Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid visited a new development from Barratt Homes in Banbury, where he was shown how the company how the company is trialling a number of offsite construction methods.
The Secretary of State met Barratt Homes workers to see how these offsite construction methods being used at Longford mean they can build new homes quicker and more easily.
Barratt Developments has increased the number of homes it has built by 50% over the past five years, last year building more than 17,000 new homes. It is hoped the new offsite construction methods will boost output even further, contributing to the government’s targets for new homes and helping tackle the country’s housing shortage.
“This Government has set out the most ambitious housing programme in a generation,” said Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. “We are doubling the housing budget with the ambition to deliver one million more homes for working people.
“That’s why it’s great to be visiting Barratt today and to be given an insight into the benefits of offsite construction on the ground. This innovative approach to housebuilding is a really exciting initiative which is significantly increasing the level and rate of construction, making home ownership possible for more and more people.”
Oliver Novakovic, Techncial & Innovation Director Barratt Group, said, “Barratt has done a full review of new methods of construction over the last three years and we are now trialling a number of these on live sites. Our objective is to enable our Divisions to have additional options to support their drive to maintain our high standards of quality whilst delivering the high volumes of homes.
“The system, supplied by SIG in conjunction with H&H Celcon, consists of large format blocks 15 times larger than our traditional blocks with an integrated floor, wall and roof.”