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Look what's dropped in: your very own home; modern prefabs sprout up in city to help meet urgent need.

Byline: LIAM THORP Political Editor @LIAMTHORPECHO

A NEW type of house is being built and quite literally dropped into Liverpool.

Like many cities, Liverpool has an urgent need for housing - which has prompted the council to start building new homes for the first time in 30 years.

A range of new homes are required - and one housing association is using a novel approach to help meet that need.

Using innovative technology, South Liverpool Homes (SLH) is bringing pre-built modular homes to the Speke area.

Four of the three-bedroom homes were built off-site in Yorkshire by modular construction company Ilke Homes, before being transported to the 119-home development on Greenway Road - and installed in two days.

Although the three-bedroom homes have been built using modern methods of construction, they look exactly the same as the other traditionally built homes on the site and will be ready to move into in a matter of weeks.

South Liverpool Homes said the sustainable homes will offer low running costs for tenants and will enable the housing association to meet the increased demands for homes in the area at a quicker pace of delivery.

Director of investment and assurance at SLH, Claire Ryan, said: "We are thrilled to be working with Ilke Homes and Keepmoat Homes on this pilot which are the first modular homes to be built for South Liverpool Homes.

"Using this modern method of construction offers real benefits to us as a housing association and to our customers - it enables us to build homes at an accelerated pace, reduce our impact on the environment while also offering customers high-quality homes where they could save up to 20% on their fuel bills.

"We will continue to explore how we can use this innovative construction method on this and other schemes.

"The Greenway development is our single biggest housing development in Speke to date," continued Claire. "We are committed to building quality homes for affordable rent and home ownership which will help meet the needs of current and future generations in south Liverpool: using this modular construction method alongside traditional construction methods will help us achieve this."

Your views Email us " Ilke homes area delivery partner of Keepmoat Homes who are building the 119 two, three and fourbedroom homes on a former school site on Greenway Road, aiming to transform the area int a thriving community. The mixed tenure development consists of 109 homes for affordable rent and 10 homes for rent-to- buy - a Government scheme which aims to ease the transition from renting to buying.

Regional managing director at Keepmoat Homes, Gareth Roberts, said: "The Greenway is an exciting development which will see much-needed high-quality new homes made available to the people of Liverpool through mixed tenure by SLH. We're delighted to be working in partnership with SLH, and that, together with our delivery partner, Ilke Homes, we are able to bring these first modular homes to the area."

at " The Greenway development is funded by Homes England and is expected to be completed by spring, 2021. SLH plans to build over 240 new


The new modular homes are made off-site and dropped in to a new housing development in Speke

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 6, 2019
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