Legal & General (L&G) has unveiled its first turn-key modular housing prototype as the company continues its efforts to help combat the housing shortage in the UK.
The modular housing prototype which is situated outside the 550,000 square foot L&G factory near Leeds, is a two-storey, two bedroom property. The company is presently exploring several different designs, and hopes to deliver its first such residences in the first half of 2018.
The Leeds site, which has eight production lines, has the capacity to produce literally thousands of new properties per year, offering employment to hundreds of local people.
In terms of quickness and efficiency, modular building is superior to traditional housebuilding, as it can deliver homes of a consistently high quality in a matter of weeks instead of years. Precision-engineered homes are created in a factory environment, ensuring accurate build, in controlled conditions and using state-of-the-art materials and methods.
The manufacturing process is energy-efficient and will be carried out by trained and qualified workforce. Using cross-laminated timber, or CLT for short, delivers additional environmental benefits by storing a tonne of Co2 in every cubic metre of CLT used to construct each home. Consequently, each property represents a sustainable and economically viable solution to deliver the capacity that the industry needs.