Modular home builders form trade body
A new trade body has been launched to promote the interests of modular building firms and accelerate the growth of the sector.
Make Modular brings together leading modular housing manufacturers: TopHat, Urban Splash, Ilke Homes, Laing O’Rourke and Legal & General Modular.
Supported by the wider manufacturers body Make UK, together the member firms claim to have created more than 2,000 new jobs during the last three years.
Make Modular members are planning to help solve the UK’s housing crisis by delivering 75,000 affordable homes before the end of the decade, with a combined capacity to produce a new home every two hours from their factories.
Dave Sheridan, chair of Make UK Modular, said: “Modular housing has grown rapidly in the last few years. The establishment of our own trade body is the crucial next step in this process.
“As a natural partner to government to solve the housing crisis, deliver the levelling up agenda, and combat climate change Make Modular will accelerate and advance the MMC agenda through one strong voice rather than a series of disparate ones.”
Make UK chief executive Stephen Phipson added: “Imaginative and speedy solutions are required to tackle Britain’s housing crisis and modular housing could certainly play a significant part in helping local authorities deliver the challenging home building targets set for them by government. But to make real significant progress, modular housing needs to have equal access to land for construction with many sites still favouring traditional modes of construction.
“Modular also needs to have the weight of government procurement behind it using a joined-up approach including education, defence and housing to build much needed scale the UK’s modular industry.”