The project comprises two modular housing developments in Grantham, valued at a total of £2.1m, which will provide social housing for the local authority.
Works commenced at the two developments – Kinoulton Court and Earlesfield Lane – late last year, and the plots were completed earlier this summer.
The 2,200 sq ft Earlesfield development comprises a block of four one-bedroom semi-detached apartments, while Kinoulton Court is made up of a 5,400 sq ft housing development containing 10 one-bedroom apartments shared between two separate blocks.
The modular homes were delivered by lorry to the Lincolnshire site before being slotted into prepared foundations fitted with functioning pipe works and electrics.
Works on both South Kesteven plots involved clearance of the sites, as Earlesfield was a small car park and Kinoulton Court was deemed underutilised land.
Prior to the installation of the modular units by supply chain partners Premier Modular Ltd, a full enabling groundworks package was required for each plot – with foundations, drainage, and a protective ground gas membrane.
The homes were then roofed and cladded on-site, before the execution of external works such as carparking and landscaping gardens.
External elevations were fitted with insulation and brick slips.
The traditional timber truss roofs and slate tiling was finished on-site due to restrictions on transporting overly large modular building sections through narrow residential streets.
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Social housing need
Craig Stopper, framework manager at G F Tomlinson, said: “We are pleased to have delivered this critical modular housing scheme in the region, to facilitate the fundamental need for social housing for South Kesteven District Council.
“The modular housing plots were completed on-time and to a high standard which is a testament to our project teams and local supply chain partners, who have quickly adapted to the new guidelines which have been introduced as a result of the pandemic, to ensure safe working and social distancing on site.
“We are certainly seeing an increase in the demand for modular construction as an energy efficient, comprehensive solution for social housing, that provides high-quality, affordable, easily accessible and adaptable accommodation.
“As modular sites are relatively unaffected by environmental delays such as bad weather – less logistical transport is required for materials which is more environmentally friendly and generates less waste.”
The project was procured through the Scape Regional Construction framework.
Mark Robinson, chief executive of the group, said: “The UK’s housing shortage needs to be addressed with speed and efficiency, so it’s exciting to see G F Tomlinson and South Kesteven District Council using our Regional Construction framework and innovative modular construction methods to do just that.
“We take great pride in helping them to deliver a regional first strategy that will be of huge benefit to local communities.”
Main image: Completed modular homes on Earlesfield Lane, Grantham, Lincolnshire. Credit: G F Tomlinson
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