East Yorkshire Modular Housing Firm Wins £7.5m Contract

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East Yorkshire Modular Housing Firm Wins £7.5m Contract

East Yorkshire Modular Housing Firm Wins £7.5m Contract

Premier Modular, an East Yorkshire off-site modular construction specialist has been awarded a £7.5 million contract to build a 58-apartment complex specifically for the homeless.

The commission for the build from Buckinghamshire Council, will begin this summer, and due to be completed in 2021, is to address the urgent situation with the increase in homeless people forced to live on the streets, reports PCB Today.

The project, to be sited in High Wycombe, is an innovative partnership between Premier Modular and Claritas Group, which is based in Bromley, in South-East London.

The new one-bedroom apartments will be constructed and fully fitted out at Premier’s factory in Brandesburton, near Hornsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The units will arrive on-site in High Wycombe in late autumn, completely fitted with shower rooms and kitchens pre-installed.

Dan Allison, director at Premier Modular, explained that there was an urgent need for accommodation for people who are often homeless through no fault of their own. The accommodation is meant to be a short-term solution while more permanent housing is sourced.

“Off-site construction is very well suited to building this type of accommodation. As well as meeting the required standards for quality and sustainability, we can reduce the completion time to deliver new temporary homes more quickly for people on emergency housing waiting lists,” he said.

The apartment units will be constructed around a central courtyard that provides valuable amenity space for the residents. There will be a housing management office, offices for the relocated Red Cross, and laundry rooms located on the ground floor, as well as refuse stores, and cycle storage in the plaza.

The design of the building will reflect and enhance the local rear, delivering a high standard of environmental performance.

The developer has taken a ‘fabric first approach’ to the construction that will increase the level of insulation, reduce heat loss and air infiltration, and use roof-mounted solar panels for electricity generation.

According to Mr Allison, the controlled factory environment where the units will be fabricated and fitted out means there will be unrivalled precision and more consistent quality of finish. It will also mean there will be a need for fewer construction workers on-site, which is an important factor for maintaining social distancing and health and safety during the coronavirus pandemic.

The High Wycombe site is a former car park, and the for and five-storey development will be finished in a colour scheme of terracotta, slate grey, and off white, which will complement the local area.

Cllr John Chilver, Cabinet Member for Property and Assets for Buckinghamshire Council, “We are committed to exploring modern methods of construction and more innovative ways of delivering new housing. The use of an off-site solution for this scheme radically reduces time on site which will mean far less disruption locally during the build programme.”

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