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Photo gallery: Fully decorated, fitted and ready in four weeks - the pioneering new homes being installed in Wymondham

16:07 12 August 2014

three ready made homes are lifted into place on a new development in Wymondham by Newbury which is the development company of Matthew Newbury.
Wymondham Station
Ethan and Reuben Harvey and Owen Curtis.

three ready made homes are lifted into place on a new development in Wymondham by Newbury which is the development company of Matthew Newbury. Wymondham Station Ethan and Reuben Harvey and Owen Curtis.

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They come fully decorated, fitted with the necessities - including the kitchen sink, of course - and take just four weeks to go from the factory to families.

Yesterday, three new ground-breaking homes were installed in Wymondham, just a month after they were put together in a factory.

Transported by lorry and carefully manouevered into place by crane, the homes were officially unveiled - with a search for potential tenants under way.

In just a fortnight, residents could be putting their feet up and settling in.

Built by Newbury Developments for The Saffron Housing Trust, the modular homes are part of a commitment to increasing availability of affordable housing.

three ready made homes are lifted into place on a new development in Wymondham by Newbury which is the development company of Matthew Newbury.
Wymondham Station
Ethan and Reuben Harvey and Owen Curtis.three ready made homes are lifted into place on a new development in Wymondham by Newbury which is the development company of Matthew Newbury. Wymondham Station Ethan and Reuben Harvey and Owen Curtis.

Matthew Newbury, developments director, said: “Two weeks ago these homes didn’t exist - but the factory-controlled environment they are built in means that their accuracy is much greater. These pass all building regulations by a long mile - they’re actually far more stable.”

But despite the quick turnaround, Mr Newbury said the team hadn’t rushed the project.

“This is the first time something like this has been done in East Anglia, so we aren’t racing over the finish line. We’d like to build more of these for the Saffron Trust and wider, so we aren’t in a rush.

“But it has been great doing something innovative, everyone’s been really on board,” he said.

Featuring a fully-fitted kitchen and bathroom, the homes come ready with skirting boards, cabinets and sockets all in place.

So far three homes have been constructed, with one tailored for those living with disabilities.

Could you be the next owner of one of the modular houses? Let us know by tweeting @EDP24

9 comments

  • Keith, Albert and Stew... We have the same sort of housing over here in Canada, the units are built in a factory, complete with wiring and insulation and just have to have the foundation poured. They withstand Minus 3040 even 50 degrees C in winter, and with AC in summer are quite comfortable. Why people seem to think they are unsuitable I do not know, and with reasonable maintenance, can last as long as any other type of housing. Bricks can deteriorate very quick if not waterproofed occaisionally, snow and frost can do a good job on them, and repointing can get expensive. Quality control in the factories is pretty good and no-one swipes stuff from the site....

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    canuk

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • Albert I live in a asbestos Pre fab.Nothings changed just the dullards who buy this tosh housing.Love a duck

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    PaulH

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • If you look at conventional houses being built nowadays , the internal structure seems prefabricated to a large degree . The inside is built first , then a skin of bricks put on last . They`re built much quicker than used to be the case .

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    dragonfly

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Shame Foster Property Maintenance (Norwich) takes 4 mins to destroy a Kitchen, and then take 4 weeks to repair what THEY Ruined

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    che bramley

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • How in hell did they get planning permission for these?, I wouldn't keep a dog in one.

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    mr mayhem

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • C**p housing for the poor people!

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    Norfolk John

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • We certainly did Albert and there were some big estates of prefabs. Some of them were around until a few years ago. I knew several people who lived in them and they were quite happy living in them. The last ones I saw were at Hingham about 5 year ago so they certainly aren't a new idea but maybe if the price is right may be a way forward.Would be interested to know the cost of them.

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    Keith

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • We had thm after the 2nd World War ! They were called Pre-Fabs

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    Albert Cooper

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • .....They all laughed at Christopher Columbus, when he said the world was round!....They laughed at me , on here, when I suggested ship containers could offer affordable homes !...Well?...with a bit of modification!!!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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