Housing trust builds up its portfolio
CUSTOMERS have moved into Halton Housing Trust’s flagship self-build scheme in Runcorn.
Grange House – four low carbon, timber framed and panelled terraced houses – was built by the homes group’s property services team, rather than by external contractors.
From laying the foundations to sign-off, it took half the time of a traditional building method.
HHT worked with low carbon housing manufacturer LoCaL Homes on the £500,000 terrace in Grangeway opposite Halton Lodge Primary School, which has provided muchneeded affordable housing for residents, a trust spokeswoman said.
Timber panels were produced off-site and assembled on-site to form the house structure.
The spokeswoman said that as well as the design being environmentally conscious, sound and air tests results have had ‘exceptional’ results.
She said the development team was researching innovative materials and products to reduce maintenance and building times.
Nicky Harris, HHT’s development manager, said: “Using preconstructed timber panels built off site is an alternative to brick and mortar.
“We’re really impressed with the build times and hope to use this method again in the future.
“The homes are fitted with the latest technology- ● for example boilers that measure heat use and alter their output so they work efficiently, saving energy and hopefully costs for our customers.
“The style of Grange House is unique and we think it adds a vibrancy to the area, as well as providing much needed homes for our customers.”
Halton Housing Trust’s Grange House self-build project