The Wrekin Housing Trust has released a time-lapse video showing the installation of Shropshire’s first-ever modular buildings for use as affordable housing.
The two-minute film shows the installation work from early June, when the four two-bedroom homes, which were constructed in a factory, were transported by lorry to the site in Gordon Road, Telford, up until their official opening last month.
David Hall is head of property at The Wrekin Housing Trust, which is one of the largest social housing providers in the Midlands.
He said: “With a housing shortage, both locally and nationally, the trust commissioned the installation of these modular buildings to demonstrate innovation in tackling the problem.
“We’re really proud of this development and I think this time-lapse video gives a great insight into how modular houses can be installed efficiently while maintaining the quality you get with traditional houses.”
The modular homes were funded by an investment of £360,000 from The Wrekin Housing Trust and £120,000 grant from the Homes and Communities Agency.
Modular homes are up to 70% quicker to both build and install than a traditional house, but they also have a 60-year life cycle, similar to that of traditional brick and mortar buildings, as well as insurance backed warranty.
The installation of the modular homes is part of the wider development of affordable housing at the Gordon Road site by The Wrekin Housing Trust.
Each of the four modular houses is 70sq m in size. On the ground floor, the houses have a living room to the front of the property, modern kitchen and dining area, as well as a WC.
Upstairs there’s a master bedroom, a second bedroom, along with a bathroom. Each house also has an allocated off-road parking space and front and rear gardens.