UK's first 'instant' homes assembled on Blackburn street

This Is Lancashire: UK's first 'instant' homes assembled on Blackburn street UK's first 'instant' homes assembled on Blackburn street

THE UK’s first ‘instant’ homes have been put together in a Blackburn street, officially launching a project being touted as ‘the solution to the housing crisis’.

The three-bedroomed, semi-detatched houses were built over a period of months in manufacturer’s Easybase Home Ltd’s factory in Lower Phillips Road and taken to Monmouth Road yesterday ready for construction.

The units, weighing 25 tonnes each, are made from galvanised steel and arrived in Whitebirk complete with baths, showers and kitchens already included.

There was an air of excitement as residents took to the streets to watch the unique construction work and film or photograph the process on mobile phones.

Jimmy Hicks, who lives in Monmouth Road said: “I think they’re going to be all right these houses.

“I’ve had a look inside and they’re all kitted out and ready to go.

“It’s been really interesting to watch and I’m really impressed with them. The building work hasn’t disturbed us at all.”

Gayle Udokah, who also lives in Monmouth Road said: “I think it’s fantastic.

“I’ve worked in construction and it’s been amazing to see this coming together.

“It’s not been like being next to a building site at all. There’s no noise, there’s no dust, there’s no pollution flying around.

“I think it’s a brilliant thing to be a part of and, of course, we’ll have to see how it goes in the long term but it certainly looks like this is the future.”

The first units were taken in two sections, lower floor then upper floor and roof, on the back of a flatbed truck and then craned into position before being fitted together.

Wendy Malone, head of project management at the Together Housing Group which commissioned the homes, said: “We’ll be monitoring the performance of the homes very closely over the coming months.

“Fuel efficiency and security are very important to us and our customers so we’re looking forward to seeing the results.”

Ian Chew, chief executive of Easybase Homes, added: “The houses are built to the highest quality and...they are extremely energy efficient.

“Now we are able to manufacture a complete house in just three weeks we believe we have the solution to the housing crisis.”

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8:11pm Wed 16 Apr 14

phil kernot says...

Be brick cladding same as macdonolds about 10mm thick and watch the local loons wreak em ,,, seen it before can't beat proper brick work for its many uses ,, be a flash in the pan seen it before ,,,
Be brick cladding same as macdonolds about 10mm thick and watch the local loons wreak em ,,, seen it before can't beat proper brick work for its many uses ,, be a flash in the pan seen it before ,,, phil kernot
  • Score: 20

8:35pm Wed 16 Apr 14

zabby says...

The solution to the housing crisis?let me think oh I got it close the borders
The solution to the housing crisis?let me think oh I got it close the borders zabby
  • Score: 69

9:17pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Mothernature says...

It's all well & good having these sorts of buildings to potentially solve the housing crisis, but don't you think they should be concentrating on building smaller homes for those who are desperate to downsize, therefore freeing up larger properties for those needing them. It's not as if we need bigger homes. We need homes for single people or couples without children.
It's all well & good having these sorts of buildings to potentially solve the housing crisis, but don't you think they should be concentrating on building smaller homes for those who are desperate to downsize, therefore freeing up larger properties for those needing them. It's not as if we need bigger homes. We need homes for single people or couples without children. Mothernature
  • Score: 69

9:47pm Wed 16 Apr 14

noddy57 says...

Don,t knock it un till you have tried it,they look alright to me.
Don,t knock it un till you have tried it,they look alright to me. noddy57
  • Score: 32

10:36pm Wed 16 Apr 14

M.DANNY says...

These instant homes could solve world homeless problem too as there are billion people sleeping on footpaths in the Third World like in Africa Asia South America and Middle East.
Instant homes are even better than our slums in Audley, Mill Hill, Ewood, Intack, Bastwell, Brookhouse which many are just a blot on Blackburn's landscape.
These instant homes could solve world homeless problem too as there are billion people sleeping on footpaths in the Third World like in Africa Asia South America and Middle East. Instant homes are even better than our slums in Audley, Mill Hill, Ewood, Intack, Bastwell, Brookhouse which many are just a blot on Blackburn's landscape. M.DANNY
  • Score: 20

11:10pm Wed 16 Apr 14

shirtbox says...

ANOTHER WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY.
ANOTHER WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY. shirtbox
  • Score: -42

11:38pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Malthus says...

