Partnership very promising
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.