Wates secures approval for modular housing scheme in Cardiff, UK

WCN Editorial Team 22 Aug 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

British company Wates Residential has secured approval from the Cardiff Council planning committee for the construction of the first pilot modular homes under the council’s house-building programme.

The 100% affordable housing project, to be developed on Crofts Street in Plasnewydd, is part of a 10-year ‘Cardiff Living’ partnership between Wates Residential and Cardiff Council.

Under the affordable housing project, nine two-bedroom homes will be constructed for council rent.

The Crofts Street project will be the first pilot modular scheme under the ‘Cardiff Living’ partnership, which will deliver 1,500 homes across the city.

Modular housing involves off-site designing and manufacturing in controlled conditions, reducing time on site and ensuring high levels of sustainability and energy efficiency.

All homes proposed in Plasnewydd will feature mechanical and natural ventilation, and annual heating bills are expected to be 90% less than traditional builds.

Wates Residential and Homeshell, a joint venture between architect Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Aecom, will deliver the project.

Work on the brownfield site is expected to commence later in 2019.

In October 2018, the scheme secured an Innovative Housing Programme grant from the Welsh Government to support innovation in construction. The Design Commission for Wales has also reviewed the project.

Under the ‘Cardiff Living’ project, 40% of homes will be council homes available to rent through the allocations process or to buy through the council’s Home Assisted Ownership scheme.

Wates Residential and Cardiff Council have also made a joint pledge to create employment and training opportunities for local residents. These include on-site apprenticeships, placements and structured training programmes.

Wates Residential regional director Edward Rees said: “It’s fantastic to see consent given to this affordable housing project, which is part of our long-term partnership with Cardiff Council.

“The modular design will increase energy efficiency and shorten our time on site, helping to reduce emissions and disruption for existing residents.

“This is just one of the ways innovative solutions can help tackle growing demand for housing and we look forward to working with the council to deliver more homes over the coming months and years.”

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Image: Wates Residential secures approval for modular housing scheme in Cardiff, UK. Photo: Courtesy of Wates.

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