whg is set to trial modular homes after being awarded a £1m research grant.
The sum from Innovate UK funds a two-year research and development project into offsite housing construction, with hopes to trial the designs on some of its unused sites within the borough, before rolling out a wider programme of the homes.
Plans have been submitted to Walsall Council for several sites in the borough including derelict garage sites where modular homes offer an ‘ideal opportunity’ to bring them back to use.
whg have announced that they will be working in collaboration with industry experts on the project including Birmingham City University, Energy Systems Catapult, Northmill Associates, Hadley Group and QM Systems.
The project aims to explore the most effective types of Advanced Methods of Construction (AMC) and develop a working model.
whg’s CEO Gary Fulford said: “AMC offers a great opportunity to tackle the housing crisis and help us reach our target of building around 3,000 new homes in the next five years.
“These homes are quicker to build, quicker to install and a lot more energy efficient, while still maintaining the high quality of our traditional new builds.
“By collaborating with experts from across different industries we will be exploring the best ways to design, manufacture and assemble homes using these new building techniques.
“This exciting project will see us work towards creating high performing houses that can address the rising demand for homes both locally and nationwide.”
Subject to planning permission, whg hopes to have the first homes in place later this year.