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Off-site home factories project confirmed

Off-site home factories project confirmed

A £2.5 billion project to construct six off-site home factories has been confirmed.

The UK government has helped broker a deal between The China National Building Material Company and Warrington-based housing association Your Housing Group for the project, with a series of eco-friendly flat-pack homes set to be constructed in a range of projects across the country.

The first construction work will take place on the new factories themselves, with the six sites yet to be chosen. Possible locations in Scotland, Wales, the north-east, north-west, Yorkshire, the Midlands, the south-west and south-east are all under consideration.
Designed by Spanish company Barcelona Housing Systems, the homes will be built using a panel system with steel frames and energy-efficient materials. Working in conjunction with green energy firm WElink, they will be fitted with solar panels and will produce 75 per cent of the electricity in the developments.

The factories will be able to produce up to 25,000 homes a year when all of them are complete by 2022, and six projects are currently being planned. The first of these, in Liverpool, is expected to receive planning permission as early as next month and will involve 2,000 homes.

Commenting on the investment, international trade minister Greg Hands MP said: "This is a clear endorsement of the UK’s attractiveness as a place for inward investment. This announcement has the potential to benefit local communities across the country, creating jobs, boosting local economies and creating homes.

"The Department for International Trade has worked closely with the consortium to highlight the strengths of the UK and played a fundamental role in bringing together the partners in this exciting joint venture."

Off-site assembly is proving an increasingly popular means of tackling the housing crisis. Last month, it was revealed that a whole tower block was to be constructed in this way by build-to-rent specialist Essential Living. It has recently secured £60 million of funding for the 23-storey Creekside Wharf tower, which will feature 249 apartments.

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