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Press release - 18 March 2021

The first House by Urban Splash homes arrive at Northstowe

18 March 2021

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.”

The first House by Urban Splash homes arrive at Northstowe

The homes are also championing MMC at Northstowe - which lower the overall waste generated from construction projects.

The modern homes also use approximately 67% less energy to build compared to an equivalent traditional built project and contain energy-saving features for homeowners including; high-quality insulation, super energy-efficient windows and LED lighting, a hot water cylinder with an integrated airforce heat pump and electric heating which is clean, emission-free.

One of South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Local Members for Northstowe, Cllr Alex Malyon, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming our first residents of Northstowe Phase 2 and excited to see the first modular houses on site. We would like to thank Urban Splash for the significant amount of community engagement they have made with local residents and hope to see this model emulated by all housebuilders.”

Northstowe is the largest new town being built since Milton Keynes was constructed. When completed, it will have more than 10,000 new homes, eight schools, a town centre and much more. It is being created by Homes England, the Government’s housing accelerator.

Mike Goulding, Homes England’s Project Director for Northstowe said: “It’s great to see the first new homes arrive at Inholm.

“These homes are the result of an ambitious partnership between Homes England, Urban Splash and Japanese modular specialist Sekisui House, and are a real statement of our intent to support MMC and deliver sustainable neighbourhoods where they’re needed most.

The first 43 homes are on the first phase known as the ‘peninsula’ and are now on sale with the first residents expected to move later this year. The whole peninsula will be completed by the end of 2021.

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