Modular housing has long been lauded as a large part of the solution to the UK’s affordable housing shortage, and as a specialist in bespoke modular buildings, Elite Systems is ideally placed to meet the brief.
For over 25 years, Elite Systems has been manufacturing and installing bespoke modular buildings for the healthcare, education and commercial sectors. The company has built up a wealth of experience and knowledge in the off-site construction sector across the design, manufacture and fit-out disciplines. And as interest in modular housing increases, Elite has opted to use its expertise to develop its unique bespoke modular housing solution.
Elite Systems’ goal is simple: to provide a low-cost but superior housing product that will meet the needs of local authorities and housing developers alike, and is especially well suited to providing affordable housing on smaller plots or schemes.
While there has been much discussion around modular homes, Elite Systems recognised that for some customers, seeing is believing. That’s why the company has taken the unusual step of developing a full-scale show house.
The show house is designed to be every bit as welcoming and well-built as a traditional bricks and mortar home. With a total floorplate of 730 sq ft, the show house offers plenty of space for modern family life. The ground floor comprises a welcoming lounge and open plan kitchen and dining area, with a downstairs W/C. Upstairs, there are three bedrooms: the master bedroom has an en suite bathroom, with the family bathroom also on this floor.
The house is designed to cater for an average sized family, but the flexibility of Elite’s manufacturing system means that its modular homes can be larger or smaller as required: the company can fit each home to the specific dimensions of a particular plot, and as the homes are not ‘off the shelf’, the design team can vary the configuration and size of rooms too.
Under the surface
Elite’s modular homes are built around a steel and timber hybrid frame, which offers a sturdy basis which can be reconfigured to match the size of any plot. PIR insulation helps to control energy usage and reduces heat loss from the property
The modular homes can be clad and finished to match the aesthetic of a wider scheme or to meet the planning conditions for a particular area. As the show house is created to demonstrate the look and feel of the home, Elite’s designers opted for attractive cedar cladding and brick for the show house’s exterior walls, with lightweight yet strong Colorcoat Urban® system used for the building’s roof.
How did Elite do it?
From design to completion, Elite’s show house was finished within just eight to nine weeks: that’s around four weeks’ design time, three weeks for manufacturing and a further two weeks to install and finish at the site. The whole process is highly controlled, giving customers the ability to closely monitor costs and allowing Elite to guarantee the quality of the final product
The process is scaleable, and creating multiple units would bring time savings as the design, build and fit-out processes would run concurrently on different properties. After all, one of the key benefits of off-site construction is its speed and efficiency when compared to traditional build.
And with just a couple of weeks on-site, the health and safety implications are overwhelmingly positive too. Plus, a factory-based assembly means that the build process isn’t subject to delays caused by poor weather.
Commenting on the show house, Elite Systems’ commercial manager Jason Bowker said: “We wanted our show house to be an example of how we can use our 25 years expertise in off-site construction to provide a bespoke modular housing solution, and the show house is a sign of our commitment to and belief in our off-site construction systems.”