Britain’s first 'instant' homes have been lowered into position before being assembled in a day.
The three-bedroom semis were factory-built in just three weeks and delivered to a road in the Whitebirk area of Blackburn, Lancashire, on a flatbed truck in two sections - ground and upper floor.
Billed as a ‘solution to the housing crisis’, the units - made of galvanised steel and weighing 25 tonnes each - arrived yesterday complete with baths, showers and kitchens already included.
Driven by lorry: The units arrived yesterday complete with baths, showers and kitchens already included
Easy does it: The three-bedroom semis were factory-built in just three weeks and delivered in Blackburn
Lifted: They were delivered to the road on a flatbed truck in two sections - ground and upper floor
They were built nearby at manufacturer Easybase Home's factory in the city - with the first twofitted together yesterday, and two more arriving next Tuesday.
The homes will be let to tenants through a local housing association, with Easybase Home saying it is is talks with other housing associations and with the Ministry of Defence.
The prices are comparable to bricks and mortar homes, but the homes are complete in three weeks. They are also said to be immune to damage from adverse weather and ‘extremely energy efficient’.
Building work takes place inside a factory, while ground works on the site take about three weeks. The houses are fully assembled in a working day and only require connecting to utilities.
Neighbour Jimmy Hicks, who lives on the road where the new homes were lowered, said: ‘I think they're going to be all right, these houses.
‘I've had a look inside and they're all kitted out and ready to go. It's been really interesting to watch and I'm really impressed with them. The building work hasn't disturbed us at all.’
Gayle Udokah, who also lives on the road, said: ‘I think it's fantastic. I've worked in construction and it's been amazing to see this coming together.
‘The finished product resembles the look and feel of a traditionally-built home, but achieved in a fraction of the time.
‘Construction of our homes takes just a matter of weeks in house before the completed homes are transported from the factory in two sections.
He added: ‘The downstairs unit and upstairs unit - including the roof are delivered directly to site and come complete with a fully fitted kitchens, bathrooms, double glazing, decorated throughout, energy efficient boilers and fully insulated.
‘The biggest thing for us has been no pollution and no dust on site apart from ground works. We’ve got a house which is futuristic.
‘It's not been like being next to a building site at all. There's no noise, there's no dust, there's no pollution flying around.
‘I think it's a brilliant thing to be a part of and, of course, we'll have to see how it goes in the long term but it certainly looks like this is the future.’
Details: They are said to be immune to damage from adverse weather and 'extremely energy efficient'
In place: Billed as a 'solution to the housing crisis', the 25-tonne units are made of galvanised steel
In place: The first units were taken in two sections up the road - lower floor then upper floor and roof
Available for rent: The homes will be let to tenants through a local housing association in Lancashire
Home: Easybase Home says it is in talks with other housing associations and the Ministry of Defence
Going up: The prices are comparable to bricks and mortar homes, but the homes are complete in three weeks
Interior: The unfurnished main room of one of the three-bedroom semi 'instant' homes in Blackburn
New: The bathroom (left) and the downstairs toilet (right) inside the home, which can be made in three weeks
What's for dinner? The kitchen in the property, which was delivered to a road in Whitebirk, Blackburn
'It’s a brick house, so nobody going to the site could tell you that it wasn’t done traditionally.’
Starting their journey: They were built nearby at manufacturer Easybase Home's factory in the city
Getting ready: Building work takes place inside a factory, while ground works on the site take three weeks
Transportation: The houses are fully assembled in a working day and only require connecting to utilities
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