Prefab Sprout!

RHP has now officially launched its new modular home product ‘LaunchPod’. The prototype of the 26sqm one bedroom apartment was the first home to be made in Legal and General’s revolutionary factory in Leeds and has now been placed at RHP and Co-op Homes' head office for viewings.

At the opening event, attended by a number of interested parties, people were given an exclusive tour around the innovative housing solution as well as the chance to ask senior leaders from the partners involved a number of questions about the product.  Guests were impressed with the clever use of space from architects Wimshurst Pelleriti, with dedicated areas for cooking, eating, sleeping and work, as well as room to store essential items and to have visitors.

RHP will be using the homes to break into the intermediate market – helping the growing group of people who don’t qualify for social housing but are priced out of the private market.

David Done, RHP’s Chief Executive says: “We built the prototype as we wanted to demonstrate that if a smaller space is well designed and well built, it can be an attractive place to call home. We’re thrilled with the interest we’ve received so far and the positive feedback from those who came to our event.”

The building method in the factory uses high quality materials and ensures faster construction, a more eco-friendly build and a marked development cost reduction compared with traditional builds.

Rosie Toogood, Chief Executive of L&G Modular said: “It was incredibly exciting to see the positive reaction at the launch event and to have worked with RHP and Wimshurst Pelleriti on this truly innovative product. This prototype demonstrates the high quality of modular solutions debunking preconceptions of modular housing. L&G has a long heritage in providing housing in the UK and sees modular construction as a natural evolution and extension of its position in this market.  Modular construction is set to revolutionise the house building sector bringing new materials along with methods and processes used in industries, such as car-making to raise productivity and help to address the UK’s chronic shortfall of new homes.”

RHP has already identified a number of sites where they plan to deliver their LaunchPod homes to benefit the local community.  For more information please see this article in The Guardian newspaper