At the UK’s largest self and custom build community, Graven Hill, a third of self-build homes built between 2018 – 2021 have used modern methods of construction (MMC). This refers to non-traditional methods of building, including both off-site manufacturing and innovative on-site techniques such as tunnel form.
With the Government having announced an MMC taskforce in its latest Budget to encourage the delivery of such homes in the UK, Graven Hill aims to remain a part of this important movement as it shifts into its next phase.
This year, one of Graven Hill’s specialist suppliers is on track to complete 25 prefabricated homes on the development. Since 2018, the pioneering development has seen a total of 34 self and custom build projects built using MMC. On average, these houses take 2-3 days to assemble and make watertight, then around 6-7 weeks to construct and finish on site: considerably quicker than the average bricks and mortar home. All homes meet or exceed the high-quality building standards set by Graven Hill.
At Graven Hill, each self-build project has a ‘Plot Passport’, which has been pre-approved by the local council. This outlines the parameters and other key guidelines for that specific plot. As long as self-builders follow this Plot Passport, they can get planning permission in just 28 days, as opposed to the usual 8-13 weeks. For those that have chosen to build their home using MMC, this further increases the speed of completion.
Homes built off-site have proven to be popular with Graven Hill residents, ensuring quick and simple construction, and minimising disruption on site.
Karen Curtin, managing director at Graven Hill, said: “The announcement of the MMC taskforce was positive news. All of our Plot Passports allow for the use of MMC techniques, and we believe it will play an important role in the future of housing developments.
“With the help of our specialist suppliers, we have proven that prefabricated homes can be just as high quality and aesthetically beautiful as traditional homes. Offering both speed and affordability, MMC certainly looks to be the way forward for housing and we’re proud to be part of the revolution.”
Not only do the site’s self-build homes benefit from MMC, but so do its custom build new homes. A range of ‘move in ready’ new build homes are available to buy now, with many eligible for Help to Buy. From two- and three-bed terraces to five-bed detached homes, accessibility is at the core of Graven Hill. The flexibility and affordability of MMC ensures this can be achieved without having to compromise on quality.
For more information, get in contact with the Graven Hill team.