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Mayor views potential housing solutions.

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street was given a guided tour of a Black Country-based modular housing company Totally Modular, which is hoping to contribute to the region's ambitions to increase housing output.

Managing director of Totally Modular, John Connolly, and operations director, Mick Pettitt, guided the Mayor around the company's Cradley Heath headquarters, where he was able to see a range of house types suitable for single occupants or families and met some of the skilled staff who design, construct and install them on sites around the country.

The company's volumetric building method allows 97 per cent of its homes to be completed off-site, before being transported to their permanent locations. It can then take as little as 48 hours from arriving on site, being put in place, and connected to utilities before welcoming its new residents.

Mr Street said: ""It was great to visit Totally Modular and see first-hand their innovative house-building methods. The West Midlands Combined Authority is committed to tackling homelessness and increasing the number of homes being built in the region and it has been really helpful to talk with Totally Modular about new ways we can do this."

The Mayor was accompanied on the visit by David Warburton, head of land and development at the West Midlands Combined Authority, who said: "It was of great inter-est to see how the company can create much needed quality housing, suitable for a range of people, in such a short time. I think modular homes could really speed up the entire process, and should be seriously considered by all housing providers.

"The WMCA is committed to embracing the benefits of modular construction leading to an enhanced delivery in terms of speed, quality and cost with a view to making the West Midlands the epicentre of the UK's offsite construction sector."

Totally Modular is looking to expand its operations throughout the West Midlands, and hopes to create up to 450 jobs in each of its regional facilities, through direct employ-ment and with local supply chain partners.

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Publication:Express and Star (Wolverhampton, England)
Date:Jun 25, 2019
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