There is only one solution to the housing crisis and that is population control. It is about time that people were educated to the fact that bearing children is a matter of choice and as such individuals should be encouraged to shy away from these base animal instincts which promote procreation; instead education should be targeted at encouraging people to stop breeding in order allow the fair and equitable distribution of wealth and resources throughout society as a whole. People used to criticize China's one child policy, now it seems they were right all along.
There is only one solution to the housing crisis and that is population control. It is about time that people were educated to the fact that bearing children is a matter of choice and as such individuals should be encouraged to shy away from these base animal instincts which promote procreation; instead education should be targeted at encouraging people to stop breeding in order allow the fair and equitable distribution of wealth and resources throughout society as a whole. People used to criticize China's one child policy, now it seems they were right all along. Malthus
  • Score: 38

12:06am Thu 17 Apr 14

Steven11 says...

Mothernature wrote:
It's all well & good having these sorts of buildings to potentially solve the housing crisis, but don't you think they should be concentrating on building smaller homes for those who are desperate to downsize, therefore freeing up larger properties for those needing them. It's not as if we need bigger homes. We need homes for single people or couples without children.
All very well and good , but our immigrants are all going to more larger houses just to accommodate all there brother cousins !
[quote][p][bold]Mothernature[/bold] wrote: It's all well & good having these sorts of buildings to potentially solve the housing crisis, but don't you think they should be concentrating on building smaller homes for those who are desperate to downsize, therefore freeing up larger properties for those needing them. It's not as if we need bigger homes. We need homes for single people or couples without children.[/p][/quote]All very well and good , but our immigrants are all going to more larger houses just to accommodate all there brother cousins ! Steven11
  • Score: 21

12:25am Thu 17 Apr 14

999999999 says...

A novel idea, lets knock down the brick/stone houses what are beyond repair and use the bricks/stones to build new ones!
A novel idea, lets knock down the brick/stone houses what are beyond repair and use the bricks/stones to build new ones! 999999999
  • Score: 22

12:29am Thu 17 Apr 14

fireonthemountain says...

Mothernature wrote:
It's all well & good having these sorts of buildings to potentially solve the housing crisis, but don't you think they should be concentrating on building smaller homes for those who are desperate to downsize, therefore freeing up larger properties for those needing them. It's not as if we need bigger homes. We need homes for single people or couples without children.
An interesting point .

My wife and I live in a house (which we own) which is far too big for us .

Yes , our kids have grown up and gone .

It is enormous , and could quite easily be converted into at least
two self contained units , or even a dozen bed sits .

Our main bathroom is bigger than most peoples living rooms .

We are about to retire . Our heating bill is ridiculous .

What do you suggest ?

Serious and genuine question .
[quote][p][bold]Mothernature[/bold] wrote: It's all well & good having these sorts of buildings to potentially solve the housing crisis, but don't you think they should be concentrating on building smaller homes for those who are desperate to downsize, therefore freeing up larger properties for those needing them. It's not as if we need bigger homes. We need homes for single people or couples without children.[/p][/quote]An interesting point . My wife and I live in a house (which we own) which is far too big for us . Yes , our kids have grown up and gone . It is enormous , and could quite easily be converted into at least two self contained units , or even a dozen bed sits . Our main bathroom is bigger than most peoples living rooms . We are about to retire . Our heating bill is ridiculous . What do you suggest ? Serious and genuine question . fireonthemountain
  • Score: 2

1:36am Thu 17 Apr 14

greenscreener says...

Move.
Move. greenscreener
  • Score: 29

6:32am Thu 17 Apr 14

Lancs Away says...

....and may we be told who will reside in these properties, maybe given to people from outside the UK but believe with a Euro passport they are "entitled" to one....I think there would be a few more needy locals that would benefit
....and may we be told who will reside in these properties, maybe given to people from outside the UK but believe with a Euro passport they are "entitled" to one....I think there would be a few more needy locals that would benefit Lancs Away
  • Score: 23

7:36am Thu 17 Apr 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

Malthus wrote:
There is only one solution to the housing crisis and that is population control. It is about time that people were educated to the fact that bearing children is a matter of choice and as such individuals should be encouraged to shy away from these base animal instincts which promote procreation; instead education should be targeted at encouraging people to stop breeding in order allow the fair and equitable distribution of wealth and resources throughout society as a whole. People used to criticize China's one child policy, now it seems they were right all along.
Education? It's been tried and it failed. Time to take away their benefits. That would get the message home
[quote][p][bold]Malthus[/bold] wrote: There is only one solution to the housing crisis and that is population control. It is about time that people were educated to the fact that bearing children is a matter of choice and as such individuals should be encouraged to shy away from these base animal instincts which promote procreation; instead education should be targeted at encouraging people to stop breeding in order allow the fair and equitable distribution of wealth and resources throughout society as a whole. People used to criticize China's one child policy, now it seems they were right all along.[/p][/quote]Education? It's been tried and it failed. Time to take away their benefits. That would get the message home BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 27

8:06am Thu 17 Apr 14

woolywords says...

