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City's first modular homes welcome new tenants

Published Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Citizen’s first two modular homes have officially been completed and are ready for new residents. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held to mark the completion of the Littlethorpe development and officials were given a chance to have a look around the properties. The homes were constructed in the Totally Modular factory in Cradley Heath and transported on the back of a truck to Willenhall, Coventry.

Modular Housing
First modular housing scheme craned into position

The homes include a two-bedroom property and a three-bedroom property and could be the first of many across the West Midlands.
Director of Development at Citizen, Richard Whittaker, said: “It’s brilliant these homes have been completed and we are handing them over to residents.
“We hope that the people who move into these homes thoroughly enjoy living there.
“The Littlethorpe site was small which is why we chose to build modular homes here and build off site. Traditional builds would have been too disruptive here.
“We hope these homes will be the first of many across the West Midlands.”
 
The two homes were built on the site of a former scout hut in partnership with Totally Modular and Coventry City Council.
 Each home costs £134,000 to build and the development was part funded by Homes England and Coventry City Council.
 

Resident Hammedali Dair is moving into one of the homes from his current accommodation in the Salvation Army.
 He said: “I have seen inside the house and it is amazing, it was a huge relief when I was told that I could have it.
 “I feel really great to be the first person to live here as everything will be new and only used by me.
 “I am so excited to move in and make it my own.” Hammedali will be living in the property with his wife and son.
 
The properties will have many benefits which include reduced fuel bills and excellent energy ratings. Managing Director at Totally Modular, John Connolly, added: “We’re thrilled that the homes have been completed and officially handed over to tenants.
“Up to 95% of work on the homes is completed in our factory. The homes are then taken to the site and craned on to precision installation pads and hooked up to the mains.
“We’re so pleased to have been involved with this project and hope the residents enjoy living in their new homes.”

Cabinet member for Housing and Communities at Coventry City Council, Tariq Khan, said: “It’s great to have seen the journey of these modular homes to completion.
“There is a housing scarcity in Coventry and these builds could be one of the ways to help tackle this as they can be built and transported to site quickly.
“I hope that the new tenants enjoy living their new home.” 

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