Housing secretary Esther McVey wants the UK to become the world leader in modular homes within the next 10 years. 

McVey was speaking at the Legal & General Modular Factory in Leeds, which will produce more than 3,500 modular homes per year once fully operational.

Modular homes can lead to faster on-site process compared with traditional homebuilding, and represent an ideal option for aspiring self builders who prefer a more hands-off approach.

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Modular homes are developed by package companies, or turnkey providers, away from the building site before being delivered to site ready for erection. 

The modular homes market is set to expand over the next six years, and McVey made her intention clear for the UK to be influential in its development. 

McVey said: “I want the UK to become the world leader in modular homes within the next 10 years, with safety, quality and choice at its heart.

“Homes built using modern methods can be of higher quality, greener and built to last. Today’s announcement shows Leeds is wasting no time in investing in new technology and getting Britain building.”

Environmentally-Sustainable Construction

The adoption of environmentally-sustainable construction practices is one the primary reasons the modular homes market is thriving, which helps to increase the quality of construction. 

Legal & General Modular is currently training its employers to embrace modern methods of construction to ensure their modular homes are high quality, green homes. 

Rosie Toogood, CEO of Legal & General Modular Homes, said: “We have taken a high-tech engineering approach to developing our product range, designing and manufacturing homes in a truly innovative way that will transform the way homes are built in the UK.

“We believe modular manufacturing is vital to delivering much-needed homes, alongside supporting new skilled jobs and productivity growth for the UK.”

Earlier this month Wirral Council approved a modular house scheme that will see 347 modular homes built in Merseyside, all of which will be customisable by those moving in.

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