Chief executive of Fusion21 and co-director of CoreHaus, Dave Neilson, was recently featured in the Liverpool Daily Post to talk about CoreHaus.
Dave discusses the problems currently faced by the UK affordable housing market, why a solution is desperately needed and then introduces CoreHaus as that solution.
For those not in the Liverpool area, you can read the article below to find out what the benefits of modular builds are, how the product is both innovative and efficient and why it’s all in a name with CoreHaus:
Dave Neilson, Chief Executive at Fusion21, on a new transformational solution to deliver low carbon, affordable homes.
As the housing sector continues to face rising demand for new homes, Fusion21 have teamed up with housing development specialists, Carlton & Co, to create a new housing solution called CoreHaus in response to a growing problem in delivery of new housing.
Research shows that, by 2020, we will need to build 330,000 new homes per year just to keep pace with our population. Currently, in England, that target is 250,000 a year. The problem is that we’re achieving less than half that, with just over 112,000 homes built last year. With such a massive and increasing undersupply we cannot continue with just traditional construction methods – we need to increase productivity through a different approach to delivering new housing.
A company registered in Liverpool; CoreHaus takes the “bathroom pod” concept, favoured by constructers of hotels and student accommodation, to the next level. At its most basic it is an energy efficient housing “pod”, assembled in factory controlled conditions. It is designed to speed up build time, reduce cost and offer flexibility in design.
The name CoreHaus comes from the key feature of the product – a factory assembled standardised ‘core’ which houses a pre-finished kitchen, downstairs toilet, staircase, bathroom and central electrical and heating equipment. As a result, 80% of the commonly-problematic construction processes are taken care of in a factory; resulting in a 50% reduction in onsite construction time. This ‘core’ is delivered to the site, craned into position and then wrapped with a specialist timber panel system to form the living rooms and bedrooms.
CoreHaus offers a unique, aspirational style, designed for affordable rent, private rent and private ownership. With both urban and rural ranges, the ‘modular’ core is flexible enough to shape 2, 3 or 4 bedroom homes.
CoreHaus is in detailed discussion with a number of, Liverpool based, social landlords which will see the product assembled and delivered in the city very soon.
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