Totally Modular are now fully accredited members of the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme is a not-for-profit, independent organisation founded to raise standards in the construction industry.

Construction sites, companies and suppliers voluntarily register with the Scheme and agree to abide by the Code of Considerate Practice, designed to encourage best practice beyond statutory requirements.


Considerate constructors seek to improve the image of the construction industry by striving to promote and achieve best practice under the Code.

The assessor concluded following his visit to Totally Modular…


“The company demonstrates with many of its policies and procedures a commitment in line with the principles of considerate construction. This is underlined by the number of external accreditations and certifications achieved. The entire site presents a professional and positive initial external impression. Environmental issues are obviously to the fore with the vast majority of construction element being undertaken off site and it is good to see the carbon footprint of the company being calculated. I have no hesitation in recommending Totally Modular Ltd. for membership of the CCS.”

The Code of Considerate Practice applies to all registered sites, companies and suppliers regardless of size, type or location.

  1. Care about appearance
  2. Respect the community
  3. Protect the environment
  4. Secure everyone’s safety
  5. Value their workforce



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Prime Minister Visit’s Totally Modular Home

Did you spot us during the Prime Ministers Build Build Build announcement recently?

We were thrilled to be at the forefront of such a vital announcement surrounding accelerated delivery of construction and plans to reduce unemployment rates. Highlighting to the Prime Minister the importance of MMC to drive forward innovation, digital integration and accelerated delivery. 



John Connolly our Managing Director commented…

“It was great to have the Prime Minister Boris Johnson come and show his support to the Black Country and choose to make such a vital announcement at such a step changing venue as Dudley College, with our 3 bedroom modular home as the back drop.

Both ourselves and Dudley College have similar aspirations and that is to drive innovation and digital integration into the construction industry which will allow for better quality homes, increased transparency in the build process and most importantly accelerated delivery. Whilst at the same time enhancing job creation and seek to reduce unemployment rates.”


Following the Prime Ministers visit to Dudley College and our 3 bed demonstrator home, we think now is great time to explain our fantastic partnership with Dudley College.

Dudley College are considered a national leader of training in MMC delivery, so it only seemed apt to form a strategic partnership with them, so both parties can collaborate together to drive job creation, upskill individuals and the drive MMC journey forward.

A stand-out feature of Dudley College is the four-storey high ‘hangar’ where our 3 bed demonstrator modular home lives. Students are taught the practical know-how required for fabricating and assembling the building using the latest available technologies. For example both electrical and carpentry skilled apprentices have practised their skills on this house, with the full electrical install being conducted by electrical apprentices.


We have identified that we need to bring in a complete unskilled workforce, and train individuals up into the skills associated with volumetric modular assembly.

For us to facilitate that, we have identified Dudley College as a training provider within 3 miles of the factory that are sat in a unique position that have both experience from a construction perspective from an onsite element but also cutting edge training programmes that supporting offsite technology from a technical perspective, incorporating design, green technologies and innovative products.

We have formed a collaboration to initiate a trail blazing apprenticeship scheme, that all of our apprentices will be sent to college for a formal NVQ, BTEC apprenticeship over a period of 2-3 years, where at the end of it, they will have a formal qualification for Volumetric Modular Assembly, either as a crafts person or as a technician. Which are transferable skills, which can be deployed throughout the UK and beyond



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The Totally Modcast has launched!

Our first episode from our Totally Modcast has now gone live!

It is an introductory episode, primarily centred around Totally Modular so the audience can understand our offering. However, future episodes will be less Totally Modular focused with the modular/MMC sector being discussed in a broader fashion.


The Totally Modcast is short, snappy episodes talking all things Modular and MMC! Hosted by Totally Modular Founder Brian Maunder and Sophie Chater, they will be discussing various topical subjects, from answering everyone’s go to questions about modular, debunking modular myths and discussing any relevant industry news.

Please do bear with us as it’s our first attempt! We’re just trying fly the MMC flag as much as possible for the industry.

Listen here- bit.ly/3hLC13Y



Keep an eye out for our second episode- Why is Modular/MMC not mainstream yet?




