Housing association opens offsite factory targeting 1,000 homes per year

A housing association-owned company has opened an offsite building plant at its Walsall factory, designed to produce more than 1,000 new homes a year. 

The 56,000 sq ft facility was opened today by housing minister Kit Malthouse.
LoCaL Homes, which owns the factory, is part of Accord Housing Association, and the Walsall plant is a £1m investment expected to create 75 jobs and increase Accord’s delivery of new homes by 300% to more than 1,000 a year.

The minister said: “Innovation is crucial to delivering the homes communities need, which is why £2.5bn of our Home Building Fund provides support for modern methods of construction.”

Dr Christopher Handy, chief executive of Accord, said: “The knowledge and experience the team has been developing since the launch of our first factory over seven years ago means we have been constantly innovating and improving when it comes to providing the homes the country needs quickly, without compromising on quality.”

Dr Handy said the factory had been designed to a replicable model that could be used by housing and local authorities across the country.
He added: “I am immensely proud that we’ve been able to create career opportunities for local people as well as creating affordable, beautiful homes that people love to live in.”
The project also received funding from Homes England and the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership.

Original link - Inside Housing

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