Boutique Modern - Ashington Gardens, Peacehaven - Site B

Project Details

Project - Ashington Gardens, Peacehaven - Site B

Sector - Residential

Technology - Offsite

Company - Boutique Modern

Project Overview

In 2018 Boutique Modern in partnership with OSM Construction won a tender to design, manufacture and install 6 new bungalows to 2 non-strategic garage sites in Peacehaven, East Sussex for use as retiree social housing for Lewes District Council.

Of the 2 sites to be developed, Site B proved to be by far the most challenging - located on a raised site accessible only by pedestrian pathways it proved impossible for traditional construction, but was overcome by innovative delivery of volumetric modular construction.

The delivery was executed exactly as planned, and in just a single day all 6 modules (3 homes) were sited, the cranes were de-rigged, the temporary road surface was removed and the fence to the field was reinstated. Just 3 weeks later the homes were completed and occupied by council tenants.

Completion of Ashington Gardens represents a big step forward in the provision of social housing by a local authority. Throughout the project every stakeholder has adapted well to modular construction and embraced the opportunity for innovation at each project stage.

The work Boutique Modern is doing with Lewes District Council and Lewes Building Control is attracting attention on a National scale by industry leaders and commentators alike. Local Authorities utilising a local modular buildings manufacturer to supply local social housing and in turn supporting local jobs, skills training, local economy and an active policy towards sustainability sets Ashington Gardens apart as a fantastic solution to the UK housing shortage. The success of this project has led to a further project manufacturing 13 flats for social housing to be placed in Newhaven, again for Lewes District Council. This has led to the hiring of 7 new employees full time and secured 3 skills apprenticeships for previously unskilled workers.

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