A modular housing factory capable of producing 2,000 homes a year has been opened in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire by developer Project Etopia.
The factory, which is 50,000 square feet, will help complete London’s first modular commuter village being constructed in Corby, Northamptonshire.
Joseph Daniels, chief executive of Project Etopia, said: “This is an exciting and important milestone for us that will help us achieve our ambition to produce 21,500 eco-modular homes by 2025.
“This is a critical time for house building in the UK with homes still not being built quickly enough, locking millions of people out of the property market.
“Our modular homes can be built incredibly quickly, and still be given a luxury finish, smart technology and sustainability features as standard.
“By providing environmentally-friendly, affordable houses which can be built in a matter of days, we want to make it possible for everyone to own their own home but without killing the planet. Living in a modular home is no longer a compromise.”
The opening of the factory will create 120 full-time jobs in 12 months, and 250 within two years.
The development has 4wall’s insulated panels, which can handle up to 400mph winds, are the first of their kind and can be built to different size specifications depending on the project.
Project Etopia is in the process of building 47 modular eco homes in Corby, Northamptonshire, and 4wall units rolling off the production line in Ellesmere Port will be used to complete the project.
The Corby development has already been chosen to be one of five Building for 2050 research projects funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.