Our first modular homes are being built in Buckler's Park as part of our 34 family-homes at the Crowthorne development.
The new precision-engineered modular homes are built by Legal & General Modular Homes (Legal & General).
Alan Ward, Chief Executive at Silva Homes, said: “We are delighted to be involved in delivering these modular homes with Legal & General at Buckler’s Park. We appreciate how important this innovation is for the housing sector and anticipate this will be a significant step forward. We have visited the Legal & General Modular Homes’ production factory and been given every opportunity to understand the design and construction process. The modular homes will come with LABC, NHBC and BOPAS approvals.
“We will be offering some new homes for affordable rent to people on the Council’s housing register and marketing some for shared ownership to help people get a foot on the home ownership ladder in an affordable way. Either way they will make excellent homes for our customers.”
Legal & General and Silva Homes have collaborated throughout the design and manufacturing process to deliver the modular homes to site. The new homes will form part of the affordable element of the scheme. They are Legal & General’s “Malden” range, designed as a four person home and provide 820 sq ft of space, two bedrooms, an upstairs bathroom, kitchen, living room/diner and a downstairs toilet.
These homes have been delivered to Crowthorne from Legal & General Modular Homes’ 550,000 sq ft factory in Selby near Leeds. Before arriving on site, all homes were fitted with kitchens, bathrooms, electrics, plumbing and internal decoration all complete before arriving to site. This ground breaking approach means the homes are designed and manufactured to a high level of quality using state of the art methods, materials and a trained workforce. Therefore at site level, the homes only required cladding, roofing and minimal internal works from our specialist team.
Nigel Wilson, Chief Executive of Legal & General, said: “Modular housing manufacturing is a revolution for UK construction and will play a significant role in transforming the housing industry. This is the first step in a very big journey and as first movers we have had to be brave, bold and ambitious. Every revolution has to start somewhere. The first iPhone was not manufactured overnight, it took years of testing and prototypes but now has changed the way people communicate across the world. We hope our progressive thinking and pioneering approach will similarly lift the barriers to change in the housing industry and encourage other players to follow, playing a pivotal role in tackling the UK housing shortage for good.”
Rosie Toogood, CEO of Legal & General Modular Homes, commented: “This is a fantastic milestone for the business, one which our team have worked hard to achieve. Our journey to revolutionise the UK’s construction industry is now well underway.”
“Our expectation is that Silva Homes’ progressive approach will help demonstrate the quality, comfort and value provided by our Modular solution, paving the way for others to follow. We are really pleased with what we have achieved so far by bringing the best of the best from a range of industries; design consulting, automotive, aerospace and construction together to develop a fantastic product range and the capability to manufacture thousands of beautiful homes every year. We have pioneered a new way forward for the housing sector.”