Modular Homes Expansion
£6m for Factory Built Homes
400 homes in 4 months target
First Fix Installed
UK Roll-Out with 3,000 p.a. first phase
Size & Jobs
Possibly 40% Faster On-Site Build
15% Procurement Cost Saving
Factories Needed for Quality+++
To do well against the little box builders, Countryside need to get sufficient development land and/or contracts. But then so do all the others piling into volumetric and modular housing, like L&G, IKEA, and the Chinese. They’re all piling into this new ‘Gold Rush’ for good reasons; massive perceived demand, worsening on-site skills shortage, the greater accuracy, reduced waste and the higher quality that factories can deliver. And, of course, the potential to add more ‘Smart’ home features and deliver lower cost accommodation.
But then those of you already using Timber Frame know this.
DfMA to the fore!
To realise these benefits does, of course, need the architectural designer to understand not just that Timber Frame is lighter, but the way in which such buildings work as a structure. In turn this requires an appreciation of the way they are manufactured. Transported and assembled on-site. All of this entails a shift in thinking to what is now increasingly referred to as DfMA - Design for Manufacture & Assembly. This is already available via established ‘Off-Site’ manufacturers and is quickly and easily incorporated into procedures and processes of building and development. Better still, you can make partnering arrangements with such manufacturers to gain all round benefits.
Technologically ‘SMART’ Homes
As Off-Site Construction matures into DfMA it is clearly at the forefront in turning construction workers into technical deliverer and enablers for such delivery. At the same time it is exceptionally well placed to incorporate rapidly increasing demand from buyers for their new homes to be ‘Smart’, e.g. by the incorporation of energy saving and TIoT (the internet of things) to deliver major components.
Greater Speed, Accuracy, Quality and Lower Costs via Collaborative Partnering
Greater collaborative ‘partnering’ between architects, builders and manufacturers will accomplish this The greater speed, accuracy and quality that can result from manufacturing components in a dry, controlled factory environment, together with the ability tom incorporate (yet to be invented) ‘Smart Ware’ gives home builders perhaps the only way of achieving this, together with improved on-site build quality AND controlling costs.
While resistance to the change to DfMA has been the norm, the wish of most UK Builders to deliver excellent customer service and top notch homes is now driving an increasing number to choose Off-Site for their developments. Also, as ‘OffSite Hub” note, architects and designers are moving toward DfMA, something w have been encouraging for over 20 years. The emergence of LA Developers will only speed up this process.
Easy Timber Frame
To assist them in doing so our “Easy Timber Frame “ now offers standard size modular timber frame elements for them to use as a design base, cutting down on technical design and engineering to produce win-win results.