Blackburn homes to be built in just 48 hours

Blackburn homes to be built in just 48 hours

One of the house sections in the factory

Managing director Ian Chew

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FOUR factory-built ‘instant’ homes will be put up in Blackburn in just 48 hours later this month.

The steel-framed, brick-fascias and semi-detached properties will be first of their kind in the country when they appear in Monmouth Road.

Commissioned by social housing firm Twin Valley Homes, they were constructed at manufacturer Easybase Home Ltd’s factory in the town. B Originally ordered last May, the plan was to have them ready for occupation that autumn.

After nine months of teething problems, construction is now almost complete and they will be removed from the Whitebirk Industrial Estate factory and transported in sections on flatbed trucks to the site on April 16 and 17. Despite the delay, the social housing organisation is so pleased it has discussed further co-operation and Easybase have several other customers in the pipeline. Managing director Ian Chew said: “It's been a long time in the development stages and with all our hard work it's nice to see our pilot project coming to fruition.

“It's been a roller coaster ride and, with the support of Simon Kerr from Twin Valley, we have finally got to the finish line.

“It's an exciting prospect to know that Easybase Home has delivered a ‘first in its kind project’ on it's doorstep.”

Each home comes in two pieces, ground floor and upper floor/roof, which are slotted together on-site.

They include fitted kitchens and bathrooms, double glazing, energy-efficient boilers and insulation. Twin Valley Homes will make them available for rent and they will be ready to move into this summer.

The Shadsworth site is being prepared with fencing, driveways and lawned gardens for the delivery.

The houses will be greeted at Monmouth Road by a crane which will locate the lower unit into position so the team can secure it to the foundations.

Mr Chew added that the next round of homes would take just a few weeks to build and deliver now the development is complete and the process tried and tested.

BThe firm was founded seven years ago in Bacup by Mr Chew. It began specialising in conservatories, garden rooms and modular buildings, moving to Blackburn in 2013.

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8:51pm Tue 8 Apr 14

LancsLad92 says...

I think it's great that we were one of the first to take this step forward in the UK, I remember watching a documentary about a Chinese billionaire being first (or one of the first) to build these.

They'll be affordable, simple and can be stacked and extended if needed. Office buildings and industrial buildings can also be created this way with the same benefits. They're exactly what the housing market needs at moment.

Who would of thought Lego-like houses would be the way forward?
I think it's great that we were one of the first to take this step forward in the UK, I remember watching a documentary about a Chinese billionaire being first (or one of the first) to build these. They'll be affordable, simple and can be stacked and extended if needed. Office buildings and industrial buildings can also be created this way with the same benefits. They're exactly what the housing market needs at moment. Who would of thought Lego-like houses would be the way forward? LancsLad92
  • Score: 8

10:19pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Mothernature says...

Since when has Monmouth Road been part of Shadsworth. It was always part of Intack when I lived round that way.
Since when has Monmouth Road been part of Shadsworth. It was always part of Intack when I lived round that way. Mothernature
  • Score: 6

3:06pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Cimbri says...

As someone whom had relatives living in a post-war, 'pre-fab' house for years, still thinking that, they should never have gone out of fashion, I wholeheartedly welcome their return and long to see more of them being built.
Shame that nobody thought to mention the price of one, as I'm certain that many would welcome the chance to be a 'guinea pig' family in one, were the price right.
Mind you, I hope that they are tied together with security bolts, as I've visions of one being stolen, by some scallywag with a socket wrench!
As someone whom had relatives living in a post-war, 'pre-fab' house for years, still thinking that, they should never have gone out of fashion, I wholeheartedly welcome their return and long to see more of them being built. Shame that nobody thought to mention the price of one, as I'm certain that many would welcome the chance to be a 'guinea pig' family in one, were the price right. Mind you, I hope that they are tied together with security bolts, as I've visions of one being stolen, by some scallywag with a socket wrench! Cimbri
  • Score: 5

3:22pm Wed 9 Apr 14

DaveBurnley says...

Great that these are being made in the area rather than being imported from China.
Great that these are being made in the area rather than being imported from China. DaveBurnley
  • Score: 8

3:25pm Wed 9 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Cimbri wrote:
As someone whom had relatives living in a post-war, 'pre-fab' house for years, still thinking that, they should never have gone out of fashion, I wholeheartedly welcome their return and long to see more of them being built.
Shame that nobody thought to mention the price of one, as I'm certain that many would welcome the chance to be a 'guinea pig' family in one, were the price right.
Mind you, I hope that they are tied together with security bolts, as I've visions of one being stolen, by some scallywag with a socket wrench!
No doubt the price will be plus Clowncil tax LOL
[quote][p][bold]Cimbri[/bold] wrote: As someone whom had relatives living in a post-war, 'pre-fab' house for years, still thinking that, they should never have gone out of fashion, I wholeheartedly welcome their return and long to see more of them being built. Shame that nobody thought to mention the price of one, as I'm certain that many would welcome the chance to be a 'guinea pig' family in one, were the price right. Mind you, I hope that they are tied together with security bolts, as I've visions of one being stolen, by some scallywag with a socket wrench![/p][/quote]No doubt the price will be plus Clowncil tax LOL ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 6

10:23pm Wed 9 Apr 14

shirtbox says...

Is the pre-fab site at guide still empty? They wont be mortgageable I don't think.
Is the pre-fab site at guide still empty? They wont be mortgageable I don't think. shirtbox
  • Score: 2

12:20am Thu 10 Apr 14

Steven11 says...

They will soon be filled up by our imported un wanted immigrant friends .
They will soon be filled up by our imported un wanted immigrant friends . Steven11
  • Score: 3

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