Swan launches modular housing

Swan Housing Association took the keys to its new factory in Basildon earlier in 2017.

The factory will produce cross-laminated timber (CLT) modular homes under Swan's 'NU build' brand.

Initially these homes will be at Beechwood Village, as part of Swan's regeneration project of the former Craylands Estate, which is being delivered in partnership with the council and the Homes and Communities Agency.

CLT is a sustainable construction material that uses soft timber grown in managed forests. Every tree used is replaced, and, when used in construction, it locks away carbon rather than omitting more, as in traditional construction methods.

The first homes are due to be delivered at Beechwood towards the end of 2017.

Geoff Pearce, executive director development and regeneration at Swan, said: "We are convinced that this method will enable us to deliver modern high quality homes that people will want to live in, whilst supporting the economy in our core geographical base, building local and national expertise in manufacturing and supporting the UK modular industry."

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