Largest affordable modular housing development in South Ayrshire, Scotland

WCN Editorial Team 9 Apr 2021 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Scotland’s largest affordable social modular housing development is set to come up in South Ayrshire and is going to provide much-required new affordable housing by Autumn 2022.

Riverside Group’s Irvine Housing Association and The Wee House Company’s Connect Modular will be delivering the £9.8m project.

Site work will begin this month at Kilmarnock Road, Dundonald. The investment includes Scottish Government funding of £4.7m.

With an overall capacity of 250 housing units, the first phase will deliver 63 new affordable homes, which will be made available to the customers of Irvine Housing Association before the end of 2021.

The development includes a blend of different housing units in the form of one-bedroom flats, two bedroom amenity bungalows and three bedroom houses.

This is the first development in South Ayrshire for Irvine Housing Association. Their earlier portfolio includes 2,000 homes throughout North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway.

Specialists in modular construction, The Wee House Company will design and fabricate all houses in their Ayrshire factory. Houses will be 90% complete in the factory itself, including bathrooms and kitchens in their final shape, and plumbing and electrics already installed, leading to a shorter construction programme and quicker occupancy.

In comparison to a traditional build project, fabrication under factory conditions is a more efficient process overall. It improves quality, reduces waste, nullifies the effects of bad weather and facilitates site preparation and build phases overlap.

The Wee House Company managing director Jennifer Higgins said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Irvine Housing Association to create such an innovative housing development. The use of modular construction improves build quality and means homes will be available for occupancy earlier. Irvine Housing’s willingness to embrace this evolution in construction has been key to the scale of the project. We are delighted that they have partnered with us, a Scottish manufacturer, to provide Scotland’s largest modular affordable housing development.”

Irvine Housing Association managing director Paul Hillard said: “This is a really exciting development for us – our first in South Ayrshire and our first modular housing project – and we’re delighted to be partnering with the Wee House Company to deliver these much-needed, innovative and greener new homes for our tenants.

“We believe it’s important to keep delivering greater capacity to meet social housing demands across Ayrshire, through projects like this that offer good value for our customers and can be delivered efficiently while keeping the standard of homes very high. We look forward to welcoming customers into their new homes.”

South Ayrshire Council Housing and Community Wellbeing portfolio holder, councillor Philip Saxton said: “This is fantastic news for Dundonald and South Ayrshire, as we look to expand affordable housing. We will be able to allocate all 63 of these homes to people on our housing waiting list, I look forward to the start of works.”

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The development includes a blend of different housing units in the form of one-bedroom flats, two bedroom amenity bungalows and three bedroom houses. Credit: Giovanni Gargiulo/Pixabay.

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