Part­ner­ship very promis­ing

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A pos­si­ble part­ner­ship be­tween Stan­ley Mod­u­lar and Hous­ing New Zealand could cre­ate about 70 jobs in Mata­mata.

Stan­ley Mod­u­lar has been work­ing closely with Hous­ing New Zealand by man­u­fac­tur­ing a pro­to­type – walls that are cut to size and at­tached to state houses in an ef­fort to ac­com­mo­date larger fam­i­lies.

Mod­u­lar build­ing is the ‘‘pro­duc­tion-line’’ man­u­fac­tur­ing of ‘‘mod­ules’’ that make up res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial build­ings.

Stan­ley’s mod­u­lar build­ings are man­u­fac­tured at its premises and de­liv­ered to a spe­cific site in one or more sec­tions.

While they can be a quick fix to a tem­po­rary prob­lem, most of the projects Stan­ley takes on de­liver an at­trac­tive, per­ma­nent so­lu­tion.

Stan­ley Group man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Kevin Stan­ley said it’s a con­cept to come out of Ger­many and Stan­ley Mod­u­lar is the only com­pany in New Zealand do­ing it.

They have worked with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion adding class­rooms to schools us­ing the same con­cept.

Hous­ing New Zealand has ac­knowl­edged that due to chang­ing fam­i­lies de­mo­graph­ics, they have an over­sup­ply of three bed- room homes and a real short­age of larger four and five-bed­room state rentals to ac­com­mo­date grow­ing New Zealand fam­i­lies.

Pro­ject 324&5 has been de­signed to meet this chal­lenge.

Dur­ing the next three years Hous­ing New Zealand will be adding one or two new bed­rooms to 2000 houses to pro­vide warm, dry, im­proved homes that are the right size for our ten­ants to­day and in the fu­ture.

Properties tar­geted for mod­i­fi­ca­tion will be houses which are up to 40 years old, pri­mar­ily in Auck­land and Welling­ton, and on medium to large sec­tions able to ac­com­mo­date ex­ten­sions and still have enough land to pro­vide a de­cent out­door area for ten­ants and their fam­i­lies.

Some of the three bed­room houses will be ex­panded to five bed­room, two bath­room homes where this can be ac­com­mo­dated on the site and where there is de­mand in the com­mu­nity.

The homes will also be re­fur­bished re­sult­ing in a fully mod­ernised prop­erty that is bet­ter matched to pri­or­ity de­mand.

It’s a prac­ti­cal and in­no­va­tive way to quickly lift the num­ber of fit-for-pur­pose homes avail­able to ten­ants while adding value to the prop­erty.

Mr Stan­ley said Hous­ing New Zealand was look­ing for some­thing that is man­u­fac­tured off site so there is lit­tle dis­rup­tion for the cur­rent ten­ants of the houses.

Mr Stan­ley ac­knowl­edged the hard work of Stan­ley Mod­u­lar fac­tory man­ager Gary Jack­son and his team. ‘‘ We can come up with all the ideas but it’s our guys on the ground in the fac­tory that do all the hard work. This could be big for the com­pany and big for our town.’’

In­no­va­tion: Stan­ley Mod­u­lar Fac­tory man­ager Gary Jack­son and Stan­ley Group man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Kevin Stan­ley.

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