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Places for People in Partnership with Totally Modular Secure UKRI Funding to Revolutionise MMC Procurement

Totally Modular are thrilled to be a contributing partner of the trail blazing Transforming Construction funded project IGNITE, Integrated Intelligent Digital Tendering System. Working with one of the UK’s prestige national housing associations, Places for People we form part of a consortium that aims to implement an integrated software solution that will transform housing design, costing, tendering and manufacturing for MMC delivery.

It will create a transparent procurement process for housing developers and MMC suppliers, and give certainty of specification back to housing providers and asset managers. It will act as the basis of the ‘Golden Thread of Information’, and allow landlords to respond proactively to changes in regulation throughout their supply chain.


Through a collaborative approach the project is lead by Places for People with the following contributing partners; Totally Modular, The Manufacturing Technology Centre, LYNQ, Northmills Associates, Modular Wise and Project Etopia.

The aim of this project is to develop a digital process to reflect the roles of Architects and designers, and Quantity-surveyors into Manufacturing Supply-chain System (AQMSS) to support and enable a more dynamic and agile supply chain for modular housing. The AQMSS will deliver transparency of product design and costs and provide a full and complete digital record of procured houses to better enable and support whole life asset management.



The project will enable all of the consortium partners (and their sector equivalents throughout industry) to deliver their products and services more effectively, efficiently and collaboratively. This will increase opportunity and drive greater productivity for all involved. Consortia partners are key stakeholders in the current state process and will be direct beneficiaries of the outcomes.

Digital tendering will focus Off-Site Construction (OSC) on improving their factory efficiency and adaptability. It will enable design and cost changes to be monitored in real time with transparency on both sides of the supply chain, providing mutual benefits.

MMC enabled home builders are expected to achieve a 30-50% increase in the effectiveness of their resources (employees and machines), helping to reduce the cost of manufacture and ultimately the price of OSC homes. This digitalisation and streamlining of the supply chain is expected to drive further efficiencies while allowing OSC home builders to react and respond to changes in regulation, local market demand, material specifications and other design changes. Having better visibility of the design and costing process, Registered Providers (RPs) can optimise supply chains and bulk procure components, materials, fixtures and systems more effectively, reducing capital and operational costs. We anticipate material cost reduction of up to 10%. Planning and forecasting project delivery from “decision to build” to placing an order could be reduced by as much as 8 weeks.

John Connolly, Managing Director of Totally Modular said

“We are delighted to have played our part and to be associated with PfP’s successful application with regard the recent UKRI Transforming Construction call. In committing to an investment in excess of £100m in volumetric modular technology to support their housing development nationwide, PfP have a demonstrated their commitment to the model which they believe will raise the standard of how housing is delivered, maintained and monitored for their residents of today and for generations to come.

This technology led consortium will assist in raising standards of build, performance and life time operating costs of housing stock, thus reducing the negative connotations associated to some of the horror stories reported on of late via the national media and press outlets.


Julie Alexander, Director of Technology and Innovation for Places for People Said…

“Project IGNITE will create a new digital toolset that will allow developers to regain control of house designs across the MMC supply chain. House builders that retain assets such as in the regulated housing sector require more input into the design of the products being procured to ensure they meet the needs of their customers and Project IGNITE will allow this to happen. Developers will also get more visibility of the in-factory manufacturing process allowing them better financial control over MMC projects. The project will also ensure that all houses being procured will be delivered with a digital twin, critical for the future of asset management.”



Keep your eyes peeled for updates.

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Totally Modular Secures UKRI Funding to Unlock MMC Delivery

Totally Modular has created a consortium of academic, technical, industry and end user stakeholders with the of intention of producing a common steel framing platform that can be utilised without the need to start from first engineering principles each and every time designs change alongside the demonstration that a satellite manufacturing facility can be fully operational within a shortened time frame whilst negating the need for a multi-million pound capex investment. With Totally Modular being the project lead, the key contributing partners are Citizen Housing, TDS, Spacious Place, Wolverhampton University and Jali. Thanks must also go to Totally Modulars grant writing partner Ixion Innovation, who created the application with them and coordinated the whole process.


The UK faces an unprecedented housing shortage; 3.9 million new homes must be built just to meet current demand. Despite this, just half the homes needed are being built and the shortfall continues to increase.

