Hous­ing trust builds up its port­fo­lio

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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

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