More than 30 modular apartments for young people who struggle to find good quality, affordable homes have been created in just 12 weeks by Integra Buildings
Integra Buildings manufactured the self-contained modular apartments in its production facilities in East Yorkshire.
The units were then transported by lorry to Bristol, where they were assembled to create Launchpad – a modular pilot project designed to help address a growing housing crisis in the city.
The single-person modular apartments will be available to young people aged 18-30 who are looking to leave student rentals, supported housing or over-priced accommodation.
Integra is now completing the on-site installation of plumbing, power and broadband, with the homes expected to be ready to move into this autumn.
United Communities, the housing association leading the pioneering project, believes the modular apartments could be the forerunner for new housing solutions locally and nationally.
Integra technical director, Mike Marriott, said: “Everyone should have access to good quality, affordable accommodation and this project has enabled us to be part of meeting this basic need for young people in a city where housing problems are acute.
“It brings together our expertise and capability in designing and manufacturing robust steel shell units and modular internal fit-outs. That combination has created comfortable and appealing homes, with the desired industrial external appearance.
“The apartments are constructed and equipped to very high standards and comply fully with domestic building regulations. We’re very proud to have played our part in such an innovative and inspirational project addressing a fundamental social need.”
The initial concept for Launchpad was to convert shipping containers, but it was decided these would be too small and restrictive. Instead, Integra was commissioned to design and manufacture a bespoke version of the shipping container concept, including a larger floor space and higher ceilings.
Integra design technician, Sam Treadaway, added: “Shipping containers are very restrictive – instead we’ve created a bespoke product. It’s much larger, with higher ceilings and big windows, to bring in a lot more light, and to meet stringent building regulations, including insulation standards.
“Because it’s fully bespoke, we’ve been able to design the interiors to a much higher specification. These units are self-contained studio apartments, ready for people to move in.
“This has been a very positive project to be involved in and demonstrates the potential of modular construction in tackling important social and welfare issues.”