Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
1:36 AM 22nd July 2020

Premier Modular Awarded £7.5m Offsite Housing Contract In High Wycombe

Premier Modular Desborough Road
Premier Modular Desborough Road
East Yorkshire-based Premier Modular has been awarded a £7.5m contract by Buckinghamshire Council for the offsite construction of 58 apartments which will provide facilities for homeless people and their families in urgent need of housing. Work will start on site this summer and is due for completion in 2021.

The project in the Desborough area of High Wycombe is an innovative partnership between principal contractor Premier and Claritas Group to deliver best value for the client and a highly sustainable scheme, which will be completed in a much shorter timescale than with traditional build.

The one-bedroom apartments will be fully fitted out offsite at Premier’s factory in Brandesburton and will arrive on site late autumn, complete with shower rooms and kitchens pre-installed.

Premier Modular Desborough Road
Premier Modular Desborough Road
With fabrication and fitting out of the apartments taking place in a controlled factory environment, offsite manufacturing achieves unrivalled precision and a higher and more consistent quality of finish. The number of construction workers on site is also reduced – an important health and safety benefit following the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Cllr John Chilver, Cabinet Member for Property and Assets for Buckinghamshire Council, “As a Council, we are committed to exploring modern methods of construction and more innovative ways of delivering new housing. The use of an offsite solution for this scheme radically reduces time on site which will mean far less disruption locally during the build programme.”

Dan Allison, Director of Premier Modular, said, “There is an urgent need across the UK for emergency accommodation for people, who, often through no fault of their own, have become homeless. These individuals and families need housing for a short period of time, while a more permanent place is found for them to live. Offsite construction is very well suited to building this type of accommodation. As well as meeting the required standards for quality and sustainability, we can reduce the completion time to deliver new temporary homes more quickly for people on emergency housing waiting lists.”

The homes will be constructed around a central courtyard which will provide a valuable amenity space for residents. A housing management office, offices for the relocated British Red Cross, and laundry will be located on the ground floor, with refuse stores and cycle storage in the plaza.

The building has been designed to enhance the local area and to deliver a high standard of environmental performance. The energy-efficient ‘fabric first approach’ to the development’s construction will increase the level of insulation, reduce heat loss and air infiltration, and will use roof-mounted solar panels to generate electricity.