Totally Modular Secure Contract with Citizen for Multiple Developments Following Award Winning Pilot Scheme Success
Following the success of their award-winning pilot scheme development in Littlethorpe, Coventry delivered by Totally Modular for Citizen, the two companies have entered into contract for a second time, this time for a series of developments across a number of sites in Coventry. The homes will range from one-bedroom bungalows to four-bedroom homes. The developments are situated at current garage infill sites, which are located throughout Coventry, West Midlands on existing brownfield land.
The partnership is looking to replicate their success with these new homes, as the pilot scheme achieved a multitude of accolades, with the most impressive being the ‘Constructing Excellence Midlands – Offsite Award’.
The journey of the partnership started through Citizen recognising the impact on surrounding communities in developing these difficult, small infill sites, so the decision was made to explore modular construction options, as they were not commercially viable for traditional development. A partnership was then formed with local housing manufacturer Totally Modular, as they can access land and re-purpose existing smaller brownfield sites that traditional builds would find difficult or too expensive to navigate, therefore unlocking new land adds huge value to the offer.
Totally Modular are supplying these homes as a full turnkey solution, with the aim being to transform the currently redundant infill sites, suffering from blight, into a variety of highly energy efficient, attractive homes. The developments across Coventry, will consist of a variety of Totally Modular house types to cater for a range of residents in need. These architypes have been designed for the purposes of standardization, so that these house types can be rolled out to wherever the demand is needed.
The new homes will be manufactured within Totally Modular’s factory based in the West Midlands, on a production line and start as a robust hybrid steel frame and achieve a build status of up to 95% completion before they are delivered less than forty minutes to site. They are expected to exceed building regulations therefore providing higher quality solutions with lower risk and greater speed, cost-effectiveness and consistency.
Managing Director of Totally Modular, John Connolly commented on the announcement by saying…
“We are extremely pleased to be given this opportunity to work alongside Citizen again after our initial successful pilot scheme. As with all trials there are lessons to be learnt and our collective aim is to implement the take outs from that scheme to ensure both Citizen and the residents benefit from best available technology with regard to both environmental and energy performance.
With the direction of travel for UK housing delivery being net zero carbon, Totally Modular and Citizen are playing their part in ensuring the assets delivered today are future proofed for the city and residents of Coventry.”
Executive Director of Development, Nick Byrne at Citizen, also commented…
“It’s fantastic we are extending our modular housing pilot. It allows us to to proceed with our ambitions to deliver modular construction homes on some of the most difficult sites to develop and replicate the quality standards of our homes at Littlethorpe.
These new schemes will have a positive impact on the current issues around temporary housing and offer future customers a home which is a foundation for life. The homes will be offered at affordable rent so will be very attractive to families living in Coventry.”
The scheme at Littlethorpe achieved an A-rated Energy Performance Certificate, which means this type of development is in the top one percent when compared to energy-efficiency standards measured nationally. It also achieved actual running costs of £1.48 a day for a 3-bedroom home with five occupants.
Nick added Citizen is also looking to replicate this success in the new developments.
He said: “The energy efficiency we are achieving in these homes is in line with the Government’s “Future Homes Standard” which is not due to be introduced until 2025 and also our current Development Strategy.”
“We have decided to extend the pilot, so we can show further the benefits of modular construction especially on sites which are former garage sites. This means a reduction in the impact on residents due to the homes being manufactured in a factory which minimises the construction on site.”