New plants earmarked for Midlands and South-east

Countryside Properties plans to ramp up its offsite housing activity by spending £12m opening two more factories to build modular homes.

The housebuilder wants to take output using the method to 7,500 units a year by 2023 and has already spent £6m opening its first modular homes factory in Warrington in April.

It expects to have built around 400 units using a floor and wall panelised system at the plant by the end of the current financial year, which closes on 30 September.

The components are delivered onsite with first-fix plumbing and electrical channels installed, windows in place and insulation sealed into the unit.

Countryside Properties MMC factory, Warrington

Countryside spent £6m on this plant in Warrington

Countryside’s housebuilding chief executive Phillip Lyons, who also heads up the group’s procurement activities, said the firm was looking to open a facility in the Midlands and then one in the south-east of England, possibly in Kent or Essex.

He said: “We wanted to bring our activity in-house and the Warrington factory is not a trial, it’s the real thing. We intend to roll it out across the UK.” 

A second factory is earmarked to be established in a yet-to-be confirmed location in the Midlands in between 18 months and two years, with a capacity of 3,000 units a year.

The third plant is expected to be built in 2022 or 2023 and like the Midlands facility will be able to turn out 3,000 systems a year.

In a trading update last week, the housebuilder said it was on track to complete an anticipated 5,944 homes in the full year, up more than a third on last year’s total.

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