Homes England is providing development finance and a range of initiatives to encourage partners to develop and use MMC.
Nuneaton and Bedworth Council (NBBC) is reviewing the possibilities of using MMC to deliver affordable rental homes through a new pilot scheme. After receiving £120,000 in funding from Homes England, this local authority completed its first modular build.
This MMC homes scheme is built on former garage sites in Bedworth and consists of four semi-detached two-bedroom modular properties. The development has been used to test the feasibility of modular housing as a method of housing delivery.
NBBC Head of Development Mat Byrne said that the council identified modular homes development as an affordable and efficient solution to the increasing demand for housing. It worked with a local form to create a working model for new homes. The process has been a long one and much has been learned along the way, but as a result of the MMC homes scheme, the council has been able to reduce built time by 10-12 weeks compared to traditional construction.
Mr. Byrne said that the pilot model has enabled NBBC to deliver homes more quickly, without compromising on quality. As an added benefit, modular homes minimise disruptions to nearby residents because onsite time is reduced.