Member organisation Torus has been delivering modular homes since 2016. Credit: via Thorne PR

JV North names eight to £560m MMC framework

A North West housebuilding consortium has appointed eight modular contractors to build off-site homes for members.

JV North, which has 12 housing association and local authority members covering Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire, added the construction companies to its modern methods of construction framework, which runs until 2026.

The approved companies are:

  • Adston UK
  • Claritas Group
  • IDMH
  • Multi Build UK
  • PLP Construction
  • Casey Group
  • TopHat Communities
  • Seddon Construction

TopHat has announced its intention to build Europe’s largest modular homes facility in Corby, a 650,000 sq ft factory due for completion by the end of 2023.

JV North members will advertise its MMC schemes on the Dynamic Purchasing System portal to invite bids.

Wayne Gales, chairman of JV North, said: “The housing crisis demands responsible homebuilders like our members to think differently and innovate wherever they can.

“If we can find new techniques that streamline the homebuilding process the number of new homes will compound significantly when adopted on a large scale. The greater the volume, the more efficient MMC becomes.”

JV North, which dates back to 2007, has been looking for progress with modular for some years, with Torus building a 33-home modular scheme in Liverpool in 2016, which at the time was thought to be largest off-site development delivered by a social housing landlord in the UK.

In addition, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group completed a five-home modular scheme supported by Homes England which it calculated reduced waste by 80% by being built in a factory.

JV North members include Bury Council, Johnnie Johnson Housing, One Manchester, Peaks & Plains Housing Trust, Muir Group, Plus Dane Housing, Sovini, Stockport Homes, Torus, Trafford Housing Trust, Weaver Vale Housing Trust and Wythenshawe Community Housing Group.

Consortium members are due to build more than 4,000 homes in the 2021-26 Affordable Homes Programme on top of more than 4,550 delivered in the 2016-21 programme.

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This is a potentially interesting concept, and will certainly reduce the costs of construction. The real issue is whether these mass-produced developments can be sufficiently attractive to prove acceptable to local communities. If the picture is anything to go by, they fall a long way short of any national ambition to create beautiful communities.

By Anonymous

This is a great step forward … or should be! Only a couple of those listed are actually “modular” providers, such as TopHat. Those like TopHat, L&G, Ilke, etc, do provide quality and aesthetically pleasing houses.

By Anon

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