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Tuesday, August 12, 2014
They come fully decorated, fitted with the necessities - including the kitchen sink, of course - and take just four weeks to go from the factory to families.
Yesterday, three new ground-breaking homes were installed in Wymondham, just a month after they were put together in a factory.
Transported by lorry and carefully manouevered into place by crane, the homes were officially unveiled - with a search for potential tenants under way.
In just a fortnight, residents could be putting their feet up and settling in.
Built by Newbury Developments for The Saffron Housing Trust, the modular homes are part of a commitment to increasing availability of affordable housing.
Matthew Newbury, developments director, said: “Two weeks ago these homes didn’t exist - but the factory-controlled environment they are built in means that their accuracy is much greater. These pass all building regulations by a long mile - they’re actually far more stable.”
But despite the quick turnaround, Mr Newbury said the team hadn’t rushed the project.
“This is the first time something like this has been done in East Anglia, so we aren’t racing over the finish line. We’d like to build more of these for the Saffron Trust and wider, so we aren’t in a rush.
“But it has been great doing something innovative, everyone’s been really on board,” he said.
Featuring a fully-fitted kitchen and bathroom, the homes come ready with skirting boards, cabinets and sockets all in place.
So far three homes have been constructed, with one tailored for those living with disabilities.
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