Modern methods of construction, such as off-site manufacturing of houses in factories, promise lower-cost, higher-quality homes constructed in days instead of months. This is particularly beneficial to suppliers of social housing (e.g. housing associations, local authorities), who are facing ever greater challenges in delivering quality affordable homes. However, housing associations often need small volumes of customised properties to suit infill and brownfield sites, which does not match with the needs of factory owners to sell high volumes of near-identical properties. Concentrating manufacturing in a handful of large, centralized factories also increases transportation and impacts the local workforce.

STELLAR offers social housing developers and owners the tools and business models they desperately need to provide affordable homes across the UK in line with demand. Our model centralises complex and high-cost design, frame manufacturing and warranty tools within a central virtual ‘hub’, supporting SME-operated ‘spoke’ factories near to the point of need.



To achieve this, we will combine and enhance the UK’s best available tools and knowledge, delivering:

1) 3D ‘digital twin’ factory planning tool to ensure fit to need and support capital investment

2) Parametric Modelling tool for SMEs, enabling them to optimise house design and ringfence production slots

3) A UK first, open-access ‘Should-Cost’ Model driven by parametric design to generate accurate build costs

4) A Modular Build Design App, directly informing production, enabling HAs to specify homes that meet their needs.

5) Demonstration home(s) – Homes designed and produced through the hub-and-spoke model and STELLAR toolkit will be installed in client specified configurations. They will come complete with a suite of unobtrusive miniature IoT enabled environmental and usage sensors to enable energy and operational performance data to be monitored and analysed. A period of occupation will then be completed prior to future-casting to confirm environmental performance, whole-life cost and longevity, and provide a strong return on investment.


Brian Maunder, Founder of Totally Modular has commented on the success of the award saying…

““The committed and highly innovative STELLAR consortium includes modular steel frame specialists, home builders and highly respected academics. We form a complete value chain that will last beyond this project. The team has attracted positive attention from organisations including National Housing Associations and the House of Lords, who recently sought Totally Modular’s input to upcoming national strategies.

This funding will definitely positively transform the MMC sector specifically for social and affordable housing. However, it also brings significant social benefits and drives forward our message for ‘Local Homes for Local People, providing Local Jobs that supports the Local Economy’.”


Simon Hart, Head of Construction for Innovate UK, also commented on the success…

“The Transforming Construction Challenge is transforming the places where we live, work and learn using digital manufacturing techniques. In a sector worth over £100 billion a year in the UK, around 6% of GDP. It is one of the most vital industries in the country. The challenge will support the industry in adopting technologies and help buildings to be constructed 50% faster, 33% cheaper and with half the lifetime carbon emissions.

It is fantastic to see the successful investment in innovation that Totally Modular have made towards these goals. My team and I would like to congratulate Totally Modular on their recent grant awards and we look forward to working with them over the next two years to maximise the impact of the projects.”



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Totally Modular Secures a ‘Hat-trick’ of Innovate UK Grants

After months of hard work, dedication and collaboration, Totally Modular have successfully secured a hat-trick of Innovate UK grants as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) & UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), following three successful submissions for the Transforming UK Construction calling.


This success, is a unique achievement that highlights our strong commitment for driving new innovative methods to enable positive transformation with the UK construction sector for a multitude of reasons.

These projects will unlock the much needed MMC (Modern Methods of Construction) 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.



The three trail blazing projects are…

1) STELLAR – Supporting SMEs and Social Housing Providers to embrace Modern Methods of Construction

Totally Modular has created a consortium of academic, technical, industry and end user stakeholders with the of intention of producing a common steel framing platform that can be utilised without the need to start from first engineering principles each and every time designs change alongside the demonstration that a satellite manufacturing facility can be fully operational within a shortened time frame whilst negating the need for a multi-million pound capex investment.

Project Lead – Totally Modular
Partners- Citizen Housing, TDS, Spacious Place, Wolverhampton University and Jali.

2) Enabling Housing Innovation for Inclusive Growth

We are proud to have been chosen as a delivery partner for such a high profile project with the aim being to deliver multiple developments within Bristol City Councils region demonstrating residential assets whilst encompassing the many facets of R&D that MMC innovation offers.

Partners – Totally Modular, Bristol City Council, BRE, Bristol Housing Festival, YTKO and 8 other leading modular housing companies.

