Innovate UK has awarded £3 million to a partnership including modular manufacturer Tempohousing for a project to trial innovative methods of housebuilding in Bristol.

The project is a partnership led by YTKO between Bristol City Council, the Bristol Housing Festival, the Building Research Establishment (BRE) , and nine leading modular housing companies, of which Tempohousing is one.

The Enabling Housing Innovation for Inclusive Growth project will run for 18 months across nine developments in Bristol, trialling nine different Modern Methods of Construction (MMC). The project will also deliver a digital toolbox which other local authorities can use to help improve the speed of housing delivery across the country.

By trialling new housebuilding methods, the project aims to improve the speed, cost and social value of nearly £78m of housing set to be built in the city over the next five years. It will enable Bristol City Council and its partners to examine how using MMC can help to cut the costs of housing production and increase the speed of delivery.

Deborah Smyth, owner and CEO of Tempohousing UK and Ireland said: ”Tempohousing provides high quality, modular homes used for both private and social housing. We’re proud to be part of this partnership and excited to have the opportunity to demonstrate our offsite construction methods in Bristol. “

“Our role is to produce a light weight module utilising a special aerated concrete and an extremely durable, non-flammable and attractive façade system with an A1 fire class. We also use a hybrid solar system that integrates with a grid comprised of a lithium ion battery back-up. Smart meter-controlled power generation with smart distribution for the homes. With this we can control power distribution from either solar, battery or grid”

Deborah Smyth is very excited to lead her team throughout the next 18 months of the project. Her team includes John O’Brien as Research Consultant, Lukasz Gruszczynski of Modulor Studio as modular architect and Rachel Duffy as project co-ordinator.

Tempohousing exhibited one of its modular apartments at the Bristol Housing Festival launch exhibition in autumn 2018.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “Building enough affordable housing is one of the biggest challenges we face across the country, and as a city we are not afraid to explore innovative ways of delivering better value, high quality, homes.
“This project is only possible thanks to the collaboration of our many partners across the housing sector. I would like to thank everyone who played a part in securing this funding, and I am looking forward to seeing what exciting developments come forward as a result.”

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