Modular developer M-AR and housing association Housing 21 have come together to mark a major milestone on their latest housing development.
When finished, the development will be the largest net-zero volumetric modular retirement living scheme in England.
The ceremony – which was attended by members of Doncaster Council, representatives from Housing 21, and several neighbouring residents – marked the beginning of the second major phase of construction, with the first modules being craned into site at Patent House and Patent Walk in Doncaster.
The remaining modules are now ready to be craned in and accurately on site by teams from both M-AR and specialist logistics partner Lift and Locate.
All 64 modules that make up the eight retirement living bungalows and three-storey retirement living apartment block have been constructed offsite in M-AR’s factory in Hull.
The modules are delivered to site completely finished, right down to the electrics, plumbing, and interior paintwork.
The M-AR site team will then complete the project with external cladding and landscaping.
When finished, the development will comprise six one-bedroom and six two-bedroom apartments alongside the eight bungalows, with the homes due to be ready for residents to move into next spring.
‘Feeling of community’
Deborah Hope, head of Development at Housing 21, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Doncaster Council to deliver our retirement living scheme Patent House and Patent Walk.
“This new development will provide much needed, high-quality accommodation to support local older people and their changing needs.
“One of the benefits of this kind of scheme is the connection to and feeling of community and being able to interact socially in a safe space that is comfortable for you.”
Cabinet member for Housing and Business Glyn Jones said: “As part of the five year Housing Delivery Plan, we’re always looking to improve our housing offer to older people and those within our communities with physical disabilities.
“These new homes meet those objectives and local residents will benefit massively.
“We are currently facing a cost-of-living crisis, and with residents struggling with rising costs, these homes will focus on affordable rents and energy efficiency whilst also protecting and enhancing the natural environment through sustainable development.”
He added: “New housing developments, either via our own council build programme or facilitated through our housing association partners, will be delivered in a way that meets the needs of our residents but also respects our environment, with the aim to deliver new, well designed, energy efficient and affordable homes that match needs across the borough.”
Mark Fox, Manufacturing director at M-AR, said: “We’re proud to be working in partnership with Housing 21 once again on this, our third project with the team, as their ethos and values align perfectly with ours.
“It’s great to have the opportunity to pause during a project like this and celebrate what we’ve achieved so far – the craning-in ceremony also gave Housing 21 the chance to watch the project quickly take shape on site, having already seen the modules on the production line in our factory a few short months ago.
“As well as increasing the speed of installation and limiting disruption to the local residents around the site during construction, opting for a modular offsite build is also more sustainable, allowing us to achieve net-zero status on a large scheme like this too.”
Image: A module being craned in at M-AR and Housing 21’s Doncaster retirement living project
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