I'm reserving judgement on these homes, until I've seen the annual running costs. To my eye, they seem to be rather flimsy, to be of any help in reducing the winter fuel bills.
If they can keep a family cosy, in a Northern Mill town, they should work anywhere.
I'm reserving judgement on these homes, until I've seen the annual running costs. To my eye, they seem to be rather flimsy, to be of any help in reducing the winter fuel bills. If they can keep a family cosy, in a Northern Mill town, they should work anywhere. woolywords
  • Score: 19

9:24am Thu 17 Apr 14

mavrick says...

I have seen this type of prefabricated housing units used to relieve accommodation shortages in city hospitals. It worked very well and was affordable for nurses and junior doctors. worth a fair trial.
I have seen this type of prefabricated housing units used to relieve accommodation shortages in city hospitals. It worked very well and was affordable for nurses and junior doctors. worth a fair trial. mavrick
  • Score: 22

10:47am Thu 17 Apr 14

thoroughbred says...

fireonthemountain wrote:
Mothernature wrote:
It's all well & good having these sorts of buildings to potentially solve the housing crisis, but don't you think they should be concentrating on building smaller homes for those who are desperate to downsize, therefore freeing up larger properties for those needing them. It's not as if we need bigger homes. We need homes for single people or couples without children.
An interesting point .

My wife and I live in a house (which we own) which is far too big for us .

Yes , our kids have grown up and gone .

It is enormous , and could quite easily be converted into at least
two self contained units , or even a dozen bed sits .

Our main bathroom is bigger than most peoples living rooms .

We are about to retire . Our heating bill is ridiculous .

What do you suggest ?

Serious and genuine question .
sell it and get one of these...simples
[quote][p][bold]fireonthemountain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mothernature[/bold] wrote: It's all well & good having these sorts of buildings to potentially solve the housing crisis, but don't you think they should be concentrating on building smaller homes for those who are desperate to downsize, therefore freeing up larger properties for those needing them. It's not as if we need bigger homes. We need homes for single people or couples without children.[/p][/quote]An interesting point . My wife and I live in a house (which we own) which is far too big for us . Yes , our kids have grown up and gone . It is enormous , and could quite easily be converted into at least two self contained units , or even a dozen bed sits . Our main bathroom is bigger than most peoples living rooms . We are about to retire . Our heating bill is ridiculous . What do you suggest ? Serious and genuine question .[/p][/quote]sell it and get one of these...simples thoroughbred
  • Score: 24

12:50pm Thu 17 Apr 14

flagstone says...

Malthus wrote:
There is only one solution to the housing crisis and that is population control. It is about time that people were educated to the fact that bearing children is a matter of choice and as such individuals should be encouraged to shy away from these base animal instincts which promote procreation; instead education should be targeted at encouraging people to stop breeding in order allow the fair and equitable distribution of wealth and resources throughout society as a whole. People used to criticize China's one child policy, now it seems they were right all along.
try immigration
[quote][p][bold]Malthus[/bold] wrote: There is only one solution to the housing crisis and that is population control. It is about time that people were educated to the fact that bearing children is a matter of choice and as such individuals should be encouraged to shy away from these base animal instincts which promote procreation; instead education should be targeted at encouraging people to stop breeding in order allow the fair and equitable distribution of wealth and resources throughout society as a whole. People used to criticize China's one child policy, now it seems they were right all along.[/p][/quote]try immigration flagstone
  • Score: 17

6:04pm Thu 17 Apr 14

shirtbox says...

How much do these sheds cost?
How much do these sheds cost? shirtbox
  • Score: 13

