SOME recently built council homes in Newcastle – the first of their kind in the city – are proving a hit with their new residents.
The properties, situated on Somerset Place in the Elswick area, make the most of modern methods of construction.
The sections were manufactured by modular homes specialist ilke before being assembled on site by construction firm ENGIE.
The two-bedroom homes are a pilot project looking at the benefits of using modern construction methods on time, budget and energy use.
“We love the house,” said Mr Miakhail, who recently moved into one of the homes with his family. “We have so much space and a garden for our son to play in. It’s everything we were hoping for.”
Neighbour Ms Kahesay added “It’s a lovely house in a lovely place with lovely neighbours – I couldn’t have asked for more.”
The residents were welcomed to their new home by Newcastle City Council’s cabinet member for housing, Councillor Linda Hobson.
“The council is always looking at new, innovative building methods and 100 years after we started building council houses in Newcastle. I think these homes are a fantastic example of what we can achieve when we think about things differently,” she said.
“It’s hard to believe that homes of this standard can be built in just six weeks. What surprised me most is how easily the internal layout can be adapted at the design stage to meet the diverse needs of residents which means that houses that look the same from the outside can be very different when you step inside.”
Paul Young, ENGIE’s operations manager, said: “It’s a pleasure to join partners and help mark the completion of this project and see that these innovative modular houses have already become comfortable homes for families from across Newcastle.
“We are the leading provider of regeneration services in the UK and were pleased to be appointed to such a unique project, which saw homes built off-site in a factory and brought to the site in Newcastle for us to simply crane into place. With most of the work already completed away from site, it’s allowed us to look at the benefits of modern methods of construction. We very much hope that each and every new tenant enjoys their new home at Somerset Place.”
Jen Vinton, assistant director of strategic asset management at Your Homes Newcastle (YHN), said: “YHN is very proud to be involved in such an innovative project. Embracing new construction methods and technology and moving away from traditional bricks and mortar in this pilot project has provided us with some key learning and provided some fantastic new homes for our customers.
“The new homes are bright, modern and energy efficient, which will have a big impact on tackling fuel poverty and reducing energy bills. We are all delighted the new residents are so happy with their new homes.”