Urban Splash brings modular housing to Warrington
The developer’s off-site manufactured units are coming to the town for the first time after its House division was appointed by Homes England to deliver more than 200 homes at Grappenhall Heys.
House by Urban Splash will create 228 units at the Grappenhall Woods site in Warrington, using modern methods of construction. This marks the final phase of Homes England’s Grappenhall Heys scheme. There will be new typologies to meet local market need as well as existing models from the core range of House designs.
The project team features masterplanner Feilden Clegg Bradley, architect shedkm, landscape architect Planit-IE, as well as multidisciplinary consultant Ramboll, SK Transport as the transport advisor and Avison Young are the planning consultant.
There is outline planning consent for the project, and an online public consultation launches this week ahead of the detailed planning submission.
In addition to the homes, there is a central copse proposed that would run through the neighbourhood, providing 30,000 sq ft of green space and play areas.
The development will be the first place that House by Urban Splash homes have created in Warrington.
Nathan Cornish, director of Urban Splash, said: “We really are thrilled to have been selected by Homes England for this site where we plan to extend the existing neighbourhood, deliver more much-needed homes, and bringing our innovative, modern housebuilding concept into new parts of the North West.
“We really are excited about this site; it’s close to our head office in Manchester but it’s a very different market, that’s why we’re planning to bring a range of new house types here.
“We’ve already been successful in doing that in places like New Islington in Manchester, Port Loop in Birmingham, Irwell Riverside in Salford and Smith’s Dock in North Shields; adding Warrington to the mix will help us reach more homeowners who want to create their own home and live well by design.”
House by Urban Splash formed its partnership with Homes England and the world’s biggest Housebuilder Sekisui House in a £90m deal in 2019; it has since been appointed on new sites across the country including Inholm Northstowe in Cambridgeshire and Wirral Waters in Merseyside.
All of the factory built homes in the company’s portfolio are created using MMC to customer specifications; plans are sent to the company’s own factory in the East Midlands before being transported to site.
Cornish concluded: “The approach greatly reduces build time and is a more sustainable solution to housebuilding. We can’t wait to give local people in Grappenhall more details and look forward to engaging with the local community in the coming weeks.”