9:13pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

Malthus wrote:
There is only one solution to the housing crisis and that is population control. It is about time that people were educated to the fact that bearing children is a matter of choice and as such individuals should be encouraged to shy away from these base animal instincts which promote procreation; instead education should be targeted at encouraging people to stop breeding in order allow the fair and equitable distribution of wealth and resources throughout society as a whole. People used to criticize China's one child policy, now it seems they were right all along.
I have been saying this for years, the trouble is how do you do it? you are going to get different creeds arguing that their clan can not be reduced and they want so many percent of the planet etc etc. No Politician is going to willingly jump on this bandwagon.
[quote][p][bold]Malthus[/bold] wrote: There is only one solution to the housing crisis and that is population control. It is about time that people were educated to the fact that bearing children is a matter of choice and as such individuals should be encouraged to shy away from these base animal instincts which promote procreation; instead education should be targeted at encouraging people to stop breeding in order allow the fair and equitable distribution of wealth and resources throughout society as a whole. People used to criticize China's one child policy, now it seems they were right all along.[/p][/quote]I have been saying this for years, the trouble is how do you do it? you are going to get different creeds arguing that their clan can not be reduced and they want so many percent of the planet etc etc. No Politician is going to willingly jump on this bandwagon. Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: 17

12:14am Fri 18 Apr 14

tim otay71 says...

fireonthemountain wrote:
Mothernature wrote:
It's all well & good having these sorts of buildings to potentially solve the housing crisis, but don't you think they should be concentrating on building smaller homes for those who are desperate to downsize, therefore freeing up larger properties for those needing them. It's not as if we need bigger homes. We need homes for single people or couples without children.
An interesting point .

My wife and I live in a house (which we own) which is far too big for us .

Yes , our kids have grown up and gone .

It is enormous , and could quite easily be converted into at least
two self contained units , or even a dozen bed sits .

Our main bathroom is bigger than most peoples living rooms .

We are about to retire . Our heating bill is ridiculous .

What do you suggest ?

Serious and genuine question .
Rent it to one of the many Foreign Nationals! Then the council don't have to knock 2 houses together to accomodate them !So our hard working taxes can be then fiddled by some Hard working MP!
[quote][p][bold]fireonthemountain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mothernature[/bold] wrote: It's all well & good having these sorts of buildings to potentially solve the housing crisis, but don't you think they should be concentrating on building smaller homes for those who are desperate to downsize, therefore freeing up larger properties for those needing them. It's not as if we need bigger homes. We need homes for single people or couples without children.[/p][/quote]An interesting point . My wife and I live in a house (which we own) which is far too big for us . Yes , our kids have grown up and gone . It is enormous , and could quite easily be converted into at least two self contained units , or even a dozen bed sits . Our main bathroom is bigger than most peoples living rooms . We are about to retire . Our heating bill is ridiculous . What do you suggest ? Serious and genuine question .[/p][/quote]Rent it to one of the many Foreign Nationals! Then the council don't have to knock 2 houses together to accomodate them !So our hard working taxes can be then fiddled by some Hard working MP! tim otay71
  • Score: 12

10:20am Fri 18 Apr 14

Mothernature says...

fireonthemountain wrote:
Mothernature wrote: It's all well & good having these sorts of buildings to potentially solve the housing crisis, but don't you think they should be concentrating on building smaller homes for those who are desperate to downsize, therefore freeing up larger properties for those needing them. It's not as if we need bigger homes. We need homes for single people or couples without children.
An interesting point . My wife and I live in a house (which we own) which is far too big for us . Yes , our kids have grown up and gone . It is enormous , and could quite easily be converted into at least two self contained units , or even a dozen bed sits . Our main bathroom is bigger than most peoples living rooms . We are about to retire . Our heating bill is ridiculous . What do you suggest ? Serious and genuine question .
As this story is about properties for rent & the housing crisis, those who will never be able to afford to buy a house will be looking to this sort of property to help solve the problem. Why you would think you have the same sort of problem is beyond me, but as I try to be a nice person, I would suggest you sell up & build or buy a bungalow and with good fortune you will have many years in a home that will be easier all round to manage. Any monies spare would then give you the financial freedom to do as you wish. One thing I wouldn't be doing is holding onto such a large property, especially, if in the future you or your wife needs care. You might as well give it to the government now as they will get it or the monies from the sale of it, to pay for any future care needs you may require.
[quote][p][bold]fireonthemountain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mothernature[/bold] wrote: It's all well & good having these sorts of buildings to potentially solve the housing crisis, but don't you think they should be concentrating on building smaller homes for those who are desperate to downsize, therefore freeing up larger properties for those needing them. It's not as if we need bigger homes. We need homes for single people or couples without children.[/p][/quote]An interesting point . My wife and I live in a house (which we own) which is far too big for us . Yes , our kids have grown up and gone . It is enormous , and could quite easily be converted into at least two self contained units , or even a dozen bed sits . Our main bathroom is bigger than most peoples living rooms . We are about to retire . Our heating bill is ridiculous . What do you suggest ? Serious and genuine question .[/p][/quote]As this story is about properties for rent & the housing crisis, those who will never be able to afford to buy a house will be looking to this sort of property to help solve the problem. Why you would think you have the same sort of problem is beyond me, but as I try to be a nice person, I would suggest you sell up & build or buy a bungalow and with good fortune you will have many years in a home that will be easier all round to manage. Any monies spare would then give you the financial freedom to do as you wish. One thing I wouldn't be doing is holding onto such a large property, especially, if in the future you or your wife needs care. You might as well give it to the government now as they will get it or the monies from the sale of it, to pay for any future care needs you may require. Mothernature
  • Score: 11

