UK mass-produced home factory to start producing “within weeks”: report

The UK’s first mass-produced home factory is expected to fire up production soon, as a financial services firm forges ahead with its plan to reshape the country’s failing housing sector.

In February 2016 Legal & General Homes signed a long-term lease with Logicor on a 550,000 sq ft warehouse in near Leeds (Legal & General)

Ready-to-assemble sections of the cross-laminated timber homes will be delivered like flat-packed Ikea furniture, and prototypes are expected "within weeks", UK magazine Building reports today.

A source told Building that the prototypes, produced by insurance and investment group Legal & General, would be for a three-bedroom home and a five-bedroom home.

Legal & General announced in February this year that it would open the largest home-building factory in Europe in a bid to shake up the UK housing market, which is characterised by chronic undersupply of homes.

Its new division, Legal & General Homes, signed a long-term lease with Logicor on a 550,000 sq ft warehouse in Sherburn-in-Elmet, 15 miles east of Leeds. Initially the plant would employ 400 to 500 local people, the company said.

Prototypes are reported to be for a three-bed and a five-bed home (Legal & General)

Announcing the unprecedented move in February, Legal & General said it expected to deliver its first houses in June.

Legal & General had declined to comment, Building said, adding that another source gave a more cautious estimate of production starting by year end.

Building also reported that a well-known construction manager and former director of Mace, Ian Eggers, had joined Legal & General to spearhead delivery of its modular homes programme.

Eggers was now seeking alliances with housing associations and housebuilders, Building reported.

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  1. Read this article about factory built homes in the UK

  2. Yes! BUT! the golden rule is that it has to blend in with any conventional stile housing so as not to be type cast as factory built! Therefore there should, at very least be, a pitched roof option whenever it is
    considered a viable preference!

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