An innovative pilot scheme which will see the first modular homes built as part of Cardiff Council’s flagship housebuilding programme has been given the go-ahead by Planning Committee. The 100% affordable housing project on Crofts Street in Plasnewydd will see nine, two-bedroom homes built for council rent.
The scheme is a part of the 10-year ‘Cardiff Living’ partnership between national developer Wates Residential and Cardiff Council to deliver around 1,500 homes across the city to help tackle the growing demand for housing.
The project will be delivered through Wates Residential and Homeshell, a joint venture between architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and AECOM. Work on the brownfield site, previously a former laboratory, is expected to start later this year.
Edward Rees, Regional Director for Wates Residential, said: “It’s fantastic to see consent given to this affordable housing project, which is part of our long-term partnership with Cardiff Council. The modular design will increase energy efficiency and shorten our time on site, helping to reduce emissions and disruption for existing residents. This is just one of the ways innovative solutions can help tackle the growing demand for housing and we look forward to working with the council to deliver more homes over the coming months and years.”
Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said: “The Crofts Street development will provide nine new council homes in the city, and helps us on our way to building 2,000 new council homes, around 600 of which are being delivered through our Cardiff Living partnership with Wates Residential. We’re always looking for opportunities and new ways of developing more affordable housing to tackle growing demand in the city and to do so as quickly as possible. This exciting scheme, which will be the first time we have used a highly energy-efficient modular build system, can be delivered in considerably less time than a traditional-build project and has been awarded Welsh Government Innovative Housing Funding. The advantages of the scheme include reduced energy bills for tenants, helping to combat fuel poverty, while the amount of construction time on site is significantly reduced, which is an obvious benefit for people living in the community around the development.”
John Lewis, Head of Commercial – Buildings + Places, AECOM, said: “The Crofts Street scheme is advancing the development of social and affordable housing, using innovative design to create high-performance residential solutions for people in Cardiff. We’re excited to bring our collaboration with Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners to Cardiff Council, working with Wates Residential to deliver the scheme and show what is possible when applying high-quality, precision-engineered, modular techniques to help meet the UK’s acute demand for new housing.”
Andrew Partridge, Associate Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners said: “This is a great opportunity to work with Cardiff Council, with the support of WDA and facilitated by Wates, in setting a new benchmark for Council housing in the UK.”