Chelmsford City Council

Modular units to help with city’s housing needs

Chelmsford City Council has developed two disused land sites in Chelmsford and is currently in the process of installing modular accommodation units, to help meet the need for additional accommodation within Chelmsford.

The 18 self-contained housing units are situated across two sites and will provide short term accommodation for families and individuals. It is expected that all 18 units will be in place by the end of November, with a further few weeks required to complete the finishing works on-site. Chelmsford City Council will be re-homing people to the units as they are handed over for occupation.

The units will provide a stable, safe and secure environment for occupants to reside. The accommodation will enable them to remain living in their local area, close to their support networks of family and friends and allowing residents to remain within a reasonable distance of their place of work and their children’s schools. During this unsettling time, their quality of life will be greatly improved.

Cabinet Member for Strategic Housing, Councillor Paul Hutchinson, said: “I am delighted that we are now at the point of installation. The units were factory assembled and are fully equipped with all mod cons. Over the last few years in Chelmsford we have seen a significant growth in house building but there has also been a huge increase in the cost of housing.”

He added “We have seen a year on year increase in the number of people applying to the City Council for help with their housing. Our aim with these new developments is to provide safe and dignified accommodation to residents in need whilst we help them to find something more permanent.”

The project has been designed to be cost effective and is anticipated to save the Council a significant amount per annum compared to the cost of renting additional accommodation. Innovative modular construction methods were used which provide quality accommodation. A number of councils have expressed an interest in the scheme and are now looking to adopt the City Council’s model.

 

Thursday 9 November 2017  

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