3) IGNITE – Integrated, Intelligent, Digital Tendering System

Working with one of the UK’s prestige national housing associations, Places for People we form part of a consortium that aims to implement an integrated software solution that will transform housing design, costing, tendering and manufacturing for MMC delivery. It will create a transparent procurement process for housing developers and MMC suppliers, and give certainty of specification back to housing providers and asset managers.

Partners- Places for People, Totally Modular, MTC, LYNQ, Northmill Associates, ModularWise, Project Etopia.


The variety of scope from the above projects shows our commitment to the whole MMC journey, as the projects show a combination of accelerated housing delivery, digital planning and production technologies that will enable the industry to attain new levels of quality, variability, and efficiency.

John Connolly, Managing Director of Totally Modular said

“In business you often plan for the worse and hope for the best, however in being awarded three Innovate UK grants via the recent Transforming UK Construction call, which having been advised by our partners is a unique achievement for a UK based SME, we are quite overwhelmed with this outcome which demonstrates the level of importance that is being placed on changing the way we build in this country!”

“This achievement, by all of the various individuals involved from all consortium team members, is a testament to their hard work and commitment and should be greatly recognised by the organisations they represent and most importantly, the outcomes of all of these projects will deliver the benefits that residents of affordable housing will need going forward to ensure they have a safe, comfortable and future proof environment to call home.”


Simon Hart, Head of Construction for Innovate UK, also commented on the success…

“The Transforming Construction Challenge is transforming the places where we live, work and learn using digital manufacturing techniques. In a sector worth over £100 billion a year in the UK, around 6% of GDP. It is one of the most vital industries in the country. The challenge will support the industry in adopting technologies and help buildings to be constructed 50% faster, 33% cheaper and with half the lifetime carbon emissions.

It is fantastic to see the successful investment in innovation that Totally Modular have made towards these goals. My team and I would like to congratulate Totally Modular on their recent grant awards and we look forward to working with them over the next two years to maximise the impact of the projects.”


The innovation that drives these projects will showcase better delivery, enable more certainty and transparency during the design, construction and operation of MMC housing. Therefore, increasing asset availability, lifespan and maximise performance.

MMC has the potential to help solve the UK housing crisis, create the highly paid and highly skilled jobs of the future and set global standards for house-building. At Totally Modular as an SME volumetric, offsite manufacturer we believe that these 3 projects are a key stepping stone to progress this MMC evolution. 


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Totally Modular Awarded CHIC Volumetric Housing Pilot Contract

Totally Modular are thrilled to announce that we have been chosen as the sole delivery partner for the BuildSmart, Central Housing Investment Consortium (CHIC) Volumetric Housing Pilot Contract. Through being the sole partner for the Pilot Volumetric contract we can offer our delivery to over 100 of their members being both housing associations and local authorities.

Therefore, we are calling for any housing associations and local authorities who are tempted to dip their toes into modern methods of construction (MMC) and start their MMC journey, that this is the perfect starting point before committing to mass delivery. Essentially, this contract enables housing associations and local authorities to try before they buy through a pilot scheme.

John Connolly, Managing Director of Totally Modular commented…

‘Having tendered against other suppliers of volumetric residential offering via the framework document, we are pleased to have been chosen as the sole partner for delivery of CHIC’s BuildSmart model aimed at registered providers throughout the UK. This new initiative will align the aspirations of clients who are on the start of their journey with regard to implementation of modular delivery within their development portfolios, but have chosen to take small steps in order to gain a better understanding of the benefits this model has to offer before they consider greater buy in.’

‘In having demonstrated our flexibility with regard to developing small pilot schemes within difficult to access sites, we have proved the capability of delivering eco–energy efficient affordable housing at a cost neutral position when compared to traditional delivery whilst ensuring we build better, build faster and build greener meeting the criteria the government has recently called for in order to raise the standard of housing supply within the construction sector. We look forward to working alongside CHIC and its many members whom are keen to embrace this new technology for the benefit of their residents and society as a whole.’

Both ourselves, CHIC and BuildSmart are collaboratively working together to change the face of housing delivery through offsite manufacture. CHIC’s BuildSmart model puts housing associations and local authorities in the lead in tackling the UK’s housing shortage with an all-in-one, collaborative approach to off-site manufacture and development of new homes. It enables a step-change in housing delivery through innovative, factory built standard home types, coordinated materials supply and greater efficiency during the build period. 