6:12pm Fri 18 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

tim otay71 wrote:
fireonthemountain wrote:
Mothernature wrote:
It's all well & good having these sorts of buildings to potentially solve the housing crisis, but don't you think they should be concentrating on building smaller homes for those who are desperate to downsize, therefore freeing up larger properties for those needing them. It's not as if we need bigger homes. We need homes for single people or couples without children.
An interesting point .

My wife and I live in a house (which we own) which is far too big for us .

Yes , our kids have grown up and gone .

It is enormous , and could quite easily be converted into at least
two self contained units , or even a dozen bed sits .

Our main bathroom is bigger than most peoples living rooms .

We are about to retire . Our heating bill is ridiculous .

What do you suggest ?

Serious and genuine question .
Rent it to one of the many Foreign Nationals! Then the council don't have to knock 2 houses together to accomodate them !So our hard working taxes can be then fiddled by some Hard working MP!
Hard working MP.!! Where would you find one of them ? ? Great pity about their leader though getting stung by a jelly fish he's been stinging the electorate for years
[quote][p][bold]tim otay71[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fireonthemountain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mothernature[/bold] wrote: It's all well & good having these sorts of buildings to potentially solve the housing crisis, but don't you think they should be concentrating on building smaller homes for those who are desperate to downsize, therefore freeing up larger properties for those needing them. It's not as if we need bigger homes. We need homes for single people or couples without children.[/p][/quote]An interesting point . My wife and I live in a house (which we own) which is far too big for us . Yes , our kids have grown up and gone . It is enormous , and could quite easily be converted into at least two self contained units , or even a dozen bed sits . Our main bathroom is bigger than most peoples living rooms . We are about to retire . Our heating bill is ridiculous . What do you suggest ? Serious and genuine question .[/p][/quote]Rent it to one of the many Foreign Nationals! Then the council don't have to knock 2 houses together to accomodate them !So our hard working taxes can be then fiddled by some Hard working MP![/p][/quote]Hard working MP.!! Where would you find one of them ? ? Great pity about their leader though getting stung by a jelly fish he's been stinging the electorate for years ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 13

12:13pm Sat 19 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

shirtbox wrote:
How much do these sheds cost?
If the Clowncil negotiated the price about 2 or 3 times what they would have done ! !
[quote][p][bold]shirtbox[/bold] wrote: How much do these sheds cost?[/p][/quote]If the Clowncil negotiated the price about 2 or 3 times what they would have done ! ! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 12

3:40pm Sat 19 Apr 14

zabby says...

The only reason Britain needs all this extra housing is to accommodate ,the masses of immigrants,it's not rocket science,close the borders turf out illegals and overstayers ,then there's plenty of property for any one here legally
The only reason Britain needs all this extra housing is to accommodate ,the masses of immigrants,it's not rocket science,close the borders turf out illegals and overstayers ,then there's plenty of property for any one here legally zabby
  • Score: 11

5:32pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Malthus wrote:
There is only one solution to the housing crisis and that is population control. It is about time that people were educated to the fact that bearing children is a matter of choice and as such individuals should be encouraged to shy away from these base animal instincts which promote procreation; instead education should be targeted at encouraging people to stop breeding in order allow the fair and equitable distribution of wealth and resources throughout society as a whole. People used to criticize China's one child policy, now it seems they were right all along.
There is one quick way of stopping a population boom, stop child benefits after the second child, sorry for speaking common sense!!
[quote][p][bold]Malthus[/bold] wrote: There is only one solution to the housing crisis and that is population control. It is about time that people were educated to the fact that bearing children is a matter of choice and as such individuals should be encouraged to shy away from these base animal instincts which promote procreation; instead education should be targeted at encouraging people to stop breeding in order allow the fair and equitable distribution of wealth and resources throughout society as a whole. People used to criticize China's one child policy, now it seems they were right all along.[/p][/quote]There is one quick way of stopping a population boom, stop child benefits after the second child, sorry for speaking common sense!! Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 13

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