A modular factory in Leeds has set itself targets of delivering 3,500 homes a year once fully operational, in a latest bid to deliver the North’s ‘much needed’ homes.
During a visit to the site today (16th of January), Housing Minister Esther McVey met with apprentices at the Legal & General Modular Academy, who are learning new skills in modern methods of construction to deliver the homes.
As reported by 24housing in October last year, McVey used an address to delegates in Sheffield to launch the government’s Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) ‘centre of excellence’ in the North.
The initiative is said to potentially create a new network of people, connected in their aim to boost the use of MMC while sharing ideas and future uses.
It also marks the latest step in the government’s drive to make the North of England the “world-leader” in the creation of modern, green homes – creating the ‘Construction Corridor’ that runs from Leeds to Liverpool.
On her visit, McVey said: “I want the UK to become the world leader in modular homes within the next 10 years, with safety, quality, and choice at its heart.
“Homes built using modern methods can be of higher quality, greener, and built to last.
“With our emphasis on safety, quality, and beauty, the North of England could be the global leader in modern methods of construction.
“Today’s announcement shows Leeds is wasting no time in investing in new technology and getting Britain building.”
Rosie Toogood, CEO of Legal & General Modular Homes, added: “What we are doing at Legal & General Modular Homes is groundbreaking.
“We have taken a high-tech engineering approach to developing our product range, designing and manufacturing homes in a truly innovative way that will transform the way homes are built in the UK.
“As a Group, Legal & General takes a holistic view on the built environment. We are delivering economic and social solutions for towns and cities through regional regeneration.
“We believe modular manufacturing is vital to delivering much needed homes, alongside supporting new skilled jobs and productivity growth for the UK.”