Social housing landlords Valleys to Coast in South Wales have commissioned Wernick Buildings to deliver eight modular homes for residents just a few miles away from the Wernick factory in Kenfig. Valleys to Coast recently conducted a successful information event in the community and invited members of the public to give their views on the developments and to learn more about the desirable new homes coming to their area.
Funding for these homes was made available through the Innovative Housing Programme which aims to help inform Welsh Government, Housing Associations and Local Authorities about the type of homes it should support in the future. The project will contribute to the 20,000 affordable homes target set by Welsh Government.
The modular homes will be made up of individual factory built modules, complete with fitted appliances, heating and electrics, which will then be delivered and combined on-site to form a complete house. Off-site construction means that work can take place on-site ready for installation while the modules are built in the factory – thus drastically reducing the amount of time to complete a project and disturbance to the local community.
Compared to traditional construction methods, modular homes also help to reduce the carbon footprint of a housing project. Wernick Buildings are committed to sustainability; the factory itself uses solar power, buildings are designed to minimise waste during manufacture, almost all waste is recycled and wood is FSC certified.
Minister for Housing and Regeneration Rebecca Evans who visited the factory said, “Valleys to Coast is clearly ambitious to build the homes of the future, using modern methods of construction. We are committed to support projects like this, which are innovative and creative in their approach.” Work at the first site in Maes Glas has already started, with modules being delivered in November. Homes should be ready for occupants by February 2019.
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