New modular council homes delivered in a week

Tue 7 April 2020, 6:50 pm

Thirteen new council homes at Sugden Way in Barking were delivered and lifted into place in the space of just seven days.

Barking and Dagenham Council’s regeneration company Be First commissioned specialist construction company Rollalong for the modular homes, built off-site and then bolted together and finished on-site.

The first of the new homes at Sugden Way were lifted into place on January 20, and just seven days later the last home was in position.
Councillor Cameron Geddes, the council’s cabinet member for regeneration and social housing, said he was “astonished by the progress”.

He added: “The beauty of this system is that we can construct top-quality permanent new homes twice as fast as using traditional methods, and in half the time, meaning significantly less disruption to the neighbours.”

The modern mode of construction is widely used in Europe and known for its quality, as the homes can be constructed in controlled conditions and tested rigorously before being delivered.

Rollalong managing director Steve Chivers said: “There is a shortage of housing in the borough and our modular alternatives to traditional construction offer a real opportunity to address the shortfall in approximately half the time.”

Tom Mather, construction director at Be First, added: “This is very much the future of the building industry and we expect to use off-site construction regularly, since we can reliably deliver more quality homes much more quickly.”

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