The Lockies

A Together Housing Group development is leading the way in house building, according to recommendations in a government White Paper released today.

Together Housing Group, who are building eight bungalows at The Lockies, South Kirby, have been pioneering modular house building, where components are built in factories and later assembled on site.  The Government paper, released by the Department for Communities and Local Government today, says that increasing the speed of house-building is essential and modular house-building is seen as a key approach in addressing this need, as well as diversifying the market.

The Group have been working with OSCO Homes, a Manchester based Social Enterprise that works with ex-offenders and prisoners awaiting release to train them in construction techniques.  The modules are built in their factory near Manchester and then assembled on site in Yorkshire.

Kevin Ruth, Deputy Chief Executive at Together Housing Group, said that innovative approaches to construction are needed to meet increasing housing needs, “As one of the largest social landlords in the North of England, we know that more people than ever need homes that they can afford to buy or rent and that they need them quickly.  The Government rightly point out that modular housing is effective at keeping costs down and speed up without compromising quality, which is why we’ve been delighted to work with OSCO at The Lockies development."

Mike Brogan, CEO of Procure Plus, which wholly own OSCO Homes, said that the company are always looking at how house building can make a social impact: “People need affordable homes, construction needs more skilled professionals and ex-offenders need skills development and employment.  Our model helps meet all of these needs and, by working with Together Housing Group, we’ve been able to deliver on all of those.”

The bungalows are being built for affordable rent and should be on the market later this year.