Housing Secretary hails modern methods of construction in the Midlands

8 August 2019

Housing Secretary hails modern methods of construction in the Midlands

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08 August, 2019 

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP praised local businesses in the West Midlands today (Wednesday 7 August) while visiting the LoCal Homes factory in Aldridge, Walsall – a state-of-the-art facility building the low-carbon homes of the future.

In his first visit to the Midlands as the Government’s Midlands Engine Champion, the Housing Secretary saw how modern methods of construction are transforming home building by manufacturing properties off-site which are then assembled into homes.

Homes built using modern methods of construction can be built on-site up to four times faster, with up to 80% fewer defects. Around 10% of homes were built this way in 2015.

LoCal Homes’ 56,000-square foot factory, opened in October 2018, will build 1,000 homes a year and support 70 jobs, including apprenticeships. LoCal Homes uses an off-site manufactured housing system to create low carbon, energy efficient homes.

Housing Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said: “I was delighted to visit the West Midlands, where I’m from, which is blazing a trail for the modern methods of construction that are transforming how quickly and affordably homes are built.

“As we strive to make the dream of home ownership a reality, it’s vital we build in a way that serves the needs of local communities, and the factory I’ve seen today is doing just that – delivering well-designed homes and high-quality jobs for local people.” 

Government support for Modern Methods of Construction includes investing £2.5 billion through the Home Building Fund to support builders using these techniques, and working with industry to ensure mortgages are readily available for homes built across a range of tested methods of construction.

Dr Chris Handy, Chief Executive at Accord said: “It was great to welcome Mr Jenrick to our new LoCaL Homes factory, where we have invested vastly in increasing our production capability, as we are strongly committed to build new homes using modern methods of construction.”

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