Wates Residential have been contracted, in partnership with Homeshell, by the Cardiff City Council to construct nine two-bedroom, modular homes on the former site of a laboratory on Crofts Street in in Plasnewydd, with the development plans having been approved by a planning committee.
The development is the first in Cardiff to use modular built homes while all the homes scheduled for construction will fall under the label of affordable housing. Moreover, the development was designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and AECOM, with construction arranged to start at the end of 2019
The Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Councillor Lynda Thorne stated: “The Crofts Street development will provide nine new council homes in the city and helps us on our way to building 2,000 new council homes, around 600 of which are being delivered through our Cardiff Living partnership with Wates Residential.
“We’re always looking for opportunities and new ways of developing more affordable housing to tackle growing demand in the city and to do so as quickly as possible. This exciting scheme, which will be the first time we have used a highly energy-efficient modular build system, can be delivered in considerably less time than a traditional-build project and has been awarded Welsh Government Innovative Housing Funding.”
The Cardiff Living partnership, under which the Crofts Street development has been organised, aims to construct 1,500 homes in the city within ten years as a means of tackling the rising need for housing, with 40% of the homes constructed under the scheme being reserved for council renting.
The Regional Director for Wates Residential, Edward Rees added: “It is 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.”
In order to further the affordability of these nine houses, each will possess mechanical and natural ventilation and will be energy efficient, reducing the traditional value of heating bills by 90% to reduce the likelihood of fuel poverty.
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