The first House by Urban Splash homes arrive at Northstowe
Residents in Cambridgeshire could soon be living in state-of-the-art homes as the first-ever precision-built ‘modular’ homes are craned into place at Northstowe. The new neighbourhood - known as Inholm - is located next to the new Education Campus and where the Town Centre will be located.
The Town House homes are designed by twice-winners of ‘architect of the year’ shedkm, then built in the House factory before being delivered to Northstowe.
Customers can choose the internal layouts of Town House before being precision-built in the company’s factory, fitted with bathrooms and kitchens and delivered and assembled in just a few days.
This method combines an interactive customer design experience and allows high-quality control through multiple manufacturing checks and balances at each stage before leaving the factory.
Andrew Cross, Project Lead for House by Urban Splash at Northstowe explains: “From a construction point of view, the speed largely comes from the timing of the groundworks and the factory works happening at the same time rather than in sequence like they would on a traditional building site.”
He continues: “The benefits for residents being that by the point at which the homes arrive on-site for finishing touches a lot of the major groundworks and messy work has completed. The homes are also delivered in batches of around six to nine homes, so we can also complete a street scene much quicker for when homeowners start to arrive and occupy their new home.”
Inholm is already an award-winning neighbourhood within the new town of Northstowe; it will comprise 406 new homes offering a variety of choice including a new semi-detached Town House designed especially for Northstowe.
Chris Shaw, delivery director for House by Urban Splash explained: “We really are pleased to bring our first homes to Inholm. Each of these Town House homes has been created to the highest quality standards in our factory; we then carefully transport each floor - known as a module - to site via road, before craning it into place.
“We’ve been pioneering this concept for a few years now, delivering homes in this way to customers in Manchester, Birmingham, North Shields and Salford. It’s great to extend that offering and bring the first modular homes to this new neighbourhood. We cannot wait to see customers move in here and for this new community to flourish as a great place to live, work and play.”
South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Lead Cabinet Member for Planning, Cllr Dr.Tumi Hawkins, said: “I’m pleased our Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service is continuing to work with partners like Urban Splash to bring forward the right homes in the right places. Homes built using modern methods of construction are quicker to build, better for the environment and will help keep energy bills for residents as low as possible – resulting in homes that are genuinely affordable to live in. This is one of our key Business Plan priorities and I’m looking forward to seeing the modular homes become established in our district.”