John Fisher, Managing Director of CHIC also commented on the partnership…

‘We look forward to working with Totally Modular under this pilot contract as part of CHIC’s objective to encourage affordable housing providers to embrace the benefits of modular construction’.

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Totally Modular to deliver Bromford and Gloucestershire’s First Modular Scheme

Gloucestershire is set to see one of its first modular, affordable housing scheme managed by housing association Bromford manufactured by Totally Modular. This step changing development will see six, new build two bed houses transform an infill, garage site situated on existing brownfield land, suffering from blight, into six eco energy efficient houses.

Before & Proposed After of the Abbey View Site

The six, two bed homes will be a full turnkey solution manufactured by Totally Modular at its factory in Cradley Heath and transported 50 miles to the Abbey View site in the Winchcombe district of Cheltenham. With foundations in place ahead of arrival, each home is expected to take just hours to install and connect to services.

Totally Modular houses are a hybrid steel framed system with exterior finishes varying to each customer specification. Bromford have opted for a timber clad and white render finish that will provide a contemporary finish with a modern mono pitched roof to match. They will arrive on site with kitchens and bathrooms already fitted out, and other rooms already decorated.

The purpose of the development is to trial the precision engineered process and assess whether the buildings are a sustainable solution to address the local housing needs.

These new build homes will be completed up to 95% offsite within a controlled factory, expected to exceed building regulations therefore providing higher manufacturing solutions with lower risk and greater speed, cost-effectiveness and consistency.

The sustainability agenda is a big driving force behind the project, the offsite production of the properties reduces waste by up to 80% and helps reduce CO² by 50% when compared to traditional site construction, with the majority of materials used on the homes certified as recyclable. This scheme will also incorporate energy efficient technology, which will reduce running costs which will then enable more disposable income to become readily available for the residents. 

These homes align significantly to the government’s ambitions for greener and more energy efficient, affordable housing. The homes are expected to exceed our expectations and national standard average being a D rating, with a target of at least an EPC ‘B’ rating being achieved. Therefore, reducing the resident’s fuel costs and allowing more disposable income to be readily available for them.

Mike Craggs, Development and Asset Management Innovation Lead at Bromford, said: 

“We’re delighted to have got the go-ahead for these new homes in Winchcombe. We’ve been researching modern methods of construction for some time and have been looking for an opportunity to put them into practice. We’ve been working with our partners at Totally Modular and GSSArchitecture as well as Tewkesbury Borough Council to put these plans together.

These homes will be a first for us, but offsite construction is something we are keen to expand as we increase the number of new homes we build every year. Our goal is to build 12,000 homes by 2028 and by 2023 we want to be incorporating at least 250 homes a year from factories, like these ones we’re building in Winchcombe.

As well as building homes that are affordable to rent we want them to be affordable to run as well. That’s why we are also including some new technology in these homes that will increase their energy efficiency using solar panels and battery storage system from Pure Drive Energy and Daikin Altherma HPC heating and hot water system, as well as charging points for electric cars. Together these systems are likely to considerably reduce residents’ energy bills.”

John Connolly, Managing Director, Totally Modular, also commented: 

“Having worked on this project for the last 3 years and to finally see the planned development crossing the starting line, it will be a big relief to all stakeholders involved. Albeit most forward thinking registered social landlords have an aspiration to introduce a modular offering into their development plans, very few have committed to implementing the model as most prefer to study the process of evolution related to this form of delivery with an expectation of the success and benefits this technology offers before they commit themselves.

Fortunately, there are enough pioneers within Bromford that have been prepared to rise above what many individuals perceive as the risks of embracing change and have kept their eye on the goal!

In a collaborative effort and having overcome the many challenges they have faced, the team have stayed true to the objectives of intending to deliver a superior eco energy efficient housing solution, better, quicker and at cost neutral position when compared against traditional constructional methods. This outcome can only benefit the nation’s need of building more homes for an ever increasing population that will depend on a living environment that offers safe, future proof and socially beneficial features, which in times such as now, will shape the future for generations to come.” 

Keep your eyes peeled for updates.