Weaver Vale Housing Trust to pilot first MMC homes in North West

Weaver Vale Housing Trust has announced it is working in partnership with leading public sector strategic asset manager, PSP (Public Sector Plc), to deliver their first new housing development using Modern Methods of Construction.

Weaver Vale Housing Trust is an innovative and ambitious housing association which currently owns and manages 6,200 homes in Cheshire and Warrington but has bold ambitions to increase its housing stock by almost 10% over a five-year period.

With a strong focus on creating sustainable, energy efficient homes, the project marks Weaver Vale Housing Trust’s commitment towards its target to deliver 800 high quality, energy efficient new homes by 2026.

Due for completion in 2023, the offsite constructed development will be the first of its kind for Weaver Vale Housing Trust and will lead to the creation of circa 15 high-quality, low-energy, affordable homes.

The development will deliver a mix of family homes – all of which will be made available for affordable rent and benefit from low energy bills as a result of the fabric first approach

The project with Weaver Vale Housing Trust comes hot on the heels of PSP completing a zero carbon housing offsite constructed development in Kent. The team at PSP is now working with a number of housing associations across the UK which are looking to scale up the delivery of energy-efficient, affordable housing.

Jo Fallon, Assistant Director of Development at Weaver Vale Housing Trust, said:

“The new homes we are building in partnership with PSP are a landmark for us as they will see us construct our first new housing development using Modern Methods of Construction with a fabric first approach.

“As a company we have set targets for all of our homes to use clean energy by 2024 and to be carbon neutral by 2050. However, we have also set ambitious targets to deliver 800 new homes by 2026. This new development with consultancy services provided by PSP gives us the best of both worlds and proves we can deliver high-quality, low carbon homes as part of an ambitious pipeline of new homes.”

Kate Howe, Development Director at PSP, said:

“We’re excited to be working with the team at Weaver Vale Housing Trust to develop its first MMC housing project and help them develop a product and specification that the team can integrate into their future pipeline.

“Today’s announcement is the next in a number of projects to be delivered for our public sector partners as we continue our expansion into the end-to-end delivery of low-carbon and zero carbon housing.

“Our development management service is helping housing association speed up delivery of new homes. The PSP turnkey offering means we take full ownership of the programme, from land acquisition, planning permission through to design and build.

“PSP and WVHT are like-minded organisations. We share the same values on delivering high-quality, low carbon homes that truly are affordable for the home occupiers. With the energy price crisis affecting everyone, the homes we hope to deliver will help combat fuel poverty and deliver low energy bills.”