Property

Why prefab housing is absolutely fab

By Ann Huyck 11 July 2017
Summary

Welcome to your new home.

There’s a housing crisis in the UK.

There’s an annual need for a quarter of a million new homes, but only around 130,000 are being built.

Enter Legal & General, and the magical world of prefab houses.

L&G is planning to revolutionise the housing market with a range of prefabricated, modular homes and it’s just unveiled its first prototype.

The hope is that sturdy and sustainable materials, mixed with proven technology, can be turned into high-quality homes to help to solve the UK’s housing crisis.

L&G Factory.

What is a prefab house?

When you think of an assembly line, what comes to mind?

Henry Ford and the Model T? Foxconn’s Chinese warehouses churning out millions of Apple iPhones?

But, picture this – instead of smartphones or cars rolling down the line, it’s a bedroom wall or a bathroom.

A prefabricated home is entirely built in a factory, then transported to the site mostly complete, carpets, kitchens and all. All that’s left is to build the foundation.

These homes can then be installed within a single day.

No more waiting around for move-in day.

L&G engineered wood.

Environmentalists rejoice

These homes don’t just look good, they are good.

All L&G homes are made with sustainably sourced timber, the growth of which stores carbon, instead of releasing it into the air like traditional manufacturing.

Their homes are incredibly energy efficient, helping you to save money on heating costs. One model of home even claims that you’ll only spend £25 a year to keep it warm.

Result.

L&G prototype home.

Don’t call it cookie cutter

But don’t let the “factory produced” label scare you, these homes can still be customised to fit your tastes.

L&G offer many different models to choose from and they can even build apartment blocks up to 20 storeys.

They also do all of the painting in the factory, so your home can be as colourful as you are, without all of the work.

L&G prototype

Once the L&G factory in Leeds is fully operational, the plan is to produce 3,000 homes a year.

The factory is said to be on its way to becoming the biggest prefabricated home production site in the world.

It’s a housing project that will create around 500 new jobs across the different manufacturing processes.

The first batch of homes are due to be installed at the beginning of next year.

Will you be moving in?

Take a look at today’s prototype below: