One of the UK’s newest modular home builders has officially opened its first manufacturing site in the North East of England.
The official launch of the 20,000 square foot CoreHaus plant in County Durham (July 30) also marks the start of production of the first modular steel frame homes. The milestones coincide with the announcement of major initial contracts for the social enterprise based at Jade Business Park, Murton, near Seaham.
A five-year plan will see CoreHaus produce around 1,000 modular homes per year, which will translate to more than 300 people working across the company. These homes will be built using Modern Construction Methods (MMC) which will result in high quality homes, built faster, with engineering precision and lower expected energy bills.
Since moving into its first UK manufacturing facility in County Durham, CoreHaus has been recruiting while securing new business contracts. The order book already stands at around £ 6 million.
Gaynor Tennant, co-founder and chairman of the Offsite Alliance, as well as Mark Farmer, CEO of Cast consulting and key government advisor to MMC, were the keynote speakers at the opening and praised the innovation and importance of CoreHaus in continuous development. by MMC.
Mark Farmer said: “I am really delighted to be here today. I can open a lot of factories, but this one looks very different to me.
“CoreHaus is an important step towards modernizing construction. The product is very different from many modular homes; it is a hybrid modular house with its pod and panel approach.
CoreHaus – which now employs 12 people – has agreed to supply modular homes to regional home builders Homes by Carlton and a national social enterprise charity. CoreHaus begins producing homes for the Thorpe Thewles site in County Durham developed by Homes by Carlton.
CoreHaus Managing Director Scott Bibby explained: “The housing market remains incredibly dynamic as demand continues to outstrip supply. There is an extremely positive collaboration underway in the industry which will increase market share and strengthen MMC’s reputation.
“We know the housing industry wants something that is both affordable and incorporates high quality design in a modular framework. We are already in talks with several regional and national housing associations interested in working with our product.
“Our light gauge steel frame system ensures that CoreHaus can be used in urban and rural locations with elevation treatments to suit each environment, offering almost limitless design potential. The standardized modular core means the solution can be configured for homes of almost any size.
CoreHaus is a joint venture between Carlton & Co Group, the parent company of North East based Homes by Carlton, and the national social enterprise Fusion21, specializing in public procurement for the built environment.
The modular housing sector recently received a boost from the national housing agency Homes England which is speeding up the delivery of housing programs from local authorities, encouraging greater use of MMC.
Housing associations looking to sign lucrative ‘strategic partnership’ deals with Homes England to build large numbers of affordable housing will need to commit to using modern construction methods to build at least 25% of their pipeline.
Scott added: “Our production and designs are based on modern technical skills and innovation. We have a real opportunity to break the current mold of home construction and construction and realize our vision of transforming the delivery of new homes. “