ACDM member Vista Panels were again pleased to work with a Modular home builder on a development in South Ayrshire. The Development will deliver much-needed new affordable housing and is Scotland’s largest social modular housing development to date.
The £9.8million project is being delivered by Riverside Scotland and Connect Modular, part of The Wee House group. Vista’s GRP composite door has been specified on all of the factory built homes. “We are thrilled to see our door again used in this growing sector and feel it will really help tackle the housing crisis and the environmental one” commented Ian Smith Vista’s Business Development and Marketing Manager.
The investment – which includes Scottish Government funding of £4.7million – begins with the delivery of 63 brand new affordable homes, the first phase of a 250-strong property development located at the site. The first affordable homes will be made available to Irvine Housing Association customers before the end of the year.
Houses will be 90% complete when they depart the factory with kitchens, bathrooms, plumbing and electrics installed, facilitating a significantly shorter build programme and earlier occupancy. In comparison to a traditional build project, fabrication under factory conditions diminishes waste, improves quality, negates the impacts of adverse weather and allows for overlap of site preparation and build phases – a more efficient process all round.
Jennifer Higgins, Managing Director of Connect Modular and The Wee House Company, commented: “When choosing a composite door supplier for our Dundonald project it was important that we went with a supplier we could trust and had confidence in. Working with Riverside Scotland, our Dundonald development was Scotland’s first large-scale affordable modular housing development, attracting a lot of media attention. We had to adhere to PAS24 Document Q and “Secured-By-Design” accreditations – Vista stood out from the crowd as we saw they were also ACDM members and with some background checks it reassuring to see this body represents the composite door industry with technical support and keeps them up to date with policy changes.
Our Dundonald development was completed within budget and one month ahead of schedule – a great achievement and helped greatly by suppliers like Vista who delivered incredible service throughout.”
Councillor Philip Saxton, Housing and Community Wellbeing Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: “This is fantastic news for Dundonald and South Ayrshire, as we look to expand affordable housing. We will be able to allocate all 63 of these homes to people on our housing waiting list, I look forward to the start of works.”