With an output of 700 homes a year from factory-built modules, Kent has been named one of Britain’s prefab homes hotspots.
Research by law firm Pinsent Masons has confirmed that the growing industry, which the UK government is promoting as a way to produce needed housing more quickly, is delivering 15,000 homes a year across the country. There is no central register of prefab homes, but the Kent Developer’s Group confirmed that 700 units had been locally built in the last year.
Paul Wookey, of Kent investment agency Locate, said that prefab housing is becoming more visible across the county, and is helping both local authorities and developers accommodate the increasing demand for new housing more quickly.
Medway is an especially active hotspot for prefab construction, as there are currently three developments being built using this method.
Dave Harris, head of planning for Medway Council, explained that this style of home construction is 40% faster than traditional building methods, and a newly arrived pod can be ready to accommodate its new owners within four weeks.
It’s a timeline that is especially beneficial to councils that are being pressured by the government to hit their housebuilding targets.