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Press release - 17 December 2020

Homes England appoints House by Urban Splash on 228-home Grappenhall Woods development

17 December 2020

Homes England has appointed House by Urban Splash to create 228 new homes at the Grappenhall Woods site in Warrington, extending the pair’s partnership in delivering homes using modern methods of construction (MMC).

House by Urban Splash will develop the site, which makes up the final phase of the Homes England Grappenhall Heys scheme, creating its already award winning, customisable homes, but also delivering new typologies to meet local market need.

Outline planning permission has already been granted for the project, with an online public consultation launching this week ahead of the detailed planning submission. In addition to the homes, the plans will show proposals for a central copse running through the neighbourhood, providing 2,800 sq m of green space and play areas.

The development will be the first place that House by Urban Splash homes have created in Warrington, Nathan Cornish from the company said: “We really are thrilled to have been selected by Homes England for this site where we plan to extend the existing neighbourhood, deliver more much needed homes, and bringing our innovative, modern housebuilding concept into new parts of the North West.

CGI View of plans for Grappenhall Woods

“We really are excited about this site; it’s close to our head office in Manchester but it’s a very different market, that’s why we’re planning to bring a range of new house types here.

“We’ve already been successful in doing that in places like New Islington in Manchester, Port Loop in Birmingham, Irwell Riverside in Salford and Smith’s Dock in North Shields; adding Warrington to the mix will help us reach more homeowners who want to create their own home and live well by design.”

House by Urban Splash formed its partnership with Homes England and the world’s biggest Housebuilder Sekisui House in a £90m deal in 2019; it has since been appointed on new sites across the country including Inholm Northstowe in Cambridgeshire and Wirral Waters in Merseyside.

All of the factory built homes in the company’s portfolio are created using MMC to customer specifications; plans are sent to the company’s own factory in the East Midlands before being transported to site. Nathan Cornish concluded: “The approach greatly reduces build time and is a more sustainable solution to housebuilding. We can’t wait to give local people in Grappenhall more details and look forward to engaging with the local community in the coming weeks.”

Known as Grappenhall Woods, the site will complete the transformation of Homes England land.

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