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New bungalow in Durrington is first affordable home built using new construction method

Wiltshire Council has worked with its contractors, Rollalong and Fisher and Dean to install its first affordable home using modern methods of construction.

Published 16 May 2024
Durrington MMC bungalow 3-2

Wiltshire Council has worked with its contractors, Rollalong and Fisher and Dean to install its first affordable home using modern methods of construction.

Utilising a modest plot of council land, the bungalow built using modern methods of construction was swung onto site by crane and is now available for social rent.

The bungalow is the first property of many the council intends to install using a modern method of construction where the whole property is custom built then delivered to the site and installed. The council is currently developing further sites at Corsley Heath and Rowde using this construction method.

The bungalow has been built to high standard, achieving an energy performance certificate of A. The layout is carefully designed with generously sized rooms and a wide hallway so that it is accessible for a range of potential tenants. The property features two bedrooms, a spacious fitted kitchen, patio doors and off road parking for two cars at the front of the property complete with an EV charging point.

This development is part of Wiltshire Council's programme to provide 1,000 affordable homes over the next decade.

Cllr Phil Alford, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Housing, said: "This new accessible bungalow built using modern methods of construction, the first of many, is a demonstration of the innovative approach we're taking to provide affordable housing for all Wiltshire residents who need it as part of our wider vision for 1,000 affordable homes across the county.

"The development is part of our council house build programme, which will see over £200m invested in building new, energy efficient council homes up to 2030. We will also make substantial investment on improving existing council homes to ensure they achieve a minimum energy performance rating of B. This property, like many others, will exceed this goal achieving a performance rating of A.

"Affordable housing is a key aim of our business plan, and this scheme is a clear example of the work we're doing to make that a reality."

This social rented property has been allocated in line with the council's allocation policy.

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