Developers, modular construction specialists and housing associations have united in the Homes for Heroes campaign. This ambitious project with its deliberate echoes of post-WWII homes for returning veterans is designed to provide affordable housing for the frontline workers who have risked their lives during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The planned developments of modular homes will be beautifully designed and highly energy efficient with excellent digital connectivity and private outside space. Construction will take place in convenient locations with access to childcare and healthcare, schools and employment hubs.
Invest in modular
The construction industry has always kickstarted the economy in times of crisis. Homes for Heroes has been conceived as a way to persuade the government to invest in modular as a way to provide 100,000 homes in just 5 years.
Backed by housing associations, modular developers, architects and the British Property Federation, the ambitious campaign has already won the backing of Mark Farmer, the government's champion for modern methods of construction (MMC).
With plans to create house-building factories across the midlands and north-east, Homes for Heroes could be the catalyst for creating hundreds of highly skilled jobs in modular construction in England's former industrial heartlands.
Recognising the frontline
Workers on the frontline during the coronavirus crisis are among some of the lowest-paid in society. Yet these key workers have proved their value by putting themselves at risk to keep the country moving during the pandemic.
Homes for Heroes seeks to recognise their contribution to our safety by providing safe, secure, affordable and high-quality homes. Through a collaboration between government and the housing sector, Homes for Heroes is hoping its 100,000 target will provide a once in a generation opportunity to provide housing for essential workers and much-needed jobs in modular construction.
Modular construction - the perfect fit
With a 5 year timescale, the project is looking to the modular construction industry to deliver quality with speed. This highly organised and quality-controlled method of construction is a perfect fit with the aims of the Homes for Heroes project.
Large scale house building facilities can also be designed with social distancing and hygiene principles in mind, safeguarding the workforce in the new post-Covid-19 world. And by pooling resources, the project hopes to create economies of scale which deliver highly skilled jobs in the construction industry.
ilke Homes executive chairman, Dave Sheridan, said the project was a great way to build much-needed homes and spur on emerging manufacturing while supporting key workers across the country. The 5-year timeframe allows the project to boost delivery of the government's zero-carbon 2030 campaign with highly energy-efficient homes.
Uniting great causes
The Homes for Heroes campaign brings together a number of great causes. By providing Britain's amazing frontline workers with comfortable quality housing, the 100,000 homes target drives innovation and skills and creates jobs in the construction industry at exactly the right time as the country begins to emerge from lockdown.
This initiative is expected to set the bar for similar schemes by raising standards for improving housing whilst fighting climate change.