Affordable homes in the blink of an eye

Pre-assembled modules delivered to Duns and Eyemouth will be ready to move in to within weeks.
Pre-assembled modules delivered to Duns and Eyemouth will be ready to move in to within weeks.

An update on the Borders’ current affordable housing situation includes homes in Berwickshire that are completed in less than a month.

Housing associations across the region have 244 houses either completed or in the pipeline during the current financial year but Berwickshire Housing Association is leading the way in Scotland with their new social housing developments at Eyemouth and Duns which are the first pre-assembled modular SIPs (structural insulated panel pre-fabricated) in the country.

“The final batch of pre-fabricated units was delivered to Duns on Tuesday,” said Helen Forsyth, Berwickshire Housing Association chief executive.

“The site in the Station Road area of Duns will provide 30 new homes and the Acredale Road site in Eyemouth will provide 32 new homes for the town, all of which are on track for completion and letting in early 2015.”

The two and three storey family homes and cottage flats are pre-assembled in the factory and transported to site, with two pre-built modules per house.

The trusses are added on site and the houses can be made wind-and-water-tight in just 22 days.

The bulk of the pre-fabrication work for the Duns and Eyemouth homes was carried out in a factory in Livingston, the homes assembled into an entire module per floor, complete with windows, doors, finishing joinery and undercoat of paint. They were then transported to site and lifted into place by crane.

Earlier this month architects Anderson Bell Christie, Adston Construction Group and Berwickshire Housing Association hosted a visit of Scottish Federation of Housing Associations members to the innovative new housing development in Eyemouth,

Helen Forsyth, added: “With the bulk of the work conducted off-site at the Adston factory in Livingston the construction period is greatly reduced, with less disruption to nearby residents.

“Any delays due to poor weather are largely avoided and the quality control is second to none.”