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15/08/2014

Two homes built in a day in UK construction first

Words: Sam Waddicor

A housing association made history this week (12 August) when they erected two full-size family homes in a day.

The Accord Group built the two houses in Beechdale near Walsall in what was a first for UK construction.

The houses built on Tuesday are the start of 40 new and affordable homes that will be erected in the £5m Beechdale development, which sits on the former Beechdale Primary School site.

The homes are all designed and manufactured at the Accord Group’s timber factory LoCaL (Low Carbon Living) Homes. The manufacturing process creates panels that have all insulation and external cladding in place as well as windows and doors fitted. These are then craned into place enabling the rate of construction shown Tuesday.

Planning and housing Brandon Lewis was present to see the houses completed as well as tour the panel factory that is opposite the development site.

“We need to build more homes in this country, and new housing should be efficient and built quickly to a high quality, using brownfield land wherever possible," he said. "Innovative approaches such as offsite construction are one way to achieve this. They are widely used on the continent, but only play a limited role in British house building."

Executive director of regeneration at the Accord Group, Alan Yates, said: “The demand for housing across the country remains high, but we are confident that offsite manufacturing offers the solution to increase the building of more homes, efficiently and to a high quality, with less waste.

“We’re delighted to demonstrate that two family homes can be built in a day using this technique and that a site that has stood derelict for seven years can be regenerated for the benefit of local people.“

Photo Credit: Accord Group

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