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Wolverhampton constructs council homes offsite

Words: Laura Edgar
City of Wolverhampton Council's modular housing pilot / press release

The first of the City of Wolverhampton Council’s council homes to have been constructed offsite will be dropped into place at Fallings Park at the end of this month.

Four two-bedroom modular homes are being manufactured in Dublin, in the Republic of Ireland, by Extraspace Solutions.

The homes are the first of their kind to be delivered by the council, in conjunction with Wolverhampton Homes. They will be ready on 14 February.

Work for the £600,000 pilot scheme started on site in November 2017. The scheme forms part of the council’s new-build council housingbuilding programme on small derelict sites.

Wolverhampton Homes will manage the homes for the council.

Peter Bilson, deputy leader and cabinet member for city assets and housing, said: “Clearly, larger housing developments are crucial to meeting our housing targets – but the cumulative effect of smaller-scale projects like this is also vital to improving our offer.”

Shaun Aldis, chief executive at Wolverhampton Homes, added: “Modular buildings have many benefits over traditional construction including a shorter construction time, reduced site disruption and more consistent quality.

“This means we can provide more council housing, more quickly, without too much disruption to the people living next to the build site.”