L&G unveils first modular prototype

Legal & General (L&G) has revealed its first turn-key modular housing prototype, and announced that it will deliver its first modular homes in the first half of 2018.

Located outside its 550,000 sq ft factory in Selby near Leeds, the prototype is a two-storey, two-bedroom home.

L&G said it was currently ‘exploring a range of designs’ and expects to deliver its first homes in the first half of next year. 

The Leeds site is building the capacity to produce thousands of homes per year across eight production lines. The homes will be constructed from cross-laminated timber (CLT) in a controlled environment, allowing them to be completed in a matter of weeks rather than months. This approach also has environmental benefits, storing 1 tonne of CO2 in every cubed metre of CLT used in the construction of each home.

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Rosie Toogood, chief executive of L&G Modular, said: “The unveiling our first prototype today marks an exciting and important step in our programme to bring modular homes constructed from CLT to market. This prototype demonstrates the high quality of our modular solutions debunking preconceptions of modular housing. At full production, homes like this will be delivered repeatedly in a matter of weeks without the snagging issues faced by traditional methods.

“L&G has a long heritage in providing housing in the UK and sees modular construction as a natural evolution and extension of its position in this market.  Modular construction is set to revolutionise the house building sector bringing new materials along with methods and processes used in industries, such as car-making to raise productivity and help to address the UK’s chronic shortfall of new homes.”

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