The first new modular rented homes backed by the government’s housing agency Homes England have been craned into place in the UK’s next new town.

Global housebuilder Sekisui House has joined forces with the agency’s property developer Urban Splash to supply 406 Modern Method of Construction (MMC) town houses at Northstowe near Cambridge.

The homes are created in an East Midlands factory before being driven to the site where they are assembled in only a few days.

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Each takes about 67% less energy to construct compared with traditional builds and contain energy-saving features such as high-quality insulation, super energy-efficient windows and LED lighting, hot water cylinder with integrated airforce heat pump and clean, emission-free electric heating.

Andrew Cross (pictured below), project lead for house by Urban Splash at Northstowe, says: “By the time the homes arrive on-site for finishing touches a lot of the major groundworks and messy work has been completed.

“The homes are also delivered in batches of around six to nine homes, so we can also complete a street scene much quicker for when homeowners start to arrive and occupy their new home.”

The new ‘urban village’ will offer a mix of homes for sale and rent, from two and three-storey town houses to starter homes, mansion house apartments and later living facilities, and should be completed by the end of 2021.

Homes England aims to support smaller housebuilders and developers adopt MMC to increase the pace of construction, improve quality and energy efficiency and create a more diverse housing sector.

Inholm is one of a number of sites that will form part of its study into the performance of different types of MMC construction technologies.

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